Can you imagine living on less than one dollar a day? Less than a dollar to put a roof over your head, to buy clothes, to eat? Today, more than 1 billion people face that reality, and more than 30,000 people die from extreme poverty and preventable diseases every day — needlessly.
But for the first time in history, there is a feasible plan to end extreme poverty in our lifetime, and you can help make it happen.
Live 8 has assembled some of today's most influential artists to ask the leaders of the world's eight largest national economies (countries known as the G8
) to help eliminate extreme poverty and preventable diseases like malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. While this may be an impressive show of artistic power, they need your help to make a real difference. Here are a few simple things you can do to help:
Lend Your Voice:
You don't need money to join the millions of Americans rallying to fight extreme poverty. Add your voice
in support of the ONE Campaign Declaration. Together as ONE, we can change the world.
Learn The Goal:
"We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty, to which more than a billion of them are currently subjected."
In September 2000, leaders from nearly 200 countries made this special declaration at the United Nations. These world leaders agreed upon a set of eight measurable goals — the Millennium Development Goals
— to reduce extreme poverty, disease and hunger by 2015.
Get Educated — Learn The Facts:
If the Millennium Development Goals are achieved by 2015, 30 million children will be saved and 500 million people will be lifted out of extreme poverty. These results will only be achieved once a critical mass of people — particularly young people
— join the fight. Learn the harsh facts
about the devastating impact of disease and poverty.
Get Money To Do Good:
Do you have a project that you think can help make a difference? Think MTV and Youth Venture have teamed up to help you pay for that project. We're issuing grants of up to $1,000 each week to teams of two or more young people who are organizing efforts in their community to make a difference on a range of domestic and global issues. Learn about the types of programs we're funding, read the rules and download an application
Download A Youth Action Guide:
Do you want to help but don't know how to go about it? Global Youth Action Network and Taking It Global have developed an action guide to help you plan and organize your own activities to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and get your friends involved
Represent: Wear A White Band
The global symbol of the global campaign to make poverty history is a white band. Visit ONE.org to get your bracelet