A lot of people have heard in that in this day and age that there are 27 million people in slavery in the world today. This means that there are more slaves in the world today than there were during the entire span of the African slave trade. However, with such a large statistic, it is easy to feel both not responsible for the problem and powerless to do anything to stop it.
Slavery Footprint is an amazing resource that can make us aware of how responsible we are for the slavery happening today and then gives ideas about what we can do to stop it. It is such an great website because it demonstrates how influential and/ or harmful our consumer buying power can be.
When you go to Slavery Footprint, you have the option to find out more about modern day slavery and then take a quiz that will tell you how many slaves you use, or just go straight to the quiz. The quiz is amazing. It allows you to give details about what you own, where you live, and what you eat. The more details you give, the more accurate the number of slaves that you exploit.
Of course, after you find out your number, make active steps to lower your number using your buying power and raising awareness. One major way to do this is to buy fair trade products. Or, if you are a college student like me and cannot afford some fair trade products, stop buying non-necessary items that are produced by slaves.
I use 36 slaves…What about you?