I think about the difficult times people have 365 days year all over the world. In cities and villages. In the war zones and in the rice fields. A feeling of helplessness mounts quickly with each new story. Of course, I can't solve global problems, but I believe that feeling the pain of others and watching how I conduct my day-to-day life at least places my consciousness in the center of these concerns.
Humility is helpful when one is not suffering on the physical and material level. To catch yourself complaining about some small matter or circumstance honors the extreme difficulities that you are not sharing. Gratitude and kindness also contribute to a general climate of feeling life that ripples through time and space.
Solutions to local problems attract the right people or actions that bring about change. But the network of help for the global problems may be supported by sending a donation and learning more about the problem on the NET or through non-profit organizations. An hour a month considering your actions and then doing something is just 12 hours a year. One half-day and you have made a difference.
Example: The Hunger Site http://www.thehungersite.com . Here you may visit each day and click on a link that will send one cup of grain to hungry people. Companies sponsor the sites and pay for the rice you donate. You will find several other similar free giving sites at this site. A few minutes of your time each day will bring relief to these causes. Make it a habit when you log on each day. One year of a few minutes giving will add up. You will have achieved a worthy goal and made a difference. You are in the world and the world is in you. Peace. Charles