October 17th marks the United Nation’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Extraordinary progress has been made in reducing extreme poverty over the course of the past 25 years, with over 1 billion people rising above the threshold that identifies those in deepest need. Despite this progress, population growth, economic shocks, food insecurity, and climate change threaten to undermine this momentum. The World Bank estimates that in 2012, 12.7 percent of people in the developing world – or 896 million people – lived at or below $1.90 a day.
At Cotopaxi, we believe that the $1.90 mark is important in identifying and understanding need. Extreme poverty is more complex than that number alone so we look to Oxford’s Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index for a more comprehensive understanding. According to their studies, over 1.6 billion people currently fall under their definition of extreme poverty.
Though these numbers are daunting, we truly believe that together we can end extreme poverty in our lifetime.
World leaders have recently committed to 17 global goals for sustainable development. These goals are designed as guiding stars to help focus global efforts while providing communities and individuals with actionable ways to engage in the fight against extreme poverty.
Cotopaxi is committed to creating positive social impact. We focus on three pillars that are inextricably linked, align with the Global Goals, and are crucial to creating a sustainable pathway out of poverty: health, education, and livelihoods.
We aspire to create a community of doers who unite for good. Our small acts of humanity can create a movement and a force for change. Here are some ways you can have an impact and help us as we chip away at poverty.
Learn more about the pressing issues that contribute to poverty. Here are some interesting resources discussing education, health, and economic development that we recommend:
- Use your social media account to educate others on poverty and to move your followers and friends to take action.
- Be a conscious consumer and purchase from brands that drive social good.
- Give your time by volunteering your passions and skills to advance the work of the nonprofit community.
- Give a monetary donation to a cause you’re passionate about. Ask family members to make donations to your favorite nonprofit. Run a campaign for your next special day. We love tools like these from our partners International Rescue Committee and the UN Foundation.
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is a reminder that we must act together — and when we do, we can make even more progress in building a sustainable future.