1) Get Involved
Check out Engineers Without Borders Canada Chapters (Student and Professional) near you and consider getting involved! EWB does really inspiring advocacy work in Canada to create positive social change in our international community FROM Canada as well as in Africa.
2) Buy Fairly Traded Products
There are debates about the effectiveness of fair trade… but at the root of the solution is to show that you care about safe working environments and decent pay by putting your dollars into certified products.
3) Consider International Issues When You Vote
Get informed about Canadian Foreign policy and let your elected representatives know that Canada’s leadership on international issues is important to you.
For example: www.makepovertyhistory.ca
Canada’s campaign to end poverty, Make Poverty History, calls for urgent and meaningful policy change. You can sign up here: http://www.makepovertyhistory.com
Here’s what we want in 14 words:
“Poverty is a violation of human rights on a massive scale. In 2000 all members of the United Nations committed to “spare no effort” in tackling poverty by adopting the Millennium Declaration. Governments also launched the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to meet minimum targets to reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy, discrimination against women, and environmental degradation by 2015.
But the pace of action is too slow. If we hold the present course, we will fail to meet these targets. And the poor will pay the price.”