By Tim Saunders on
October 15 marks the second annual Blog Action Day, when bloggers around the world focus on discuss one prominent issue through individual ideas, actions, and thoughts.
This year’s topic is poverty, and Look To The Stars has delved into our archives to find 12 quotes relating to the thoughts of some of the most noteworthy celebrities who are devoted to finding solutions to global poverty.
Bono : “It is extraordinary to me that you can find $700 billion to save Wall Street, and the entire G-8 can’t find $25 billion to save 25,000 children who die every day of preventable disease and hunger.”
Brad Pitt : “Do we really believe in our hearts that we’re all equal? And if we believe this, what are we going to do about it? I’ve seen it [poverty in Africa], I’ve been there, and to walk away from it and turn my back makes me culpable. And I can’t do that.”
Angelina Jolie : “It’s always hard to see decent people, families, living in such difficult conditions. What is most upsetting is how long it is taking the international community to answer this crisis… You go to these places and you realize what life’s really about and what people are really going through. These people are my heroes.”
George Clooney : “It is one thing to talk about the problems of the world and quite another to actually try to change things… We tend to not get to see enough of what we need to see anymore. It seems as if at times celebrity can bring that focus. It can’t make the policies, it can’t change people’s minds really, but you can bring a camera where you go because they’ll follow you and you can shine a light on it. That seems to be my job.”
Nelson Mandela : “As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.”
Annie Lennox : “The issues can no longer be ignored. We have brought them to the table. Every one of us believes that this is a just and righteous cause. Together, with focus and determination, we can all begin to make poverty history.”
Shakira : “Don’t believe that it isn’t possible to educate the world’s poorest children. We do it every day in Colombia, a country second only to Iraq in terms of the number of internally displaced people who’ve fled their homes because of the horrors of war.”
Jackie Chan : “People must understand that if Earth did not have humans, Earth would continue to exist. But if humans did not have Earth, we would not survive. Please put aside your personal grudges and resentments, cast your views on the whole of the world, the entire planet. You will discover that we are all human beings and what we need is to help each other.”
Roger Moore : “I have met countless children who are benefiting, whose lives have been saved by UNICEF programs. Many are living in appalling poverty, without the day-to-day essentials we take for granted. Others are bravely struggling to survive in situations of conflict. The work we do today is vital and lifesaving.”
Bob Geldof : “To do something unparalleled in the world, and especially at the beginning of the 21st Century, and that is to tilt the world a little bit on its axis in favor of the poor.”
Scarlett Johansson : “It’s amazing to come home when you see people living in poverty. On one hand you’re thinking, my celebrity life is so surreal, but it’s my work and it helps me bring awareness to Oxfam.”
Bill Clinton : “In this decade we’ve had the biggest increase in income inequality in America in 80 years… Income is 1,000 dollars lower today than the day I left office, while health care costs have doubled. At any given time in the year about 100 million will be without health care and the cost of a college education is up 75 percent. The average debt of a college graduate is 50 percent higher than it was at the beginning of this decade. You see that there is a fair amount of inequality problems in America and climate change affects us all.”
Read more about Blog Action Day here.
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