I just signed a petition. Because there was an email in my inbox from THIS GUY!!
Okay, I had already planned to write a post on the topic, but this certainly didn't deter me...
But seriously, I rarely sign petitions for a host of reasons that I won't get into at the moment, but this one is important. ONE.org has organized an effort to gain 100,000 signatures to deliver to U.N. Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon as part of a petition to urge world leaders to take this outbreak seriously. Just yesterday theNew York Times reported that Ebola cases could reach 1.4 million within just a few months.
While movement was incredibly fast when the petition first went out (finding an email in your inbox from Idris Elba certainly helps)--there were over 80,000 signatures within the first couple of days--it is still only 85% of the way toward the big goal, and world leaders will arrive in New York tomorrow to discuss the topic.
It's all over the news. You know this is a big deal. If you do know that you should sign the petition. It's one tiny way that people like you and me, who live in a comfortable first world bubble much of the time, can help in a meaningful way.