Voices Against Indifference Initiative

The Jeffrey Sachs Project: Environment, Poverty and Healthcare on a Global Scale

September 2002 – April  2003

While each humanitarian visiting Charlotte speaks to the overall Echo themes of tolerance, justice and individual initiative, our speakers also highlight particular issues most relevant to their experience.  For more information on issues presented by Professor Sachs, or to find opportunities to get involved, please visit the following.

Act Globally

The Earth Institute at Columbia University

The Earth Institute brings together talent from throughout Columbia University to address complex issues facing the planet and its inhabitants, with particular emphasis on sustainable development and the needs of the world’s poor.


Oxfam International

Oxfam International seeks increased worldwide public understanding that economic and social justice are crucial to sustainable development. We strive to be a global campaigning force promoting the awareness and motivation that comes with global citizenship whilst seeking to shift public opinion in order to make equity the same priority as economic growth.


World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO is the United Nations specialized agency for health. The organization’s objective is the attainment by all peoples of the highest level of health.



Act Locally

Environment North Carolina

Focuses on protecting North Carolina’s air, water and open spaces.


Habitat for Humanity Charlotte

Helps people in the Charlotte community in need by building and renovating homes.


Metrolina AIDS Project

Improves the lives of individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS and strives to prevent further spread of this disease through services, education, and client advocacy.


Urban League of Central Carolinas

A non-profit organization that works to empower all members of the community in areas such as home ownership, health, workforce & economic development, entrepreneurship, training & the achievement of our youth