This is the first post in a series of posts discussing issues related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) agreed upon by leaders from around the world in 2015 at the United Nations. The purpose of this series is to discuss and inform about the goals in leading to the World Summit of Social Influencers for the SDGs, produced by ConnectAID, happening on June 19, 2021.
Poverty, I believe, is the greatest injustices the world today. In recent decades we have made great progress in addressing the issue of poverty around the world, however, the COVID-19 pandemic, as it has done with many other issues, has served to heighten the problem of poverty and requires us to come together, as members of the human family, to see that all people have the means to retrieve the necessities for high quality of life.
When I use the word “poverty” I am not simply meaning the statistic about how many people live on less than $1.90 per day (734 million as of 2015 with an estimated 150 million more due to the coronavirus pandemic since the beginning months of 2020). Simply attaching an arbitrary monetary amount to determine who suffers from poverty and who does not, is something too supercritical to really get to the heart of the poverty problem in our world. Poverty is also, and perhaps in a much more intangible, deeper way- a feeling.
Poverty is the prison of feeling tremendous lack and the inability to have the very basic needs of life met. Poverty, at one level, is alleviated when people are able to live free from the fear of feeling like they cannot afford the monetary costs of living. At a deeper level, poverty is alleviated when we come together, recognizing the relationship we all share as members of the human family, to care for each other and help us all live free, healthily and well.
Poverty is the lack, or disfunction we currently see in our family of humanity. Connection, compassion, understanding, empathy, kindness, and generosity are the healing forces that will eradicate poverty from our world.