It’s that time of year again—when most of us are making, and probably breaking, our New Year’s resolutions. But even if most of us (statistically) end up forgetting about our goals for the new year, the spirit in which we create them is worthwhile. This year, here’s a list of five resolutions that the global community should adopt in order to create a better, safer world.
- Climate Change: 2017 was a big year for the climate, but not in a good way. Seeing as our president pulled the plug on Paris and took down the EPA’s page on global warming, we should aim to reverse some of the damage done last year—and hope that 2018 doesn’t become the new hottest year on record.
- Refugee Crisis: 2017 saw over 15 million people across the world in need of humanitarian aid and over 5 million people deemed refugees. Unfortunately, many countries (including the United States) are still unwilling to help desperate people to find a new home. 2018 should be the year we truly accept those tired, poor, huddled masses.
- North Korea: Last year chronicled the rise of our president’s large, working, nuclear button and his arch-nemesis, the infamous Rocket Man. This year, the world should come together to help diffuse the tension on the Korean peninsula. The 2018 Winter Olympics, occurring this month in Seoul, is the perfect opportunity for a summit about eventual peace.
- Civil Rights: With the #MeToo movement outing dozens of powerful men as perpetrators of sexual assault, 2018 is a perfect time to seize upon this momentum to further agitate for civil rights protections at home and abroad.
- Child Hunger: Millions of children died of hunger in 2017 in the United States and across the world. With America alone throwing away over $160 billion of food last year, 2018 could be a time to think about what happens before you buy that extra snack in the lunch line.