Global Citizens Unite in Montreal
The goal made by The Global Fund is an ambitious one; to end extreme poverty by 2030 in tandem with ending the AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics around the globe. But what had transpired this past Saturday night on the 17th was nothing short of a spectacular display of art, hope, music, and revelry; an ambitious yet successful event that had gathered a number of the world’s biggest names and celebrities to promote the toppling of some of the world’s toughest challenges.
If the feeling of “impossible” comes to mind when thinking of the social action platform’s aspirations, then the event that brought 13 000 fans and several dozen high-profile personalities sharing a common vision for the good of the global community proves that indeed anything can happen. With already a projected $25 billion dollar in financial aid that should significantly affect approximately 660 million people, the Global Citizen movement looks to be going in the right direction; certainly a cause for celebration.
The Global Citizen Concert was a grand congregation of; artists and musicians such as The Roots, Half Moon Run, and Usher; along with the who’s who of various media outlets; and to top it off the leadership presence of special guests Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Bill Gates. Performing and speaking to an audience that had predominantly obtained tickets via accomplishing or performing a number of social media actions promoting global health (such as signing a petition for the education of girls in developing countries or leaving the Prime Minister a voicemail advocating health), the objective of the concert was to garner visibility and to motivate government leaders and large corporations to engage in commitments and invest in policies that promote social change. Although it is especially ambitious, the collective actions of united Global Citizens and the Global Fund (and the results it has been achieving) is likely the most valiant and promising movement for the greater good to date.
By: Justin Lee – mtltimes.ca
Photos: Arturo Las Pinas Jr.