If your bestie was going to die almost two decades before you, just because of their race, you’d probably give a you-know-what.
So why do we seemingly not give a flying fig that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples live 10-17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians? I dare say you’d agree with us when we say that’s pretty messed up.
If this isn’t the Australia you love, it’s actually pretty easy to do something radical about it. So whether you’ve got 3 minutes, 3 days or 3 weeks, we’ve got a cracking list of red-hot actions you can take.
Close the Gap is Australia’s biggest health equality movement aiming to close the gap in life expectancy and health outcomes in Australia. It’s Indigenous-led, but it’s only together that we can improve the state of health quality in this beautiful sunburnt country of ours.
1. Small Action – Spread the Pledge
A couple of clicks really can make a difference. Putting pressure on the major players in Canberra is a lot easier when you have over 200,000 mates behind you.
Sign the petition right here, right now. Go a step further and share it on Facebook, so your friends can learn more about the indigenous health crisis and add their voice, and so your grandma can comment on it accidently with something unrelated.
You can also take ’30 for 2030 Challenge’ and collect 30 signatures yourself using this form. Chase everyone! Friends, family, workmates, teachers, neighbours, the cute barista at that coffee shop that you’ve wanted an excuse to chat to for a while.
Every pledge gives the cause more power, and shows Australian governments that this is an issue we, their bosses (well kinda), still really care about.
2. Medium Action – Get ‘Gramming.
Do you have a knack for Instagram? Know that Valencia adds the right amount vintage glow? Or use VSCO Cam because the in-app filters are too naff? Then this is the action for you.
Join in the Close the Gap Student Photo Challenge. It’s simple. Just follow us – @3thingsoxfam – and @closethegapcampaign on Instagram, and wait for the daily photo prompts during NCTGD week. We’ll post with more deets again soon, so watch this space.
You can also check out what others are posting by visiting the hashtag #ctgstudents.
Taking part in the Instagram challenge will have the double edged effect of helping bring attention to the fight for health equality and breaking up pictures of whatever people are having for breakfast. A win for everybody.
3. Big Action – Do the Day
National Close the Gap Day is on March 19th this year. It’s a day where schools, universities, organisations and everyday Aussies around the country get together to put pressure on our pollies to act.
While all political parties, the federal government and most state and territory governments have signed on and committed to the cause, talk is cheap – they need an annual reminder that we expect action.
So get here now. Register to hold an event, no matter how big or small. An awesome event raises awareness on a huge scale. There’s plenty of time to grab your mates and get planning, put up posters, start an Eventbrite and advertise on Facebook, so tell your school/university/other institutional overlord that this is something they should get on board with.