In America, we are currently facing two main crises the financial crisis and the fuel crisis. Both of these crises affect our daily lives, whether its causing us to be prudent and economical, or causing us to invest less in the stock market, its clear that we are all facing the consequences from years of irresponsibility from deregulating the market and not investing in renewable energy the question is though, what are we actually facing compared to people in Africa. Our Crises The Financial Crisis These times are especially tough, with the housing market plummeting, the stock market crashing, and with the credit crunch. All of these things together make for a deadly combination, and have forced many people into foreclosure, and many major companies into bankruptcy. Many of these things could have been prevented, if more people had been more responsible with what they had, and didnt take unnecessary risks like buying homes that they couldnt afford. Yes, America is the land of opportunity, but those people have abused that right, till the point where it affected not only them, but all of us. What we need, is to promote peace and prosperity for everyone, and not just for them. The Fuel Crisis All though out America, the average gas price is still an astounding $2.39, a huge difference from $4.00 gas that we have been seeing in the past months, but still much higher than previous prices in the past. America needs to start decreasing its dependence of foreign oil, something that has been repeated time and time again. We Americans are not benefiting from our huge dependence on imported oil; Saudi Arabians, Russians and other huge oil producers across the ocean are. By becoming less oil dependant, we will not only benefit our own economy, but also be safer from sky-rocketing prices. Their Crises The Food, Fertilizer, Fuel, and Financial Crisis Africans has already been hit with a number of crises - the food crisis, the fertilizer crisis, the fuel crisis, and now the financial crisis. Now with the financial crisis, things are only getting worse. As the food prices continue to climb, many Africans can't afford to buy staple food for their families, such as rice and fish. More and more Africans who were originally able to survive, are now faced with starvation and famine. African children are dying at an ever-increasing rate, from lack of adequate food and water resources. The money that we have already lost from the current financial crisis, has totaled to more than 10 trillion dollars, if even a fourth of that money had gone to Africans in poverty, we could have made a giant leap in defeating poverty and hunger. As you can see, in many cases, we have not yet experienced the extreme; we are merely only in the eye of the turmoil. These are hard times for everyone, times for us to really think about what is truly important in our lives and appreciate what we have in life. An average American spends over $50 a day, while an average African spends less than $2 a day. Something needs to change, and for Africans, it's everything. From their lifestyle to the rising prices of their, necessities the economic crisis doesn't just affect America; it affects everyone, black and white, so next time you think of how awful gas prices are, or that extra dollar you had to spend at your favorite restaurant, just remember needy on the other side of the world, who are in a worse position than you.