By Sarah Pouramn
The Global Citizen Festival recently brought together top North American musicians and over 60,000 people, all to combat poverty while rocking out.
The Global Citizen Festival took place in Central Park in New York City on September 29. The free-ticketed music festival aims to help end extreme poverty. Any money the festival gains is donated to various charities, including Unicef, Pencils Of Promise, Malaria No More, Earth Day Network and Global Partnership For Education. This year, artists such as K’naan, The Black Keys, Neil Young and Crazy Horse and the Foo Fighters performed.
Together with other charities and youth around the world, the Global Citizen Campaign has already made a huge impact. In 1990, the child poverty death rate was at 33,000 each year. Now, that number has been reduced to 19,000. With more initiatives like this, it could be even lower.
Many celebrities also attended the concert. Selena Gomez, a Unicef Ambassador, spoke on behalf of Unicef at the festival. Selena talked about what she has witnessed first hand on her visits to Uganda and Chile and also mentioned how you can help to make a difference, too. It’s as simple as spreading the word through social media, organizing a fundraiser or creating a high school club.
Watch Selena’s speech at the Global Citizen Festival below. Then, let us know how you're helping to make a change in the world by Tweeting to @TheMagazineHQ or leaving a comment below.
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