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New Scientist’s plan for a better world

Via New Scientist

We live in an imperfect world. Poverty, disease, lack of education, environmental destruction – the problems are all too obvious. Many people don’t have clean water, let alone enough food, and the unsustainable lifestyle of the wealthy few is storing up catastrophic climate change.

Can we do anything about it? You bet we can. Technology is a double-edged sword, but science and reason have made our lives immeasurably better overall – and only through science and reason can we hope to make a real difference in the future. So here and over the next three weeks, New Scientist will explore diverse ideas for making the world a better place, and the evidence backing them.

This week, we look at some radical ideas for transforming society and changing the way countries are run. We also examine the state of the world as it is today, to see whether things are getting better or worse.

Next week, we’ll report on what you as an individual can do to make a difference. Then we’ll explore what many see as the fundamental problem: overpopulation. And finally, we’ll ponder the profound and long-lasting changes we are making to our home planet.

Er zijn wel enige interessante – hoewel niet echt radicale – ideeen, maar het nadeel is dat overal wel een overheid voor nodig is om toezicht te houden op de naleving van deze voorstellen.

Beware of common sense

Good intentions are not enough. If leaders and governments are serious about achieving their aims, they must base their actions on hard evidence

Legalise drugs

Far from protecting us and our children, the war on drugs is making the world a much more dangerous place

Give police your DNA

Whose DNA profiles should police be allowed to keep in their databases? The only fair and effective answer is everybody’s.

Redefine the bottom line

Governments need to find better ways of measuring progress than simply looking at wealth

Find out if we can cool the planet

We need to do our homework rather than assume geoengineering can stave off disaster

Tax carbon and give the money to the people

Goods should be taxed to reflect the damage they do to the planet, with revenues redistributed to society

Learn to love genetic engineering

The technology environmentalists love to hate really could play a big role in saving the planet

End the pillaging of the high seas

To have any chance of saving the oceans’ richness as climate change kicks in, we have to put a stop to the free-for-all out on the open oceans

Generate a feed-in frenzy

Paying people who generate green energy and feed it back to the grid is the best way to boost uptake of renewable energy

Take Friday off… forever

The four-day week could boost employment, save energy and make us happier

Erg inspirerend vind ik ook deze pagina:
Better world: Big thinkers, big ideas Daarin bijvoorbeeld dit voorstel:

The best way to make the world a better place is to make it not the only place for us.

We should establish a self-supporting colony on Mars. That would make us a two-planet species and improve our long-term survival prospects by giving us two chances instead of one. It would change the course of world history – you couldn’t even call it world history any more.

We should do this before money for the space programme runs out.

J. Richard Gott, astrophysicist, Princeton University

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