Tomorrow is the 2013 Global Citizen Festival in NYC and I am proud to be one of the thousands of people who will be there in support of advocacy and change. Here is a link to CEO Hugh C. Evans and global policy and advocacy manager Michael Sheldrick’s post on why the festival is happening: http://www.globalcitizen.org/Content/Content.aspx?id=19e0af34-c126-4b62-a1f3-760e097689c4. For those of you unable to make it to the festival, it will be livestreamed at www.globalfestival.com
What I really love about the festival is that it is a celebration of what has been achieved in the past year as well as a platform for bringing about awareness, education and action on key global issues like poverty, gender equality, education and healthcare. It will bring together advocates, government officials, world leaders, non-profits, musicians, as well as thousands of people who educated themselves on key issues affecting our world and took action by volunteering and making their voices heard by signing petitions in support of change.
Why am I proud to support Global Citizen and the Global Poverty Project in its efforts?
1. Because I believe that change can happen when people come together to discuss the issues affecting our world, to share ideas, and to stand in support of causes that they believe in.
2. Because I believe that we can end poverty in our lifetime. Great strides have already been made and now we have the chance to take things even further by answering the call to action and asking our leaders to do so as well.
3. Because I want to live in a world where there is equality in opportunity. That no matter where a child is born and in what situation, that (s)he is given the opportunity to be educated and to reach his/her full potential.
4. Because I’m a doctor, and I know just how important access to food, clean water, sanitary conditions, and healthcare is to the human condition and the restoration of hope.
5. Because I believe that if doors do not open, that we as individuals can choose to open windows, and let the light of caring and informed action shine through.
6. Because I believe in the words of Robert Kennedy when he said, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
Join the effort by going to www.globalcitizen.org.