Op/Ed: Miami Nonprofit, Asherscloset.com, Seeking to Help Make this a Better World by Joey Noble  


(MIAMI) – Many of us take the opportunities we have to become successful members of our society for granted. Unfortunately, there are many who don’t even have the very necessities to make any of this possible.

Asher’s Closet, a Miami-based nonprofit, contributes more than sneakers and clothing. Founder Joey Noble is preparing to create a movement. He’ll be the first to admit that he often falls into the pit of “out of sight out of mind” when it comes to ethical and economic issues. However, millions are feeling forgotten, overwhelmed, underpaid, and out of time. And yet, those who can continue to strive and provide as best they can, despite a lack of funds and support, have made up in their mind that they are going to do something with or without major support.

Those who can’t, find themselves suffering and dying in need.

The Problem

There are three main problems that the earth is facing which can be directly correlated with human activity. climate change, the water crisis, and homelessness.

Climate Change: There is no hiding climate change. Our weather patterns can hardly be predicted anymore. More and more of our habitable areas are becoming inhabitable. Many of our animal species are becoming more and more extinct, and you don’t even need to be in a Third World country to experience famine. Just ask California!

The Water Shortage: According to the UN (United Nations), more than 20% of the population (about 2.4 billion people) suffer without access to water. That’s one out of five people. Almost 300,000 kids under the age of 5 die every year due to diarrhea-related diseases because of poor water supply. Once again, you don’t need to be in a Third World country to experience a water crisis. Just ask Flint Michigan.

Homelessness: Nearly 10% of the world’s population (800 million people) are considered homeless/living in poverty. That is 1 out of 10. Yes, this can be related to life choices, but is primarily due to job shortages, housing shortages, educational red tape and a lack of generational home building.

These are not just statistics. Behind these numbers are lives, people, dreams, men, women, and children. These are human beings. I find it ironic that we have trillionaires, billionaires and millionaires all investing billions upon billions of dollars to explore outer space to go and inhabit other planets, when the one that we are living on could use that money for survival, or even exploring the world that we have. We barely know what is at the deepest depths of our own oceans, but we are trying to explore the deepest depths of space. How about this for an idea? How about we fix the planet we’re on and save it from dying before we blast off to go live on another one? Let’s prove that we can take care of one planet before we try to care for another.

Here is what I have been working on over the past year: all of the music, all of the book writing, all of the podcast interviews – this is where my heart lies. Once again, I’m calling on you for your feedback, support, or even your good wishes.


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