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Global Challenges



While some problems we encounter are only pertinent on a personal or more local, grassroots level, there are some issues that affect humanity as a whole, on a global scale. These range from warring nations and ideological matters, to environmental and sustainability issues, to poverty and societal concerns. Due to the advent of technology and the subsequent globalization of world economies and society as a whole, such concerns are only becoming more evident in the modern age.

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Michio Kaku: Will Mankind Destroy Itself?

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku sees two major trends today. One eventually leads to a multicultural, scientific, tolerant society that will expand beyond Earth in the name of human progress. The other trend leads to fundamentalism, monoculturalism, and - eventually - civilizational ruin.

Citizenship Papers: Essays

There are those in America today who seem to feel we must audition for our citizenship, with “patriot” offered as the badge for those found narrowly worthy.

How Wealth Creates Poverty

This equating of money with wealth and wealth with wellbeing is misplaced on multiple counts. Money does not reflect nature’s wealth or people’s wealth, and it definitely fails to measure the wellbeing of society.

What affects one in a major way, affects all in a minor way.

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You Can Live Without Producing Trash

One New York woman is making an effort to change the way we think about waste. Over the past two years, Lauren Singer has produced only enough trash to fill a 16 oz mason jar.

Ever Green: Saving Big Forests to Save the Planet

An original and compelling argument about how to control climate change by conserving the world’s megaforests.

It’s Time for a Disarmament Race

To realize a nuclear weapon–free world, we must acknowledge that nuclear weapons serve no legitimate, lawful purpose.

The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

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The Top 4 Crises Facing the World Today | Jared Diamond | Big Think

According to historian Jared Diamond, we currently have four global crises to address: the ongoing threat of nuclear attacks, climate change, running out of resources, and socioeconomic inequality.

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

Jared Diamond argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world.

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