Friday, March 4, 2016

A Platform For Good

Any fans of Leonardo DiCaprio must have been thrilled last Sunday night when after 20 years of waiting he finally won his long awaited Oscar. However even though his win was celebrated, a lot of attention has now gone to his acceptance speech where he made an emotional plea with the world to tackle the issue of climate change.

"Climate change is real. It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world... who speak for all of humanity. I thank you all for this. Let us not take this planet for granted - I do not take tonight for granted.”

Many have condemned him for bringing this serious issue to a seemingly joyous event, but others have praised him for using his moment to bring a cause to the attention of the world.

Leonardo DiCaprio has a voice. People will listen to him because he has a global following and a huge platform to address millions of people. Whether you agree with his message or not, he is provoking discussion and bringing his cause to the masses. Whilst many have chastised him for being a hypocrite (DiCaprio often travels by private jet), he has been running a charity foundation since 1998, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, that delivers projects to tackle climate change worldwide, so no-one can doubt his passion for the cause. Regardless of the topic, Leonardo has used his global platform for good. Unfortunately not everyone has the opportunity to make their words heard.

Let’s put things into perspective. Only half of the world’s population owns a mobile phone. A quarter of all humans live without electricity. 12% of the population survive on less than $1.90 per day. That’s 896 MILLION people. Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia kill 2 million children a year whose parents are too poor to afford treatment.

The women that Ripples Foundation supports in rural villages in Africa have no voice. Their opinions are not being heard by the world. These women live in rural locations, and almost always have no access to the Internet, no international business, no fame and no opportunity to reach out to people who may be able to help them.

YOU can be their voice.

If you are able to read this, you have access to the Internet, are educated to a high reading standard and likely use social media. Let’s follow the lead of Leonardo and make our voices heard. If enough people are shouting, someone will hear! We have the power to make our voices heard; through our social media presence, our ability to vote on political decisions, and through the expendable income we have. Please help us to spread our message across the world.

You can retweet and share our posts on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #MakeChangeHappen and let everyone know that you are supporting the efforts to empower women and give them a voice. Through the donations that you provide, Ripples will be able to provide village women with the tools they need to start their own sustainable business, train them and their children how to use basic technology and connect them to the rest of the world.

Ripples is appealing to everyone who wants to directly contribute towards making change happen in the world. Do you have the equipment we need on our projects? Can you volunteer your time to assist a project in Africa? Can you start a fundraising campaign to raise money for our projects? If we unite as people to make change happen in the world, it really is possible to make a difference to people’s lives.

Let’s give women everywhere the chance to be heard and make their mark on the world. Let’s make change happen.

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Alysha Bennett Web Developer

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