08 febrero, 2012

Time to change

The Earth is sick. Although the benefits of biodiversity have been proven, species are disappearing at an alarming rate, but the most threaten specie of all is mankind.
In round numbers there are 7 billion people in the world, of which 925 million people worldwide suffer from chronic hunger. 13.1 percent, or almost 1 in 7 people are hungry. And even though the world produces enough food to feed everyone (world agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase), we would rather throw food away than find a way to share it with the ones that can’t afford it. One third of the food produced in the world every year is lost or wasted, amounting to 1.3 billion metric tons.

Of all the things we are doing wrong as human beings, this is absolutely the worse of all.

Paradoxically, with an estimated 925 million hungry people in the world, 1,500 million people worldwide are overweight; we see people suffering from hunger and at the same time we see people in developed countries having too much food and suffering from diseases caused by obesity.

It breaks my heart to know that every five seconds a child dies from hunger and, moreover, the fact that knowing this, we let this happen, choosing to do nothing.

Isn’t it criminal? We let--and encourage--the existence of harmful economic systems that have led to extremely unequal income distribution in the world, causing poverty and famine.

Paradoxes take place everywhere. Take my country for example. Even though Mexico ranks fourth in the world’s biological diversity and Oaxaca is the state with the greatest biodiversity in the country, 150,000 infants of this state, of which 80% are indigenous, live in extreme poverty, similar to Africa or India. This meansd that 10% of all children in Oaxaca are found on the lowest rung of the Human Development Index (HDI) in the country.

I’m a full-time dreamer and I absolutely dream of a better world. What can we do to achieve this? How can we awaken to a new beginning? I still think that education is the answer: a better education, a different education.

Change is needed desperately. It’s time to change.

#Change11 #CMC11 #CCK12

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