Waiting on the world to change

Connor Poorman
Staff Writer


Ted Talks tend to address issues that not many other sources wish to report.

The United Nations met back in September where social progress expert, Michael Green asked: “Can we can end hunger and poverty, halt climate change and achieve gender equality in 15 years? The governments of the world think we can.”

A plan and goal was set up by the U.N. to address all issues in our world today but within a matter of 15 years. A very good and ideological idea, but can we do it?

As Green said: “Shockingly…we maybe actually can. But not with business as usual.”

Green uses the phrase “not with business as usual” quite a lot, but what does he mean by that? He is emphasizing that we can no longer look at these issues, set up goals and just hope we meet those goals.

In order to meet these goals, the U.N. must advocate the progress of the global goals and then attempt to meet them.

So what are the global goals? There are 17 goals to be met in the next 15 years such as a few of the following: no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, climate action and peace and justice.

Is it possible to accomplish these goals in 15 years? The U.N. completed a goal from back in 1990 which was expected to decrease poverty from 36% in 1990 to 18% in 2015.

We not only met that goal, but we did even better. Poverty is expected to be at its lowest percentage of 12% this year. We may not have been able to completely get rid of poverty globally, but we’ve made great strides in trying to reduce it.

Perhaps meeting a few of those goals is actually possible and, perhaps, a few of them aren’t able to be met. These are big issues that require a large amount of time to complete. I am skeptical that we can meet them in the allotted time, but I would of course love to see them succeed.

This is a step in the right direction for the world. Knowing that world leaders are attempting to reach these goals is fantastic. A lot of the time, all we see is the world going backwards, never forward.

I encourage you to use Ted Talks as a resource to educate yourself on important news that is not always discussed in mainstream media. Ted Talks often focuses on news in a brighter light which allows us to see the positive progression we are making as a whole.


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