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Every Solution Got It’s Challenge

 In Government, Society and Culture

From Unemployment challenge to global warming; from education for all to meeting the basic needs of human life, our society, though very advanced, is facing many issues. We need some new, ground-breaking, innovative solutions, to tackle these issues. The ideas in this list go against the norm or what’s expected, however are they too radical? Or may they assist save the world?

Challenge 9 – Youth Unemployment

 

Youth unemployment is a major challenge in several countries. The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that the global youth unemployment rate is expected to reach 13.1 per cent in 2016 and remain at that level through to 2017 (up from 12.9 per cent in 2015). One way to stem this problem is for employers to offer youth a shortened workweek. Rather than a full-time job, they’d start at 80 percent of the work and paycheck. This could produce 10–20 % additional jobs in the market.

Total vs. youth unemployment via country – Source: Business Insider

The reason to direct this initiative at young people rather than implementing it for everybody may be a development known as the endowment effect. It’s the idea that folks get attached to possession, money, and privilege, and once somebody has those things, it’s hard to take them away. However young people won’t have that downside, because there’s nothing to take away from them; they gain 80 % of the job. A shortened workweek for a large section of the manpower has also been recommended as a solution to help the economy. A shorter workweek would in theory lower a person’s carbon footprint, improve worker morale, scale back unemployment, reduce the cost of service, and improve the economy.

Challenge 8 – Climate Change

 

According to researchers, the damage from global climate change is irreversible, however it’s debatable. So as to even slow it down, some innovative concepts are going to be required. One amongst the more attention-grabbing concepts is from a geo-engineering team known as the SPICE project (Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering) from the UK. They’re trying to assist slow down global climate change by making an “artificial volcano.” The inspiration for the project came from the aftermath of the 1991 eruption of volcano within the Philippines. Throughout the eruption, 20 million tons of sulphate particles were spewed into the atmosphere that cooled the planet by half a degree for the next eighteen months. SPICE’s plan is to use a hose on a bound balloon.

Annual Carbon emissions

Through the hose, they’d pump some kind of particle into the air that would reflect sunlight and cool down the earth. Environmental teams are critical of geoengineering and SPICE specifically. They’re worried that geoengineering could have an effect on the ecosystem and weather patterns. Undeterred, Project SPICE is currently probing for the most appropriate particle and also the best delivery system to hopefully cool down the earth and slow down the consequences of global climate change

Challenge 7 – Gun Control

 

One of Chris rock’s most celebrated jokes, that was featured in bowling for columbine, is his bullet control bit. He said that the way to control gun violence is to make bullets outrageously costly. Whereas it’s an incredibly insightful joke, bullet control was really put forth by new york senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1993. His plan to stem gun violence was to put an exorbitant tax on certain types of bullets. He wasn’t going to tax bullets that were usually employed in practice or looking, however he undoubtedly would place them on other types of ammunition, like hollow points. Moynihan wanted to make a box of 20 bullets cost $1,500.

Global Gun Deaths – Source: Iansa, The global movement against gun violence

The argument against expensive ammunition was that the government would be interfering with the free market.another potential solution for stopping some gun violence is to use smart gun technology. These smart guns would make sure that only an individual, or a few individuals, might fire the gun. This sort of technology, which was used by fictional character in Skyfall, has been around for a couple of years, and a number of companies have developed different techniques to make sure that only registered individuals will fire it. One technology utilizes fingerprints. Another company uses a watch that sends off a frequency to the gun and activates it. Yet one more uses hand biometrics, and those are just a few.

World Gun Deaths – Source: statista

These guns might considerably hamper the 11,000 deaths caused by stolen guns. That number doesn’t even include cops who are killed in the line of duty with their own gun. Smart guns don’t seem to be sold within the us, despite studies that have shown that the majority gun owners support the concept. The reason they aren’t sold is actually because safety is not a selling point when it involves guns. Gun owners would rather have immediate access to a reliable gun. Also, strong supporters of the second amendment think that this might result in stronger control over the sale and use of firearms.

Challenge 6 – Refugees

 

The Syrian exile crisis is presently putting strain on a lot of countries, however the world has had a massive displacement problem for quite some time. Currently, there are 60 million displaced individuals, and twenty million of them are refugees. Regardless of where the millions of refugees end up, it’ll be a complicated ordeal for the hosting country and for the refugees themselves. One solution to the matter may be to simply give refugees their own new country.

World refugee crisis caused by US warmongering – Source: UNHCR

The “refugee nation,” suggested by Israeli real estate millionaire Jason Buzi, would involve buying underpopulated and underdeveloped land somewhere in the world so making it an area where refugees will flee to and get their lives started once more. Critics have same that the set up is imperfect as a result of it’s supported exclusivity and making an attempt to stay individuals out. While there’s undoubtedly some truth to it, a permanent exile nation has a lot of humanitarian advantages likewise. Notably, an operating nation with an economy, permanent housing, and social services is far better than the inhumane refugee camps in which individuals find themselves living for years without employment and relying on aid.

Conversely, refugees would be able to work and live in the refugee nation, meaning that less aid will be needed in the long run. The ultimate goal would be for the refugee nation to develop its own organic government. Of course, creating a new nation from scratch with millions of refugees from different countries would be an unbelievably complex task. Besides logistics, it would also need lots of compromise between nations with conflicting views on how to govern.

 

Challenge 5 – Homelessness

 

Homelessness is one among the oldest issues in the world; however it really took off during the industrial Revolution. A United Nations global survey in 2005 found that an estimated 100 million people are homeless worldwide. Habitat for Humanity estimated in 2015 that 1.6 billion people around the world live in “inadequate shelter”. There are a few suggestions on how homelessness may be tackled. One among the more innovative ways is just to build permanent housing where people will live for free.

That happened in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and as a result, it’ll be the first city in North America to eliminate homelessness. Medicine Hat can offer free housing to anyone who has to stay in an emergency center for more than 10 days if they have do not have a secure place to go afterwards. The logic behind permanent housing makes financial sense as well, because it’s far more cost-efficient than traditional homeless shelters. In Medicine Hat, if somebody were to live on the road, it may cost the government up to $100,000 in related services. While free, permanent homes would solely cost the city about $20,000 per person. UT features a similar program, and they found that the cost of housing someone in permanent homes was $10,000–$12,000, while it was about $20,000 if they were living on the street and in shelters.

Feasibility is another problem, however what’s interesting is that the United States has 14.2 million abandoned homes scattered at intervals its borders. Even a fraction of those abandoned buildings may be born-again into housing for the homeless. This is specifically how a nonprofit organization known as Breaking Ground tackles homelessness. They fix dilapidated buildings in New York town and build them high-quality transitional apartments, complete with social services for its residences. Their first project was converting the Times Square building in 1994, and it’s still open today. Of course, some people can argue that this is simply the government giving free houses to lazy people, but this is an unfortunate stigma connected to homelessness. Many people are homeless thanks to mental illness, not because they’re lazy.

Challenge 4 – Declining Postal Services

 

The postal service, once an important part of civilized life. However, since the internet has become more popular, mail has decreased in volume, and private mail services have become more common. As a result, the United States postal service (USPS) announced that they lost $5.1 billion in the 2015 fiscal year. Other countries like Canada and Australia have a similar problem. Yet, the mail service remains a necessity, especially to people who don’t use computers.

In order to make the post office relevant in modern times, some post offices in Europe and Asia provide banking services to generate revenue. Wanting to this model, United States presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has suggested converting post offices into banks. It would be comparatively cheap because the US Postal Service already includes a massive network with retailers in nearly each town and city in the United States. Converting post offices to banks would have a twofold effect: it’d hopefully make the US Postal Service profitable, and it’d help Americans with low incomes. Many low-income Americans can’t get traditional banking services because banks don’t need them as customers. Instead, they’re forced to go to check-cashing outlets that blatantly exploit them with outrageous fees and service charges. And this isn’t just a small-scale problem: 20–40%of Americans have used these check-cashing places.

Challenge 3 – Food Production

 

One of the most important fears among people and the biggest challenge of modern time is overpopulation. While most cities won’t look like Blade Runner, there is one major problem which will come with the projected growth of people: feeding everybody. According to projections by the United Nations, the population of Earth will be 9.6 billion by 2050, and if we continue our current trajectory for food production, we won’t have enough food to feed everybody. (Obviously, our food production has kept pace with our population in the past, despite recurring doomsday predictions.) Over the next 35 years, production will rise 38–67 %, however it has to rise 60–110 %.Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology are looking to solve this problem through a project known as CityFarm.

The project is seeking to make urban farms more economical through data science and monitoring each individual plant with sensors that “listen” to the crops. In the experimental laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, plants are monitored by 30 sensors, that send information back to a computer every eight seconds regarding how much carbon and nutrients the crops need. Using the sensors, the crops will get everything they need in low quantities, making the process of growing food way more efficient. In fact, it will use 98 percent less water than conventional farms.

It will also quadruple the growth speed of vegetables while eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Finally, the nutrient density of the crops will be doubled, and the flavor can be strengthened or modified. Then, once the ideal “recipe” is ready, the data is loaded onto an open source database, where anyone can download it to grow their own crops by plugging the data into their own farm. Besides making the process of growing crops more efficient, CityFarm will also eliminate another huge challenge, that is the shipment of food. Sometimes, food is shipped long distances, a wasteful use of resources that leaves a large carbon footprint. Using the CityFarm technology, every city could have one block dedicated to these farms, and it would feed the entire population. The leader of the project, Caleb Harper, says that the plan is to make one billion of these tiny urban farms in cities around the world.

Challenge 2 – Water Scarcity

 

In first-world countries, people defecate and urinate in clean water and flush it down the toilet; however around the world 783 million people don’t have access to clean water. In addition to it, 2.5 billion people don’t have access to adequate sanitation. Looking to solve both problems is Peter Janicki’s Omni-processor, which extracts water from human waste. Sewer sludge is put into the Omni-processor, where it’s boiled in a large tube. The water vapor escapes from the waste and goes into a cleaning system inside the machine.

Water Scarcity worldwide – Source: wikipedia

Within minutes, it is filtered, and clean water comes out. One machine can continually provide clean water to 100,000 people. But what really makes the Omni-processor so innovative is that the leftover waste is turned into steam, which powers the machine and fertilizer which helps growing the crops. If there is leftover power, it goes to powering the community. The Omni-processor is personally supported by bill gates, who drank its water and said he would drink it every day. The project to build and install them throughout the world is also supported by the Gates Foundation.

Challenge 1 – Third-World Country Poverty

 

Would you notice if a tiny tax, cheaper than a cup of low, was tacked on each time you made a large luxury purchase? For example, would you notice $1.50 being taken off a vacation you spent $1,500 on? Most people in all probability wouldn’t notice or care, and while it may not be noticeable to the consumer, all of that money combined could mean billions of dollars for people living in poverty. Philippe Douste-Blazy, a French cardiologist and a special adviser to the secretary general of the UN in charge of innovative financing for development, tested this theory using a service charge on tickets for flights out of France.

Population under the poverty line, worldwide Source: Pinterest

The service fee was €1 (about US$1.50), and between 2006 and 2014, they made $2 billion and received no complaints about the levy. Of course, these “invisible donations” can be used to fund an entire host of projects to fight global challenge s. Currently, Douste-Blazy has been using the funds from the airline tickets on initiatives to fight HIV and AIDS, TB, and malaria in third-world countries. He says that public health is a cornerstone of a good economic system. If people are healthy, they can attend school, get a job, and contribute to an economy, which in turn grows the country’s GDP. Douste-Blazy hopes that this type of funding could lead to greater global stabilization.

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