Imagine a world

November 26, 2011

Just watching the Inside Child Poverty Doco. It’s really good. Not flawless, but good.

When I got to the part where the Swedish doctors said they haven’t seen child ill health due to preventative diseases since the 70s I cried.

We could do so much better in this country.

Imagine a world where children and the environment were prioritised. Where we asked ourselves, is this good for our kids, before we did everything. And if the answer is no, we didn’t do it.

A world where children are guaranteed to receive free quality health care, where and when they need it.  A world where children are the beneficiaries of state funding, which helps create a stable healthy environment for them so they can play and learn and develop well.

As parents we shouldn’t abdicate our responsibilities. For example we should stop smoking because it’s killing us and those around us slowly and painfully. We should do what we reasonably can to ensure our kids grow up in a healthy safe environment and we should love them unconditionally. (Something the doco left out)

But we should be able to expect help when we need it.

If money and the lack thereof is genuinely preventing people from feeding their kids well, taking them to the doctor when needed and keeping them in substandard housing, then we can and should change this.

The question is: What are we going to do about it?

What are you going to do?

I’m going to have a think about that question and I’ll get back to you. But I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts too….