Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Here is New Scientist's list of the top 10 ways to make the world a better place. The article itself contains more discussion, but you need to subscribe.
We live in an imperfect world. Poverty, disease, lack of education,
environmental destruction - the problems are all too obvious. Many
people don't have clean water, let alone enough food, and the
unsustainable lifestyle of the wealthy few is storing up catastrophic
Can we do anything about it? You bet we can. Technology is a
double-edged sword, but science and reason have made our lives
immeasurably better overall - and only through science and reason can
we hope to make a real difference in the future. So here and over the
next three weeks, New Scientist will explore diverse ideas for making the world a better place, and the evidence backing them.
This week, we look at some radical ideas for transforming society and
changing the way countries are run. We also examine the state of the
world as it is today, to see whether things are getting better or worse.
Next week, we'll report on what you as an individual can do to make a
difference. Then we'll explore what many see as the fundamental
problem: overpopulation. And finally, we'll ponder the profound and
long-lasting changes we are making to our home planet.
If governments are serious about achieving their aims, they must base their decisions on hard evidence and not received wisdom
Far from protecting us and our children, the war on drugs is making the world a much more dangerous place
The only fair, effective answer to the question of whose DNA profiles police should keep is: everybody's
best way to make the world a better place is to make it not the only
place for us. We should establish a self-supporting colony on Mars."
J. Richard Gott
think that our best course of action is to spend at least as much
effort adapting to global heating as in attempts to slow or stop it
Governments need to find better ways of measuring progress than simply looking at wealth
We need to do our homework rather than simply assume geoengineering can stave off disaster
Goods should be taxed to reflect the damage they do to the planet, with revenues redistributed to society
The technology environmentalists love to hate really could play a big role in saving the planet
of the biggest problems we face today is a feeling of helplessness. It
is desperately important for us to understand that each one of us does
make a difference."
a global scale, the best and most effective insurance policy for
mankind would have to be legislative and economic protection of our
must put a stop to the free-for-all out on the oceans to have any
chance of saving their riches from the ravages of climate change
Paying people who generate green energy and feed it back to the grid is the best way to boost uptake of renewable energy
The four-day week could boost employment, save energy and make us happier