For the past few months the topic of climate change has nearly consumed the media. From legislation working it’s way through the U.S. Congress, to the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and the controversy surrounding email stolen from the Hadley Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at Britain’s University of East Anglia.
While climate change is a critical issue, threatening the lives of all species on the planet, we need to take a step back and recognize that it’s just one problem in a long list of interrelated problems which must be addressed in the coming years. Point solutions just won’t work in an optimal fashion.
Planet Earth’s Critical Issues
If each one of us were asked to make up a list of the world’s biggest problems there would be a great deal of diversity in our answers. Depending on your particular viewpoint and living conditions, different topics would naturally have varying degrees of importance. From a Global Patriot perspective I have selected twelve issues that I feel we must also deal with, in a holistic fashion, over the next ten years:
- Fossil Fuels
- Human Rights
The problem I see within our media is that few are talking about the breadth and complexity of these issues. For example, human rights are routinely violated while pumping oil in Nigeria due to violence and pollution, while poverty is still on the rise.
In the Amazon deforestation has resulted in a loss of biodiversity while contributing to pollution and climate change. In many parts of the world a lack of clean water is causing disease, contributing to poverty and hindering education.
As Global Patriots we need to think about how these issues interrelate, and try to understand how our own actions, as well as those of corporations and governments around the world, play a role in addressing each of these global problems.
What critical issues do you feel need our attention in the coming decade?