There are approximately two billion children in the world. 7.6 million children under the age of five die every year, which translates into 22,000 every day. Currently, 100 million children live on their own on the streets of hundreds of cities around the world. Every two seconds, a child becomes an orphan. Nearly ten million children are working as prostitutes. One million new children enter the sex trade every year. It could be worse, much worse. Millions of us are fighting to protect the world’s children. Discover the Children’s Rights Troops.


WOMEN’S RIGHTS FORCES (see the list)

They are mothers, wives (or partners) and daughters. They are the backbone of humanity. Yet 70 percent of women and girls will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during their lifetimes. 140 million women and girls alive today have undergone female genital mutilation. Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18. This is an ongoing battle that must be won day after day. These statistics can be improved. We need everyone. We especially need men to be stronger.


HUMAN RIGHTS FORCES (see the list)

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” This is the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, available in 385 languages. That being said, torture is still widely practiced. Freedom of speech isn’t accessible worldwide. Many people are still discriminated against because of race, color, sex, language, religion or political opinion. Worse, some are arrested or even murdered. We have the declaration. Now experts and ordinary people are fighting to enforce human rights on a daily basis. Join them. Stay informed.



No one is completely safe from the unexpected: wars, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, droughts, famine, wildfire, etc. Fortunately, we have created organizations to take care of us when disaster strikes. The structures are in place. Volunteers are ready. Basic supplies are well-stocked in mega warehouses all over the world. See which organizations are leading the rescues. You may be a volunteer yourself. If not, it is never too late to sign up.   



According to the United Nations, humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively over the past 50 years than during any comparable period of time in human history. The good news is that 11.5% of the world’s land surface is protected by national programs or conservation organizations. By contrast, less than 1% of the ocean is protected. If nature declines, humanity goes down with it. Hundreds of international organizations address these issues every day. Stay informed and campaign along with them.



The correlation is clear: as humans grow in number, other species shrink rapidly. Humankind is leading some species straight to extinction. Out of the 44,838 species evaluated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 16,928 are threatened. 3,246 are critically endangered. The reasons: habitat loss, habitat degradation, years of overhunting and overfishing, illegal wildlife trade, utilization for medicine and invasive species. Many of us are already working on it. We need everyone in order to win this battle.



Global health issues affect everyone, individually and collectively. Amazing progress has been made over the past ten to twenty years. The annual global number of deaths of children under five years old has dropped dramatically. Fewer children are underweight. Fewer people are contracting HIV. More people have access to safe drinking water. Even so, too many governments do too little for their populations. 79 countries devoted less than 10% of government expenditures to health. 100 million people are pushed into poverty by direct health payments. Armies of experts fight global health problems daily. We support them so that they can support us and our loved ones later on.



Humanity travels. It is the biggest industry. It represents 5% of the global GDP and 235 million jobs. Nearly one billion people travel internationally each year. We all love to travel but tourism can have negative impacts. A high volume of tourists can jeopardize fragile natural and cultural sites. The high demand for specific regions at particular times can put excessive pressure on labor forces. It can lead in some cases to human trafficking. Children, especially in poorer regions, are vulnerable to child labor and sexual exploitation because of the global travel industry. Many organizations campaign to promote sustainable travel habits. Those organizations can tell us a few things that are not in travel guides.


INVESTING FORCES (see the list)

Socially responsible investing (sometimes called sustainable responsible investments) is becoming a stronger movement. In this century, we do not seek only good financial returns, we also want our investments to be in sustainable projects that have a positive social impact. In 2005, the United Nations Secretary-General invited a group of the world’s largest institutional investors to help develop the Principles for Responsible Investment. Over 1000 investment institutions have become signatories, with the assets under management totalling approximately US $30 trillion. While financial markets do their share, NGOs and UN bodies keep working to find solutions to narrow the gap between developed and developing countries.



Within recent years, new websites have been created to mobilize the masses and to generate positive change. Within a matter of hours or days, it is now possible to get support from thousands of people from all over the world to save lives, block projects that are damaging for the environment or provide justice where there is little. They provide important campaigning tools—not only to leading international organizations but to individuals as well. They empower people to make changes, to build a stronger world. Internet activism works. See who is leading the charges. Discover all the tools you can use.