Posts Tagged ‘ending’

A Voice Emerging From The Darkness

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

About 1 in 4 people have Internet access today. Projections show that every second person is likely to be online 10 years from now. Within 20 years, thanks to humanitarian efforts and the declining cost of technology, rudimentary Internet access could be made available to the entire world.

The implications from this will be incredible! For one, every single human will have access to humankind’s extensive knowledge base, helping any ambitious individual realize their true potential.

On top of this, as our globe transitions into the online realm, our species will become increasingly self-aware. The joys and pains from the entire world will be shared and felt by all. As our individual minds become more and more aligned to what the rest of the world is thinking, a global consciousness will emerge.

During this process, one voice – that of the world’s poorest – will continue to grow louder. Words like “we’re starving here” or “we suffer tremendously” will be heard at increasing volumes, prompting an equivalent response from humanity’s inherent compassion.

The world’s people are coming together to heal the world’s people. A more just global civilization is in our future, and the Internet is helping make it happen.

World Peace is Coming! – Ending Poverty

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

In the previous post, we showed how poverty is war, in that poverty is a root factor that leads to violence and war.  So, in order to foster peace in our world, we need to address the issue of poverty.

Fortunately, poverty has been on the decline for many years, which is great news.  As we keep getting rid of poverty, especially extreme poverty, we will keep seeing a corresponding drop in war.

Thanks to the snowball effect, addressing poverty will keep getting easier.  On the one hand, we will continue to develop cheaper, better technology along with more effect means to help people rise out of poverty.  On the other hand, the world will continue to be in a better position to help out those in need.

In 2008, development aid reached a record high of 120 Billion dollars, which is great news.  It shows how the world is coming together to help out the world.  As  long as this keeps up, we will be on track to meeting the UN’s Millennium Development Goals… which are designed to improve the quality of life on earth.

Within the next couple decades, we will have eliminated extreme poverty forever, and will move on to addressing the less severe forms of poverty.  Soon enough, the basic needs of every human on earth will be met, and world peace will manifest itself into reality.  Hooray for peace!!!

Ending Hunger Worldwide

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Here are some interesting facts from the Sept 2009 issue of The Rotarian, showing where we are in the struggle to alleviate starvation around the world:

  • Nearly One in Seven people around the world – about 963 million – do not have enough food to maintain healthy, active lives.
  • About 25,000 people die every day from hunger related causes.
  • More than 60% of hunger stricken people are women.
  • Every 6 seconds, a child dies from hunger
  • Seven Countries: India, China, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia, represent 65% of the world’s starving people.
  • Malnutrition contributes to more than half of the 9.7 million annual deaths of children under 5 years.

But the news isn’t all bad:

  • Scientists predict that global food production will outpace population growth by 2030
  • Between 1970 and 1997, the number of hungry people worldwide dropped from 959 million to 791 million.  (but between 2007 and 2008 ,the number of undernourished people in the world increased by 115 million, due to the skyrocketing cost of food and oil).

So, clearly humankind’s efforts to alleviate this scourge from our planet have been working, yet we still have a long way to go.

It should be noted that we do not have a global food shortage…  researchers say there is enough food in the world to feed every human.  The issue is not so much that we don’t have the food… its more that we don’t have the will.  Profits are more important than children dying, so food is destroyed instead of being shared with those in need.

Also, it should be noted that it would take about 5-10% of the world’s annual military budget to eliminated extreme poverty around the world.

So as the world comes more together, as we become a tighter knit world, we will spend less and less on war, and more on more on peace and making the world a better place.  It won’t be long until we have eradicated extreme poverty and starvation from our planet for good.

*Source – Facts of the Matter: Hunger.  Jason Grotto.  September 2009, The Rotarian.