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Leena Noorbhai

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Transcript of Poverty

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
What is poverty?
Poverty is when you are living in a state of being extremely poor. There are two types of poverty: Absolute and Relative poverty. Absolute poverty is extreme and is when you lack most of your basic needs to survival. Relative poverty is when your way of living and income is much worse than the standard way of living. You wouldn't be able to afford healthy foods to eat, health care, education, clothes, shelter or utilities like heat and electricity. Living in poverty can mean being isolated from friends and family, having little or no control over decisions that affect your daily life, living in unsafe and bad environmental conditions, having no or little news of the outside world and having no information about support services available to you. About 1.2 billion people die every year from poverty as it can cause sicknesses such as AIDS, Pneumonia, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Measels which can all lead to death. Poverty can cause these things because people living in poverty live in unsafe environments, drink impure water and don't get enough nourishment. 870 million people on our planet sleep hungry, but the fact is, that there is enough food on our planet for everyone on the Earth.
What causes people to become trapped in poverty?
There are many causes that trap people in poverty. Most people just think that when someone is living in poverty, it is because they are uneducated, but that is not always the case. Analysis show that some causes can be because of over population and not having enough jobs or available resources in the country. Because of this people don't get enough money and are forced to leave their homes. Another reason is in some countries good education is hard to afford making education not available to everyone. Environmental deterioration is also another reason of poverty. This is because environmental problems can lead to lack of food, clean water, materials for shelter and other resources. Natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes can lead to poverty because they can tear homes and buildings and cause other damage which some people may not be able to afford to fix, causing them to go into poverty.
Poverty statistics
Poverty where does it exist
Poverty is everywhere around the world, but some of the major places that poverty exists in are:
- Mali
-Central America
Poverty Organizations
There are many organizations that help support people living in poverty. There are also many sites where you can give donations. For example the World Food Program has an organization that provides school meals for children. They use locally grown food which also helps farmers. There are also others like the World Health Organization, Oxfam and many more. There are also supports for adults called "food for work", where people get paid with food by helping build things like schools, roads, and wells. These kinds of programs create opportunities for people living in poverty to improve there lifestyle.
Other facts
- 80% of the world's population lives on less then 10$ a day.
- Almost half the world's population lives on less than $2.50 a day.
-Asia has the most poverty
-Approximately 1.6 billion people live without electricity
-about 2 million children die every year because they are not able to afford proper treatment for preventable diseases like Pneumonia
What Makes Poverty a Social Justice Issue?
This graph shows the population of people living in poverty around the world in millions.
Sources: www.worldhealth.org
This graph shows the population of poverty levels over time. According to this graph the poverty population is decreasing.
sources: www.oxfam.org
Social justice means "the distribution of advantages and disadvantages within a society". Poverty is an issue because it is a disadvantage in our global society that needs to be solved. Poverty is a disadvantage in our society because it makes people feel less then others. Justice means fairness but poverty is unfair.
A global Issue
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