Cry Power Episode 9: President Michael D. Higgins
The Cry Power podcast is hosted by Hozier in partnership with Global Citizen, talking to inspirational artists and activists about how to change the world. In its ninth and final episode, Hozier talks with Irish President Michael D. Higgins about a lifetime spent fighting injustice. But it's not all talk — you can join the Global Citizen movement and take action below to urge world leaders to follow the example of Ireland to end extreme poverty.
“You can’t be just a voyeur on the grief of other people,” Michael Higgins tells Hozier on the Cry Power podcast. “The very best thing to do is to take your trained competences and be of value.”
In 2018, Ireland announced at Global Citizen Festival in New York that it would increase its international aid budget to 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) — meaning millions more going to help the world's poorest people. If every country followed Ireland's example, we could almost end extreme poverty. Incredible, right?
Today we need leadership more than ever before. Sign our letter now to urge leaders to make a plan to increase their aid budgets like Ireland — ensuring that the richest countries in the world do their fair share to empower the poorest.
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