I feel like I’m standing in an AA meeting and everyone looks up at me as I say, “My name is Carly and I’m a terrible blogger.” It’s completely true. What's that saying? Acknowledgment is the first step to recovery? Well today I decided to emerge from my bender in order to recognize and celebrate the quickly approaching World Humanitarian Day.
On August 19th we take a day to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. After all, isn’t awareness the first step in driving action? I don’t think people recognize that the phrase “ignorance is bliss” only refers to the unaware. But for those who are battling with disease, hunger and violence not sharing their story means it goes untold.
And in order to make a change it first needs to be acknowledged that a change needs to be made. That’s one of the reasons why I’m excited to participate in World Humanitarian Day and listen to the stories of the world. To mark the seventh World Humanitarian Day the United Nations and its partners are launching #ShareHumanity a global campaign enabling each and every one of us to use the power of social media to amplify the real stories behind today's humanitarian crises.
But while the day is about shedding light on countless people affected by humanitarian crises around the world it’s also a day to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe. I think we all have a humanitarian inside each of us. After all, isn’t the definition a person who seeks to promote human welfare? And if you aren’t some robot then chances are the core of your being believes in prospering humanity.
So I just wanted to check in with all of you and encourage you to participate in an important social action and share the stories of the world on your social networks and amplify the message. It only takes one person to make a difference and I'm hoping that if at least one person shares this message then tomorrow might just look a little greener ;)