Help Women Disarm This Bomb, Colltalers
For those who haven’t lost their minds, there’s little doubt that climate change is the more urgent challenge of our age. For it’s aggravating all other global tragedies we’re already facing, apart from adding others, serious enough to compromise our own species’ ability to survive.
Besides wrecking the world economy, rising sea levels and extreme weather help widen the already staggering income divide, drive extreme poverty, hunger, and disease, and fuel wars, and racial and ethnic intolerance. There’s another, half-forgotten bomb about to go off, though.
Coming July 11, we may be reminded that we are now 7,500,000,000 people, a mark we’ve just broken last April. That means that, since the turn of the millennium, an extra billion and a half hungry bodies were born, with two and a half billion more expected to join us by 2060.
Those are truly scary figures, considering how hard it’s become to feed and raise most of those already around. Trapped in a cycle of scarcity of resources, violence, oppression, and political persecution, they’re incapable to fend for themselves even if they’d manage to dodge mortality.
It’s all part of the same picture, of course. Yes, with or without climate change, it’s unacceptable, for instance, that eight people own as much as the 3,6 billion poorest half of that seven billion. Or that there are 65 million people who don’t even have a home or country anymore.
Those we call ‘refugees,’ – with all the detachment, impersonality and indifference implied by the term – were productive members of the global economy just a few years ago. Now, though, they’re no more than charges for the 100 million or so global armed forces personnel.
It’s also easy to get lost in the dizzying array of numbers and stats that, for the most part, pack a numbing effect but reveal little about what it all means. The same way that there’s always Continue reading