This year, there are many issues that have been hot topics of conversations in different corners of the world. Here are some of them as well as a glimpse into some of the reasons why we need to pay more attention.
Environment and Climate Change
The recent news about the Giant Pandas no longer being endangered was a cause for celebration not just for conservationists but for everyone. This bit of good news was welcome news, especially with the constant reminders that there is more work to be done. Even as Giant Pandas increased, the Great Apes are on the brink of extinction according to a conservation group. The UN also announced a few months ago that this year is right on track to be the hottest one yet on record. And these are just some of the problems that highlight the need for sustainable action to protect the environment and natural resources.
There have been inroads on the issue of social justice over the years. But there is more to be done to address genuine change that would impact people’s lives around the world. Issues about gender equality, racism, unequal wealth distribution, and more still prevail. Many people still live in poverty and have fewer opportunities to improve their lot in life.
The refugee crisis has reached unprecedented proportions in recent years. As several thousands of people from Syria try to escape the continuous violence in their country, many have died in their attempt to cross the seas. And their numbers are on top of the many still living in many refugee camps in different parts of the world. There have been criticisms that that the world is not doing enough to address this pressing problem. The recent image of a wounded child who was a victim of a recent bombing in Syria has caught many people’s attention. It highlighted the plight of the people in Syria, especially the children.
Terrorism has continued to rear its ugly head in recent months. Many cities across the globe have been attacked by terrorist groups with ISIS claiming many of the attacks. Every atrocity is a chilling reminder of how vulnerable everyone has become to this form of violence that has already claimed thousands of lives. As people try to grapple with the problem, many are asking if there would be an end to these horrific acts.
US Election 2016
The US Presidential Election has been a topic of discussions for several months now. As election draws near, the hotly contested race is still fodder for debates. Terrorism, gun violence, migrant crisis, and more are among the issues that people are asking for answers from candidates.