I am sure you often though what the hell is happening to the world I live in.
To touch what can be touched the state of our living history has to be changed by all of us.
– Albert Einstein (1879-1955) said “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”
Unlimited possibilities are not suited to man; if they existed, his life would only dissolve in the boundless. Everything must change so that nothing will change.
This is a brain storming post, so what would you change to make a better world.
If you we asked to list the priorities that you would like our elected and no elected leaders to tackle what would your list look like, and what priority would you give to each item on your list.
Is it public health? Dementia.
As of 2013, there were an estimated 44.4 million people with dementia worldwide. This number will increase to an estimated 75.6 million in 2030, and 135.5 million in 2050. Much of the increase will be in developing countries. Already 62% of people with dementia live in developing countries, but by 2050 this will rise to 71%. The fastest growth in the elderly population is taking place in China, India, and their south Asian and western Pacific neighbors.
Is it Biodiversity?
Growth hormones used on animals get into our food sources and may be affecting humans. Mono culture crops can be easily wiped out by new diseases. The use of chemical fertilizers pollutes the environment. Human actions in the management of land, water, and other natural resources has caused the Earth’s biodiversity to be reduced at an alarming rate. Some sources claim that biodiversity has decreased at a rate faster than any time in history since the mass extinction millions of years ago.
Is it Lowering airplane emissions?
It is widely acknowledged that man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are causing major changes to the planet’s climate.
Worldwide, flights produced 705 million tonnes of CO2 in 2013. Globally, humans produced over 36 billion tonnes of CO2.
In 2013, over 3 billion passengers were carried by the world’s airlines. Over 58 million people are employed worldwide in aviation and related tourism. Of this, 8.7 million people work directly in the aviation industry.
Is it Climate Change?
The catastrophic warming of the planet. High environmental degradation related to global diversification of fossil fuel extraction. In developed countries existing systems and infrastructure creates resistance to adoption of renewables.
Most regions, particularly developing countries are experiencing significant energy demand growth which puts pressure on global fossil fuel consumption.
Disagreement on responsibility between the developed and developing world to transform the way energy is produced and used.
Lack of energy policy co-ordination among countries is impacting regional stability and an obstacle to cohesive regional energy planning.
Insufficient mitigation of short and long-term risk associated with nuclear energy generation and waste disposal.
Existing energy generation through renewables is not competitive with current carbon intensive energy sources.
Is it the Current wars and conflict?
Is It Terrorism?
The List is endless with some considerable variety.
Al- Quada, Al- Shabaab, Taliban, ISIS, Boko Haram to mention a few.
Is it Inequality, Poverty?
Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.
Is it Slavery?
There are 29.8 million people living as slaves right now. These 30 million people are living as forced laborers, forced prostitutes, child soldiers, child brides in forced marriages and, in all ways that matter, as pieces of property, chattel in the servitude of absolute ownership.
Is it Freedom of Speech?
Liberty is a paradox. Or to be more precise: liberty is surrounded by paradoxes. One of these seemingly contradictory propositions is that when people are increasingly talking about freedoms and rights, true liberty itself may increasingly be in retreat as well. An important aspect of the freedom of speech is that it requires more than just the possibility to express your personal views; it also requires the possibility to hold these personal views.
Is it Ebola?
The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. There were a small number of cases reported in Nigeria and a single case reported in Senegal. About 200,000 people are having problems getting food because of problems caused by the Ebola outbreak. More than 15,000 people in Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola since March, according to the World Health Organization, making this the biggest outbreak on record. More than 5,400 people have died.
Is it Greed?
Greed has a strong biological basis. However, it has an even stronger social basis. This sets it somewhat apart from self-preservation and reproduction. Extreme desire for wealth was harmful to the society since it concentrated too many resources in too few hands.
Is it Privatization? Sovereign Wealth Funds
Is it Immigration?
The number of people forced to flee their homes across the world has exceeded 50 million for the first time since the second world war, an exponential rise that is stretching host countries and aid organisations to breaking point. More than 25,000 unaccompanied children lodged asylum applications in 77 countries last year, a fraction of the number of displaced minors across the globe.We are witnessing a quantum leap in forced displacement in the world. 2013 showed a total of 51.2 million refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people. If displaced people had their own country it would be the 24th most populous in the world.
Is it the economy?
Barring major geopolitical upheaval, global economic growth in 2015 will hold at a rate of 3.4 percent in 2015.
Is it NATO?
“One for all, all for one”: That’s a central principle of the NATO alliance — but in recent months, multiple members have wondered whether it truly applies to them. Should it be abolished as a provocation or is it a collective territorial defense, which builds on credible physical and cyber defense capabilities against an attack or a threat thereof to any of its member states.
Is it Antibiotics?
A terrible future could be on the horizon, a future which rips one of the greatest tools of medicine out of the hands of doctors. The most basic operations could become deadly. A world without antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance in some parts of the world is like a slow tsunami, we’ve known it’s coming for years. The consequences are absolutely massive, that’s actually something people have not quite grasped.
Is it the Population Growth?
According to the most recent United Nations estimates, the human population of the world is expected to reach 8 billion people in the spring of 2024.
Is it Corruption?
Corruption adds 10 percent or more to the cost of doing business in many parts of the world and as much as 25 percent to the cost of public procurement. Corruption also impedes economic growth, distorts competition, and creates serious legal andreputational risks.
Is it Arms Trading?
|Country||Total Arms Sales||Percent of Global Arms Sales|
|United States||$154.882 billion||41%|
|United Kingdom||$26.914 billion||7%|
Is it Woman’s Rights?
Promoting gender equality.Women account for about two-thirds of the 1.6 billion people globally who live in extreme poverty. Women’s empowerment and their full participation on the basis of equality in all spheres of society, including participation in the decision-making process and access to power, are fundamental for the achievement of equality, development and peace.
Is it Energy?
Policies and market-based mechanisms sometimes conflict instead of synergistically pushing a region towards a sustainable energy future.
Lack of public awareness creates barriers to long-term thinking about energy.
Energy efficiency is not being embraced to the required degree due to political, financial and cultural drivers despite significant savings potential.
It is the United States foreign Policy?
The key divide on America’s role in the world is no longer between Democrats and Republicans. It’s between elites and everyone else.
When you look at my list they are all interconnected either by one leading to another or one destroying all the others.
So which one will eliminate all the others. Climate Change is the best candidate.
Or are there more pressing problems.
Government isn’t just too divided to solve our problems. It is too limited in scope, too caught in old silos, too burdened by our ever-growing expectations.
The defining feature of Western-style government — its success in catering to a wide variety of citizen needs — has become its greatest liability. Governments are going broke while contorting themselves into ever stranger positions to satisfy often contradictory constituent demands. ( Value exchanges- Internet-related) Government’s willingness to forge partnerships . . . to make data more open, to contract for outcomes, to reduce regulatory minefields, and to convene diverse groups of contributors will hold tremendous sway over the scale of the solution economy within its borders. All worthless when it comes to climate Change.
There you have it.
I am sure all of you have your own horrifying list and I would be delighted to see it, but more so to hear your opinions as to why and what should be done.
For me the price of inaction is so high with climate change which threatens the entire world ( all the human suffering created by any of the others is put in the shade)
We must stand up and demand all our world leaders to take responsibility in the race to save humanity now and in the future.
If you don’t believe me have a look at this video.
http://youtu.be/mc_IgE7TBSY Statement by Ms. Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Civil Society Representative from the Marshall Islands at the opening of the United Nations Climate Summit 2014.