There are more than three billion people living on less than $2.50 a day, nearly half the worlds population. A number that seems to be impossible to believe in this day and age. What are the reasons for an ample amount of the global population living in poverty? How does this affect us here in the United States?
Poverty is a simple word with an extensively complex explanation and reasoning. Here are a few of the important factors that contribute to global poverty.
- 1. Education: Lack of education cripples individuals and communities. Without access to affordable quality education, children and young adults lack the resources to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
- 2. Health: Two million children die every year from preventable diseases. Health and well being is difficult to maintain when access to medical care is limited by distance, money, poor quality and religious beliefs. When an individual is sick or dying medical cost and inability to work drives them further into poverty.
- 3. Inequality: With most of the top one percent controlling the majority of the wealth around the world, the economic mobility and opportunities for many are limited.
The fact that most of humanity lives off less than a few dollars a day makes this an issue that effects the entire globe. Living in a globalized society it is imperative to recognize the way in which we all interconnect.
Here are a couple of ways in which global poverty directly affects the United States:
- 1. National security: Poverty creates unstable conditions for more than impoverished nations. It paves the way for desperation and crime inviting terrorist groups and gangs to gain control, in return creating a national security issue for the United States.
- 2. Economic security: 95 percent of potential consumers live outside the country. Investing in bringing people out of poverty creates a new consumer market. By capitalizing on exports in foreign markets the US creates jobs here at home and boosts the economy.