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WILL WE DO IT?

“At this moment in time, we are called to lead and act with courage. We are called to embrace change. Change in our societies. Change in the management of our economies. Change in our relationship with our one and only planet.” The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet

This September in New York City, the member nations of the UN will sign what may be the most significant document in human history: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Comprised of 17 goals that promise to “transform the world by 2030,” the SDGs succeed and expand upon the Millennium Development Goals that expire at the end of this year.

What makes the SDGs so significant? First, they are the product of a globally inclusive process with input from millions. Second, they merge, for the first time, the world’s economic, social and environmental agendas. And third, they write into history—to either our shame or our honor—an acknowledgement that at this critical hour in the human story, we knew exactly what we were up against, and we knew exactly what to do.

What remains to be written is:

Did we do it? 


TAKE ACTION: Help spread the word about the SDGs by sharing this entertaining four-minute animated video: A Very Brief History of Development.

Free Respect

To interpret the cyber attack on Sony or the murder of journalists at a satirical newspaper as a threat to Western values and free speech is another example of simplistic thinking in a complex world. It reduces the conflict to an “us versus them” mentality when it is clear that today there is no “them.” There’s only us. Read more

IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT

I live in Mountain View, California. It happens to be where Google has its corporate headquarters. In addition to more traffic and higher housing prices, Google has introduced into our community “self-driving cars.” I object.

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WE ARE NOT SAFER/PART TWO

I wrote the post below back in May, 2011 just after the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden. “Watch what happens next,” I wrote, “as the death of bin Laden helps ignorance and hatred to grow, not diminish.”

Since then, according to this week’s issue of Time magazine, “The number of radical Islamic groups has increased nearly 60% in the past four years, according to a June study by the Rand Corp, while attacks by al-Qaeda and its affiliates—a category that doesn’t even include ISIS—have tripled. Al-Qaeda now seeks to radicalize India’s Muslims, even as militants multiply in post-Gaddafi Libya.”

Here is my original post:

Obama says the world is safer with the death of Osama bin Laden and I’d like to say why, in fact, it is less safe. Read more

TRAFFIC SCHOOL

I was driving north on the freeway the other day when I noticed that the southbound traffic was at a standstill. Something had happened, though I couldn’t tell what. All I knew was that the backup extended for miles. No one was moving. Read more

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