1. A few individuals hold enough resources to make a real difference
There are currently over 2000 Billionaires worldwide as of March 2020. These individuals hold a combined net worth estimated at $8 trillion – the United States of America (614), China (389), and Germany (107) the countries that list the most billionaires.
To put the numbers into perspective, a selected 85 individual billionaires together hold more wealth than 3.5 billion of the poorest people.
Although, we cannot and should not leave it to billionaires alone to solve the world’s problems and save humanity. Governments, institutions, entrepreneurs, investors, and individuals alike must corroborate.
But it still doesn’t change the fact that with the wealth, power, and influence many of the world’s billionaires possess, they can certainly make a significant difference. One billionaire giving, spending, or investing even the tiniest fraction of their wealth is enough to alter the course of how we address water shortage, food availability, climate change, and much more.
2. Water covers more than 70 percent of the Earth, yet millions lack access to clean and safe drinking water.
“The reality is that there are more children who die from lack of access to safe water than by bullets.”- UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
Water is a vital substance found practically everywhere in, on, and above the Earth. It is one of the necessary ingredients for the nourishment and development of life, that sets the Earth apart from other planets in our solar system.
Though 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, approximately 10% of the world population lack access to clean water – considered a universal human right – how is that even possible? Well, much of the water that covers the Earth – oceans, rivers, and lakes – is roughly 97,5% seawater unfit for human consumption.
Is the world running out of freshwater…Not quite.
So, although there is enough freshwater for the world’s population today, the water is not readily available or located where the majority of the world’s population live, it is poorly managed, and at times polluted.
Some 780 million people worldwide do not have access to an improved water source.
An ever-rising world population along with rising temperatures will only increase water demands globally by 55% between 2000 and 2050 and drive up the number of people living in water-scarce regions from 36% in 2015 to 50% by 2050. Thus, the UN has made the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, a global goal.
3. Each day More than 20,000 People are Dying from Hunger
Yes, you read that right.. More than 20,000 people are dying from hunger every single day!!
According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization FAO, the world produces more than 1 1/2 times enough food to feed everyone on the planet. In fact, the amount of food being produced is enough to feed 10 billion people, which is the projected world population peak in 2050.
Despite the abundance of food produced, each day, 25,000 people, including 10,000 children are dying from hunger and related causes.
Worldwide, 854 million people are estimated to be undernourished. This number is only expected to grow as higher food prices may drive millions more into poverty and hunger.
4. Could Nuclear Power be the One solution to tackle the Climate Crisis?
Nuclear power, love it or hate, here are the inconvenient truths.
Nuclear Power Plants produce practically no Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.
People tend to have extremely strong opinions about the use of nuclear power, for good reasons.
Nuclear power plants do not create direct greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide during operation, and unlike fossil fuel-fired power plants, nuclear plants do not produce harmful air pollution that shortens lives either.
“over the course of its life cycle, nuclear produces about the same amount of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions per unit of electricity as wind, and one-third of the emissions per unit of electricity when compared with solar”. – World-nuclear.org
As a low-carbon source of energy could nuclear power be the one feasible solution to replace fossil fuels, and in the process tackle climate change?
So, given that nuclear is a viable solution for replacing fossil fuels, why are so many people, including environmentalists so against it?
Firstly, a large amount of energy is required to mine and refine the necessary uranium ore and making reactor fuel.
Secondly, and perhaps the biggest environmental concern related to nuclear power includes the thermal load of cooling water discharged into the sea – radioactive wastes such as spent reactor fuel, uranium mill tailings, and other radioactive wastes.
The radioactive waste has the potential to cause significant damage to the environment and can remain radioactive for thousands of years.
For more on nuclear energy read our post on “Quotes in favor of nuclear power replacing fossil fuels“
5. Not everything laid out in the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” was entirely true
It has been more than 10 years since the release of ‘An inconvenient Truth’ incidentally also a similar title name for this post. Given the benefit of hindsight and the progress made in climate research, how accurate were the predictions, warnings, and calls to action in the documentary?
The documentary released in 2006 featured former United States vice president Al Gore, and at its’ core aimed at raising awareness and alerting the general public to an increasing potentially irreversible ‘planetary emergency’ due to global warming.
The documentary did exaggerate some scenarios, one example of this, depicting much of Florida sinking beneath rising waters. It also predicted that there would be no more snow on Kilimanjaro within a decade.
So, although the truth is still inconvenient and we are facing a planetary emergency, the details still matter, and it thus doesn’t entirely justify making exaggerated statements to shock people into action.
This is not to undermine the urgency of climate change, we are simply pointing out that making predictions is tough business, especially when it comes to uncharted territories.
Exaggerated predictions do not always help a cause. In fact, they can often do the opposite, they can hurt credibility. It certainly gives climate skeptics and deniers something to hang their hats on.
But the larger point — that climate change is exacerbated by human-induced carbon emissions, and that we can do something about it if we act now — was essentially on the mark in the documentary.
6. Money, Power, Respect
Is there nothing else to life than money??… There is, but seemingly not so in this world.
It’s all about money, and with money comes power, and with power comes, respect, or so the world would have you think.
Perhaps the following quote explains why big corporations and individuals alike turn a blind eye to the many injustices in the world.
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” – Upton Sinclair
This is not to say that money is not essential. The ancient proverb says:
“money answereth all things” – Ecclesiastes 10:19
Money is needed to pay bills, send the kids to school, buy food, and all the necessary perks of life. However, you cannot read the first proverb without complementing it with the following proverb:
“the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” – 1 Timothy 6:10
The two proverbs were true centuries ago and still ring true today.
Money itself is not a bad thing, it is responsible for many of the good things that we enjoy in life, but also responsible for conflict and breakups of families, marriages, and friendships.
Money’s allure cannot be understated, perhaps its greatest accomplishment is its ability to bend the moral values of even the most innocent of folks.
7. Education remains an inaccessible right for millions of people around the world
There are more than 72 million children of primary education age that have no access to education and are not in school – An absolutely appalling fact.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela
With more than 700 million of the world’s adult population illiterate, the lack of education and knowledge prevents individuals the awareness to address and improve everyday issues, problems, and opportunities, to better their living conditions and those of their children.
8. You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!
In some cases the statement (you can’t handle the truth) taken from the movie ‘A few good men’ starring Jack Nicholson, has never been truer, there are some people that just can’t handle hearing the truth, and that is the truth. Surely you can think of 1 or 2 people…
This gives rise to fake news, conspiracies, and all manner of related delusional mental gymnastics that comes with it.
This is also one of the reasons why it is impossible to convince some people of even the most basic of facts. Whether it’s a friend you are advising about a toxic relationship, a destructive addiction, a flat earther, or a climate denier… There sometimes is just no way of getting to some people.
9. The most visited websites in the world
Forget what people tell you they care about…. Their Internet search history arguably reveals what they really care about…..
So, what does the average person care about, well that is a more complex question, however, in this post, we look to the internet as a viable factor that points us in the right direction.
Here are the results, based on the most visited websites in 2020, some of these searches may surprise you, others are obvious and familiar if you spend any time online.
|2||Youtube.com||34.6B||TV Movies and Streaming|
|3||Facebook.com||25.5B||Social Networks and Online Communities|
|4||Twitter.com||6.6B||Social Networks and Online Communities|
|5||Wikipedia.org||6.1B||Dictionaries and Encyclopedias|
|6||Instagram.com||6.1B||Social Networks and Online Communities|
|8||Yahoo.com||3.8B||News and Media|
Any surprises? Or does the website list pretty much sum up humanity?.
10. You have a voice, USE it!
” The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people. But because of the silence of the good people.” – Napoleon Hill
And in the words of Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist “no one is too small to make a difference” – her passion and persistence in fighting for a cause greater than herself inspired millions and eventually drew the attention of world leaders.
It took a young teenage girl, to be the voice of the planet and pull world leaders by the ear before they would take climate change seriously.
In fact, we are seeing people use their voices more all over the world. People are fed up with being intimidated by corrupt governments and immoral money-hungry big corporations. David is taking on Goliath.
Take the statement (You have a voice, use it) to heart, and be the voice of justice, compassion, love, and truth. No matter how small or insignificant you might feel, your voice can echo around the world.
11. Humans are waging a war on the Natural World, and the Earth is striking back
“Nature once determined how we would survive, now we determine how nature survives.” – David Attenborough.
Human-caused greenhouse gases have disrupted and provoked Earth’s natural cycle.
And in our ignorance, we have failed to see the warning signs, or worse, denied them entirely, and consequently, it can be said that the Earth has decided to strike back with more frequent and severe extreme weather events (such as floods, hurricanes, drought, and wildfires), seemingly to rid itself of Homo Sapiens – its most sentient, intelligent and self-destructive life form.
Humans should in a partnership with Earth have cultivated and kept it, but have instead ravaged, misused, mistreated, and abused it and other life forms…
Let’s be better and do better, it is after all, the only planet we’ve got!
Read more on how climate change affects our natural world.
12. Around 30 Years from Now, World Population will reach 9.8 Billion
The global population is expected to grow, and will be at 8.6 billion by mid-2030, 9.8 billion by mid-2050, and will reach a staggering 11.2 billion by 2100.
Side Note: in 1968 ” The Population Bomb” – a book written by Stanford biologist and ecologist Professor Paul R. Ehrlich and his wife, Anne Ehrlich predicted a famine in which hundreds of millions of people worldwide would starve to death in the 1970s and 1980s due to overpopulation. – safe to say that didn’t happen, Phew…
What impact the rising global population will have on the world’s already scarce resources, is anyone’s guess. But, one thing is certain, innovation and technology will have to play a significant role.
13. Climate Change is arguably a Human Rights Issue
Climate change isn’t just an environmental, economical, or political issue. It’s arguably also a human rights issue.
If the climate issue continues to be swept under the carpet, we risk indirectly violating human rights by undercutting the essential ingredients to good health – safe drinking water, clean air, and food security.
Climate change currently impacts or will in the future impact, the lives and livelihood of all humans on Earth. But unfortunately, minorities and the poor with inadequate infrastructure and resources to fend for themselves are hit the hardest and are already bearing the brunt of a changing climate.
14. More than 1 Million species are on track for extinction
Extinction is defined as the extermination or dying out of a species, family, or other group of animals or plants.
Many factors could lead to the extinction of a species, including, habitat loss due to deforestation, forest fires, agricultural development, poaching, diseases, and many other factors both human and nature related.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN RED LIST), – the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of biological species, uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of thousands of species and subspecies.
The IUCN Red List divides species into nine categories: Not Evaluated, Data Deficient, Least Concern, Near Threatened, Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered, Extinct in the Wild, and Extinct.
15. Rich countries are hoarding the Covid-19 vaccine
Like epidemics of the past, rich countries are hoarding the vaccines, and it is the poorest countries that have to wait at the back of the queue.
Vaccine nationalism has reappeared – ‘every country for itself’.
The current pandemic only goes to show history repeating itself, with rich countries making bilateral deals to protect their populations. If rich countries continue to hoard the covid-19 vaccines, billions of people around the globe will not have access to safe and effective vaccines for years to come.
In the words of World Health Organization (WHO) Director Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus:
“The world is on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure [due to unfair vaccine rollouts] – and the price of this failure will be paid with lives and livelihoods in the world’s poorest countries”.
“We urgently need a system that distributes vaccines more fairly worldwide during pandemics”. – The Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
Which points had you thinking, did any of them shock, anger, or upset you?
Which point would you add that we missed out.