By Shelley Tibbetts
The government shut down on Monday evening after lawmakers failed to pass a new spending budget. Speaking of budgets, let's discuss what we could do with the $1 billion dollars a week that the shutdown is going to cost the economy.
Widespread effects of the event were felt immediately and have continued to have impact since Tuesday morning. Still wondering what exactly the government shutdown means? We're with you. After all, it's the first time this has happened in 17 years! In a nutshell, 800,000 federal employees won't be receiving their paychecks, many government-run services are closed (including national monuments, parks and zoos) and even government-run social media feeds are silent.
Meanwhile, debt will rack up into the multi-billions (according to estimates it's going to cost the economy roughly $1 billion dollars a week). Yikes. We know that kinda cash can most definitely change the world, so we decided figure out how far $1 billion a week could go.
+ $625,000 to World Wildlife Fund = 25,000 endangered polar bears “adopted” (the maximum number estimated to be left in the wild)
+ $12.5 million to Together We Rise = 500,000 Sweet Cases (covers the average number of children in foster care who will move to multiple homes.)
+ $300 million to The Feed Foundation = 6 million children fed at school for an entire year.
+ $425 million to Girl Up = full support (education and healthcare) to 5 million girls for a year.
+ $49.5 million to VH1 Save The Music = the cost of all the instruments the foundation has given away since 1997.
+ $26.4 million to Malaria No More = tests and treatments for 26.4 million people (FYI malaria claims 660,000 lives per year, so these supplies would last for four decades.)
+ $150 million to The Nature Conservancy Carbon Offset Program = offsetting of 10 million metric tons of carbon.
+ $5.56 million to The Thirst Project = funds to build 400 water wells in Kenya and Uganda.
+ $500,000 to F*** Cancer = a little over 10 years' worth of educational media campaigns.
+$29.915 million to Heifer International = transformed lives of 1,000 women & their families, empowerment of 300 women in Nepal and stoves to 415 villages.
#DearCongress, c'mon what are you waiting for? Settle on a compromise ASAP. Each dollar that's saved could make a big difference in the world.