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The World is a Better Place and We Must Tackle Climate Change

The World is a Better Place and We Must Tackle Climate Change

2019 07 01 head

The world has really improved in a lot of areas.

Stop whining we are doomed. And yes we must act strong and fast to tackle the climate change disaster.

But do not forget how much the world bettered the last centuries.

We are not doomed, we must solve the next challenges instead of just complaining and doing nothing.

  • Ask yourself if you need a car.
  • Travel with train instead of flying.
  • Schedule a video conference instead of a business trip.
  • Reduce your plastic and paper usage.
  • Each step reduces your carbon footprint.

Millions of persons taking similar steps will be a huge improvement. Just do it!

The late Swedish academic Hans Rosling has identified a worrying trend. Not only do many people across advanced economies have no idea that the world is becoming a much better place, but they actually even think the opposite. This is no wonder, when the news focuses on reporting catastrophes, terrorist attacks, wars and famines.

Who wants to hear about the fact that every day some 200'000 people around the world are lifted above the $2-a-day poverty line? Or that more than 300'000 people a day get access to electricity and clean water for the first time every day? These stories of people in low-income countries simply does not make for exciting news coverage.

What is better?

Extreme poverty is plumping down

2019 07 01 world poverty

https://ourworldindata.org/extreme-poverty

Literacy and education is exploding

2019 07 01 world literacy

https://ourworldindata.org/literacy

Health is improving and child mortality is crashing

2019 07 01 world life expectancy

https://ourworldindata.org/life-expectancy

Please stop the doomsday trashing and start to act to improve your social environment and diminish your solution footprint. I am tired hearing we cannot improve our world. Stop lying and simply look at the facts. Feel free to argument based on facts.

I recognize that we have difficult problems to solve and success is not guaranteed. I am just tired of negative thinking and persons claiming we cannot improve our world.

Start learning and explore the data on Our World In Data. They have interactive charts.

Sources

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2017/11/30/why-the-world-is-getting-better-why-hardly-anyone-knows-it/#2ab7ae478268

Seven Reasons the World is Improving

23 charts and maps that show the world is getting much, much better

Research and interactive data visualizations to understand the world’s largest problems

What do the people of the world die from?

And the beautiful book from Hans Rosling

https://www.amazon.com/Factfulness-Reasons-World-Things-Better-ebook/dp/B0756J1LLV/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=hans+rosling&qid=1563089194&s=digital-text&sr=1-1