Poor people are usually working in dangerous conditions, where they are most of the time exploited. They also have a limited access to the health care, because they live in unsafe housing and don’t take the time to take care about themselves mostly because they have to pay for it and obviously, they can’t afford it. Moreover, they have a really limited access to justice compared to richer people, they don’t feel comfortable with the judiciary system: they feel not listened and discriminated.
What make the poverty situation worse?
The climate change is one of the causes, indeed because of many intensifying natural disasters people can’t live in their country anymore. The drought and the rising water prevent the harvests. This is what’s happening in Madagascar right now, the lands are so dry, nothing can grow, the Malagasy people is living one of the most important hunger of the 21st century which could maybe have been avoided if WE have polluted less our beautiful planet.
So, how could we help to reduce the poverty and the climate change, on our own?
First, paying attention to what we consume, what we buy, because of course we want to buy everything for cheap, but have you ever thought about the consequences? Spending your money to Zara, Nike or Shein seem a nice idea because it’s not so expensive and the clothes are beautiful, but you should know that these firms are part of the 100 firms (or even more) who exploit their employees. Theirs employees are living and working in very bad conditions and of course they are more than underpaid. Moreover, the overproduction of clothes is very bad for the environment, take a moment to think about what the consequences are of buying clothes in these types of shop. Instead of going there you go to secondhand shops where clothes are much cheap and better for the environment.
So, now take the time to think about how could you contribute to the eradication of poverty?