For the first time in history, it is now within our reach to eradicate world poverty and the suffering it brings. Yet, around the world, a billion people struggle to live each day on less than many of us pay for bottled water that we don't even need. And though the number of deaths attributable to poverty worldwide has fallen dramatically in the past half-century, nearly nine million children still die unnecessarily each year. The people of the developed world face a profound choice: If we are not to turn our backs on a fifth of the world’s population, we must become part of the solution.
Peter Singer wrote The Life You Can Save to show that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but ethically indefensible. He argues that we need to change our views of what is involved in living an ethical life. To help us play our part in bringing about that change, he offers a seven-point plan that mixes personal philanthropy (figuring how much to give and how best to give it), local activism (spreading the word in your community), and political awareness (contacting your representatives to ensure that your nation’s foreign aid is really directed to the world’s poorest people).
If we do this, we will make a huge difference in the lives of others, without diminishing the quality of our own life. The book is a source of information on world poverty, giving and the psychological barriers to giving, as well as how we can make aid more effective. But it is also a call to action - action that you can take today.
Note: All proceeds from the sale of The Life You Can Save book are donated to fund this organization.
The Life You Can Save is a movement of people fighting extreme poverty. We hold that an ethical life involves using some of our wealth and resources to save and improve the lives of those less fortunate than us.