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Call for 1% to help end poverty


Source : Global Citizen

It’s 2018 — yet 767 million people continue to live in extreme poverty, struggling to survive on less than $1.90 per day. Every day, too many children wake up not knowing whether they will have food to eat, school to attend, or clean water and sanitation — and women and girls often suffer the most. Meanwhile, 42 individuals hold as much money as the poorest 50% of the globe. This can’t be right. 

The good news? The number of people living in extreme poverty has halved since 1990 — and we have a plan to reach zero. In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end extreme poverty, fight inequality, and stop climate change by 2030. But we need another $300-$400 billion every year to achieve this. 

Sounds crazy? What if we told you that there are 2,208 billionaires in the world — and between them, they possess a total of USD $9.1 trillion? Their wealth increases daily. They have the power to help achieve the SDGs, and end extreme poverty. 

If every billionaire committed to donate just 1% of their wealth towards achieving the SDGs, it’s estimated this would help save the lives of 6 million children every single year, strengthen the healthcare systems of over 70 countries, secure an education for over 200 million children, and provide clean water and sanitation for millions more.

This inequality cannot go on. Add your name to our petition calling on the world’s richest people to help end extreme poverty — then, send a tweet to the world’s richest person, Jeff Bezos, and top footballer Kylian Mbappé, calling on them to #BetheGeneration to end extreme poverty!

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