Today is Blog Action Day, where, so far, more than 11,000 bloggers, podcasters and videocasters around the world are doing their part to raise awareness about poverty and trigger a global discussion.
Dear readers, I invite you to take some action today, too. Think about all that you have and have compassion for those less fortunate than us.
Here's my challenge to you today: Skip the sweets and culprit carbs on this Blog Action Day.
After all, you do NOT need that fancy coffee drink ($4 or so).
You do NOT have to scarf down that candy bar ($2 or so)
And that bag of potato chips ($2) or greasy French fries do NOT have your name on them!
What's more, you do NOT have any nutritional requirements(!) for sugary, nutrient-lacking soda (another $2 or so).
(Forgive me if my prices are a little off -- you see, it's been 10 years since I've bought this stuff.)
The point is this: If you do NOT eat any of this crap today -- i.e., sugary junk food or even fast food -- you could save $10.
Now give away those ten bucks to help the poor and needy.
Just look at this poor little girl shown above. All she has to eat is a bowl of white rice, which she's probably lucky to get.
If you're reading this, you probably have a lot more to eat than that every day.
So please, do your part today. In fact, I urge you to do least 6 things to fight poverty. For instance:
- Do not pig out today! (Of course, your body will thank you.)
- Skip the sweets and culprit carbs (as suggested above) and donate the $10 you've saved to Change.org or to Kiva. (If you're not familiar with Kiva, you should learn about this worthwhile group. They make "loans that change lives.")
- Plan to eat meatless meals two times this week. (And in the ensuing weeks.)
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen. (Do some research now to find one where you can go later this week or next, if you don't have time today.)
- Visit the Hunger Site and click now to give free food to the hungry.
- Twitter about Blog Action Day, as I'm now doing.
- Listen now to the Blog Talk Radio 12-hour Talkathon for Poverty Relief. (It airs from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. EDT and it's anchored live by Blog Action Day's Easton Ellsworth. This is a fascinating event. I'm now listening to Debbie Jordan, author of The World Imagine: A Creative Manual for Ending Poverty and Building Peace.)
Wondering what else to do? Here are 80 Ways to Do Something About Poverty Right Now.