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Road Map to Harmony: The Variables

For our Road Map to Harmony project, we've examined the world from nine different perspectives: ENERGY 13 percent of the...

For our Road Map to Harmony project, we've examined the world from nine different perspectives:


ENERGY

13 percent of the world's energy comes from renewable sources

GOING FORWARD

The amenities of 21st century life-cars, TVs, laptops, etc.-require a lot of power. Unfortunately, our means of energy production are not sustainable. We need to turn to renewable energy sources (solar, wind, geothermal); the European Renewable Energy Council set a goal of making 50 percent of the world's energy renewable by 2050.How can we create more clean and renewable energy?

SUSTENANCE

14 percent of the world's population is undernourished

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Not everyone eats three square meals per day. While that number of people in that situation is falling, our exploding population and rising food prices could present a challenge in achieving the U.N. Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people who go hungry by 2015.How can we provide all people the food and water necessary to live?

EDUCATION

86 percent of the world's children complete primary school

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Getting kids an elementary school education is the most effective way to prepare them to help themselves. Books and materials sent to children in the developing world get them hooked on learning, propelling us toward another of the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals: 100 percent of children completing primary school by 2015.How can we make sure all children receive a basic education?

HEALTH

3 out of 5 people have access to hygienic sanitation facilities

GOING FORWARD

Don't take your toilet for granted-40 percent of people don't have proper sanitation that separates them from human waste. Many of these people live in rural areas and are especially vulnerable to illness. The U.N. wants to "redouble our efforts" and ensure access to at least a simple pit latrine for 77 percent of the world's people by 2015.How can we ensure that everyone lives in clean conditions?

EARTH

385 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphereGOING FORWARDOur energy-intensive lifestyle is not helping us keep our atmosphere's carbon count down. According to the eco-activist campaign 350.org we need to limit carbon consumption and reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million. Otherwise we risk "runaway climate change."How can we clean up our atmosphere and make it better for life?

FLORA AND FAUNA

16,928 threatened plant and animal species

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The creatures with which we share the Earth are suffering from habitat loss, largely due to our swelling population, growing food needs and increasing energy demands. The Convention of Biological Diversity called for a "significant reduction" in the rate of biodiversity loss worldwide; the European Union wants to stop biodiversity loss entirely in Europe by 2010.How can we protect the Earth's biodiversity?

EXCHANGE

57 percent of the world's GDP is made up of trade

GOING FORWARD

Borders are opening up, and goods and services are flowing more freely. But we need to increase trade to give developing countries greater access to the global marketplace. More than 20 percent of the goods coming from those countries are subject to high tariffs. The U.N. wants to cut down the proportion of goods with tariffs to three percent.How can we create a more equitable global marketplace?

CONNECTIVITY

1 out of 5 people have access to the internet

GOING FORWARD

Internet usage was near zero 15 years ago. Today, 50% of people with internet access have broadband connections. That's not the case everywhere-only 1% of users in Africa have high-speed access. Microsoft wants 2 billion people using computers by 2015. By then, improved connection speeds worldwide could help create a more diverse ‘net.How can we better share information around the world?

COEXISTENCE

6.5 billion people in the world

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Our ranks are growing, and many are worried that the Earth can't sustain our booming population. There are more than 6.5 billion of us right now. Lester Brown, author of Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, calls for diverting one sixth of the money budgeted for military purposes to create a more livable and sustainable society for everyone.How can we provide everyone enough space and resources and make sure they all get along?

Infographics

When former Pittsburgh Steelers' center Mike Webster committed suicide in 2002, his death began to raise awareness of the brain damage experienced by NFL football players. A 2017 study found that 99% of deceased NFL players had a degenerative brain disease known as CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). Only one out of 111 former football players had no sign of CTE. It turns out, some of the risks of traumatic brain injury experienced by heavily padded adults playing at a professional level also exist for kids with developing brains playing at a recreational level. The dangers might not be as intense as what the adults go through, but it can have some major life-long consequences.

A new PSA put out by the Concussion Legacy Foundation raises awareness of the dangers of tackle football on developing brains, comparing it to smoking. "Tackle football is like smoking. The younger I start, the longer I am exposed to danger. You wouldn't let me smoke. When should I start tackling?" a child's voice can be heard saying in the PSA as a mother lights up a cigarette for her young son.

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