10 Simple Solutions to Fix Global Current Issues

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Although these Global Current issues seem like large-scale problems, and they are, there

are simple solutions to fix them. A lot of these solutions come down to

awareness and individual responsibility. Are you aware of how you’

re contributing to these problems? Have you ever considered how to

fix them? The more people who understand how they’re contributing

to the issues, the more people there will be who try to find a solution,

both on an individual level and on the governmental level. Here are

ten simple solutions to help fix global current issues . . . so start

thinking about what you can do to help!

1) The U.S. should be taking in more refugees


These refugees are coming from war-torn countries, and they’re seeking a better life in America.

Letting more people into our country isn’t something we should be afraid of; it could end up being

one of our greatest strengths. Refugees deserve equal opportunity just like everyone else, and we have

an obligation to help those who seek it.

2) A Carbon Tax is Needed


The use of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, has a detrimental effect on our planet. Not only does it contribute

heavily to global warming, but it also pollutes air and water. By imposing a carbon tax on these products,

we can ensure that companies are penalized for their harmful effects. A carbon tax is easy to pass on because

companies will likely raise prices in response. This increase will be moderate enough that people won’t stop

using these resources because they’re essential.

3) Make the world aware of Israel’s illegal settlements


US Secretary of State John Kerry has described Israel’s settlements as a major obstacle to a two-state

solution. The only way we can change our government is by being informed, voicing our opinions, and

being active members of our community. If you want to see peace in Israel, spread awareness about

what is happening! Contact your representatives, write letters to newspapers and hold local demonstrations

. Make sure that people know that there are people who do not agree with what is going on in Palestine.

4) Implement universal healthcare


Universal healthcare is becoming more popular every day, and for good reason: no one in their right

mind wants to put off a trip to a doctor because they can’t afford it. The idea behind universal healthcare

is that everyone has access to quality medical care. Sound like a utopia? Not so fast—many of our current

biggest countries have already implemented some form of universal healthcare: Germany, France, Japan, etc.

5) Health insurance should be separate from employment


A single-payer system is a viable alternative to America’s current employment-based health insurance

system. Our health coverage should be independent of employment, as it is in most developed countries.

Under our current system, if your employer offers affordable health insurance, you are required by law

to take it or face legal action. As you change jobs—to advance your career, or simply search for better

opportunities—you can end up losing valuable benefits such as prescription drug coverage and surgery

reimbursement through previous employers’ plans.

6) Give every American $1,000 a month


A lot of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck, which means that once their bills are paid, they don’t

have a lot left over for savings. Giving every American $1,000 a month would not only ease their financial burden but also boost consumption, create jobs and help pay off debt—ultimately making most families healthier. The best part is that a universal basic income is much more fiscally sound than any current welfare programs out there.

7) Encourage children to become leaders in the future


As a teacher, you have a tremendous influence over your students. You can use that influence to teach them about their responsibilities as leaders in society and empower them with new skills and knowledge that will help them become even better leaders than you are. One of your main jobs is to cultivate an environment where all children feel safe, comfortable, and appreciated—and where they’re eager to learn and succeed.

8) Make voting mandatory for all eligible citizens


If voting isn’t compulsory, fewer people will vote—and those who do might not be as informed about which candidates are worthy of their support. Here in Canada, we have a number of ways to encourage voting without making it mandatory, such as financial incentives and same-day registration. In Australia, voter turnout has increased by 8 percent since they made voting compulsory for all citizens aged 18 or older (with some exceptions), reports Time Magazine. Making voting mandatory would go a long way toward bringing out more voters.

9) Develop a nuclear waste storage solution for all of America’s nuclear power plants


Developing an effective nuclear waste storage solution is critical, especially given that more than 70 percent of America’s nuclear power plants are currently without an approved plan for how they will handle their spent fuel after being decommissioned. The government has been working on a site at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, but that project has stalled out due to lack of funding, lawsuits from citizens and interest groups, and some lingering doubts about its potential seismic vulnerability.

10) Ban fossil fuel lobbyists from politics


Former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson was tapped for secretary of state in Donald Trump’s cabinet. This is a major problem, not only because of Tillerson’s ties to oil interests and Russian president Vladimir Putin, but also because he lobbied on behalf of fossil fuel interests while with Exxon Mobil. Politicians need to be able to make decisions that benefit all people, not just their biggest donors. Lobbyists are deeply embedded in politics—not just Washington, but also state capitals across America. In order to fix global current issues we must remove lobbyists from politics. We can start by prohibiting them from donating money to politicians or working as political consultants. The Supreme Court has ruled that money is speech, so it makes sense that we treat it as such when we talk about who should have access to our government officials.

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