The Greatest Problems We Have Ever Faced
By Jayne Warrilow
We all have times when life brings us to our knees, and if we’re lucky we learn what we are truly capable of, you know what they say “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. And never in the history of humankind have we ever faced the seemingly insurmountable, global problems that we face today.
The whole of humanity is being called to come together and co-create solutions to COVID-19. Scientists, doctors, and governments are working collaboratively to create a vaccination, more accessible testing and ways to better treat the infection.
On one hand this might seem daunting, yet I can’t help but feel inspired by the many leaders who have stepped up to the plate and accomplished things that only a few months ago would have been considered impossible. It ’s truly inspiring and it shows us what we humans are capable of.
Which brings me back to think about some of our other global challenges that the UN SDG’s have been designed to support.
I’ve chosen to dive deeply into the issues from #BlackLivesMatter, to climate change and beyond and what I am learning is extraordinary. There are some extraordinary people doing really great things, but the thread that runs through the call to sustainability is clear; it’s going to take every single one of us to change the way we live on multiple levels to usher in a new decade of regeneration that the planet desperately needs.
Every single one of us.
So you might be asking “What can we as individuals do to solve the climate crisis, the greatest problem the world has ever faced?” And the answer quite simply is plenty. We can make small and easy changes to our lives - to our homes, our buying habits, the way we eat and the modes of transport we use. We can think twice about the amount of waste we send to landfill sites and we can reduce our use of plastic. We can change our values, beliefs and perhaps more importantly, our systems that perpetuate bias towards a world that is no longer working for so many of us.
I want to help you make your own changes, because when we put our own homes in order we send an important message to those in power. Let’s do this!