The 10 Most Pressing Global Problems of our Time and What You Can Do About Them

Originally published on the 22nd of November 2016

What if I told you that the average hero such as Superman is highly underutilising his gifts in fighting crime one case at a time? What if you working, volunteering and donating to an already overcrowded cause distracts from other more accessible social problems?

by Zach Weiner

Lately, I stumbled across 80,000 Hours, an organisation that helps people find a meaningful career in a 9-step career guide. There I came across a compilated list of the world’s top 10 most pressing problems based on scientific research (Open Philanthropy Project, Global Priorities Project, Copenhagen Consensus Centre). There I found the superman parable and the discussion about more effective ways to make a greater impact in the world.

I asked myself, why only focus on what we can do in our careers and not on what we can do in our lifestyle as well. Here is what I found.

Why Focusing on Lifestyle?

Through our own lifestyle, we can create a society that overcomes today’s biggest obstacles.

Here are the world’s 10 most pressing problems (according to 80,000 hours, 21.11.2016) and what you can do about them.

The World’s 10 Most Pressing Problems

#10 Developing World Health

#9 Smoking

#8 Land Use Reform

#7 Climate Change

#6 Nuclear Security

#5 Biosecurity

#4 Factory Farming

#3 Global Priorities Research

#2 Promoting Effective Altruism

#1 Risks from Artificial Intelligence

I hope this article gives you some ideas on what you can personally do to tackle our world’s greatest obstacles and gives you new perspectives.

What are your insights on what we can do in our lifestyle to address the world’s most pressing problems? What pressing issues are missing from your point of view?

I’m looking forward to hearing about your suggestions and experiences in the comments.


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