TAG: Poverty

Call For Global Citizens To Rock Out World Hunger

Call For Global Citizens To Rock Out Hunger

Live music, a crowd and good vibes are essential at a music festival. Taking music events a step beyond is Hugh Evans and the vision of the Global Citizen Festival. The Global Citizen Festival is an annual music project featuring live performances. More than a celebration of music, though, it has the heftier goal of working with the Global Poverty Project to end extreme poverty by 2030. The motivator behind the movement, Hugh Evans, reminded that in 2010 statistics concluded that 1.2 billion live in extreme poverty, and the Global Citizen Festival recognizes the need for businesses and government to… read more

The History Of Food Banks

The History Of Food Banks

The first food bank in the U.S., St. Mary’s, was established in 1967 in Arizona. The founder, John van Hengel, used to volunteer serving meals when he had the thought to do even more for his community. He heard one of the mothers at St. Vincent DePaul where he helped hand out meals say that she was only able to provide food for her children by searching through dumpsters at grocery stores and taking them to soup kitchens for free meals. This drove him to connect with others in the community to work out a system where those who had… read more

Losing Our Humanity

Losing Our Humanity

Humankind now lives in a time of profound change, social and economic turmoil, and unprecedented environmental challenges. Some say the future is not what it used to be. That the past is dead. And the present is an illusion. It’s safe to say that the future holds potential vastly different to our “business as usual”, far removed from the economic model to which society’s power-brokers so desperately cling. Change is inevitable. This is not least because the challenges we face are simultaneously environmental, technological, economic, social and cultural. Human self-interest as we know it is destined to evolve. Increasingly, people… read more

We Can’t Go On Like This

over-spending

In the face of rising debt levels and environmental degradation, many writers now argue that economic progress (as we currently know it) is destined for collapse. They claim that it is – by its nature – doomed. This is shocking news for people who live to shop or who view television as the panacea to unhappiness. Is it possible that the over-spending, over-consuming, credit-card lifestyle of our contemporary age is on a trajectory to oblivion? Despite threatening the ecosystems upon which it depends, the overblown expression of human self-interest known as economic development (aka modern wealth) perpetuates a vision for… read more

Will Fast Food Serve Up A Fair Wage?

Will Fast Food Serve Up A Fair Wage?

Recent strikes have been occurring over the past few months and probably more are in the works for the restaurant industry. Fair wages are on the itinerary, and low wage workers are tired of waiting. If you have ever been employed in fast food production or know someone who has, this is a pertinent subject. Long hours, no benefits, and often irregular schedules can also come with a side of low pay for many food service workers. Fast food is no stranger to criticism over rising obesity levels and poor nutrition. However, healthy options offered or not, current society is… read more

Don’t Give Up The Fight

Don't Give Up The Fight

What do you reckon? Is the cause of today’s environmental challenges over-population? Over-consumption? Apathy? Greed? Various writers claim that our industrial system of economic development is the reason for our planetary malaise. Is the economic structure of the so-called democratically “free” world guilty? If so, how on earth can we transform a system whose global reach is ever-expanding? If poverty, like population, is a key player in our environmental challenges, surely a system established to generate prosperity is more of a help than a hindrance? Surely…not. The bad news is when you dig below the surface, the values and ideologies… read more