Hugh Evans: What does it mean to be a citizen of the world?
Hugh Evans - Humanitarian
Through the Global Citizen platform, humanitarian Hugh Evans has created an online community of millions of people -- all driven to eradicate extreme poverty by the year 2030. Full bio
to an amazing woman.
emigrated to the US at the age of 18,
of Washington, DC.
she's quite unremarkable,
the most remarkable impact.
time every single week
her state, nor even in her country --
to all of her friends on Facebook,
a little infamous at the local bank
with a shopping cart full of pennies.
for people like Davinia:
who self-identifies first and foremost
a tribe or a nation,
to act on that belief,
on global citizens.
more global citizens active in our world,
of the major challenges we face --
gender inequality --
global solutions from their leaders.
reaction to this idea
or even threatening.
a little of my story today,
irritating little kids
the most annoying questions.
"Mum, why I can't I dress up
throwing them on the barbie?"
I could change the world,
to convince me otherwise.
and in my first year of high school,
for communities in the developing world.
enthusiastic group of kids,
than any other school in Australia.
to go to the Philippines to learn more.
in the outskirts of Manila.
with Sonny Boy,
a pile of steaming garbage.
of that name fool you,
than a rancid landfill
rummaging through every single day
changed my life forever,
slab the size of half my bedroom
and the rest of his family,
to live out his dreams
'the ovarian lottery?'"
in the Philippines
or not made, man-made,
and corrupt governments
of Sonny Boy at heart.
but they may as well have.
kids like Sonny Boy,
to send him a few dollars
the garbage dump on which he lived,
of the problem lay elsewhere.
development projects over the coming years
by communities themselves,
it's not sufficient.
of citizens back home
in that systemic change.
campaign to Australia.
this small concert
with local Aussie artists,
the Edge and Pearl Jam,
that day, as you can see.
heard our collective voices,
into global health and development --
we helped persuade our government
miles outside of our borders.
are not enough.
to the fluctuating moods of a politician
would have this built-in excuse mechanism
the burden of global action alone.
this challenge, we asked ourselves,
and build a broad enough army
that short-term excitement
the Make Poverty History campaign
that had exactly that as its goal.
any one organization.
who even care about global issues,
anything about it.
know how to take action,
will have no effect.
and activate millions of citizens
to behave altruistically.
something really thrilling,
global citizenship your mission,
with some extraordinary allies.
that's fundamentally global.
targeting all these interrelated issues.
go about recruiting
in Central Park,
biggest artists to participate.
these festivals coincided
to hear our voices
on behalf of a global cause,
could you earn enough points to qualify.
purely as some sort of feel-good thing.
and that's what we required.
in the New York area alone
in over 150 countries around the world.
more than 100,000 new members
global citizens from nothing.
we can learn a lot from Davinia,
as a global citizen back in 2012.
in her local community.
like a lot to you.
because she wasn't alone.
other global citizens',
to double their investment
making that announcement.
find inspiration from each other,
their collective power.
helped persuade the World Bank
into water and sanitation.
announcing 15 billion dollars onstage
affirmed his commitment
and school across India by 2019.
by the late-night host Stephen Colbert
Prime Minister, got the message,
into girls' education.
called on the Canadian, UK,
into polio eradication.
665 million dollars.
politician Tip O'Neill once said,
got politicians elected:
or at very best national interests.
when I was 21 years old.
who shall remain nameless --
to end extreme poverty.
has this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
with cold, dismissive eyes,
our own backyard first.
against the poor in another.
and our nations from one another.
when we ignored Rwanda,
and extreme poverty
they understand this.
the global citizen,
single voice can be heard.
were signed back in the year 2000?
was fire off a letter
have more tools,
than ever before.
to solve them are right before us.
beyond our borders
all over the world.
impractical in many ways,
in which we are privileged to live.
to accelerate large-scale positive change
world leaders accountable
for Sustainable Development
with the world's leading NGOs
in every corner of this globe,
been relocated by the authorities,
I spent on Smoky Mountain inspired me.
of being part of a movement of people --
from their screens and out to the world,
of the world we share.
About the speaker:Hugh Evans - Humanitarian
Through the Global Citizen platform, humanitarian Hugh Evans has created an online community of millions of people -- all driven to eradicate extreme poverty by the year 2030.
Why you should listen
At 14, Hugh Evans spent the night in a Manila slum. The harsh realities of his hosts’ lives motivated Evans to challenge the status quo of extreme poverty. Following a trip to South Africa in 2002 as World Vision's inaugural Youth Ambassador, Evans worked on the Make Poverty History campaign and helped stage the Make Poverty History Concert, fronted by Pearl Jam and Bono.
In 2012, under the mantle of the Global Poverty Project (launched 2008), Evans co-founded Global Citizen, and with it, the Global Citizen Festival -- a free, ticketed event requiring fans to perform anti-poverty actions in exchange for entry, recruiting millions into the war against global poverty. In 2015 alone, Global Citizens took 2.3 million actions, helping to secure commitments from governments around the world that are set to affect more than 210 million lives.
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