What Will Be the Greatest Challenge Facing Your Generation over the Next Decade?
A decade is a period of 10 years. Cultural generations are cohorts of people who were born in the same date range and share similar cultural experience. The idea of a cultural generation, in the sense that it is used today gained currency in the 19th century. Prior to that the concept “generation” had generally referred to family relationships. Today’s world involves threatening serious problems. The three issues of today’s world are: global financial crisis, global warming and food scarcity.
Global financial crisis having started in wealthy countries is being felt around the world. Rich country governments rush to bail out failing institutions, many of which are responsible for the problems in the first place. On the other hand, the nature of the crisis threatens to destabilize much of the economy so it seems that something needs to be done. Yet this situation could have long been avoided. The climate is changing.
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The earth is warming up, and there is now overwhelming scientific consensus that is happening. With global warming on the increase and species and their habitats on the decrease, chances for ecosystems to adapt naturally are diminishing. Climate change may be one of the greatest threats facing the planet. The food scarcity part of the argument in the population debate is an interesting one-people are hungry not because the population is growing so fast that food is becoming scarce, but because people cannot afford it.
Food may be scarce, but it is international trade, economic policies and the control of land that have led to immense poverty and hunger and therefore less access to food, not food scarcity due to over population. These problems are being faced by so many countries around the world. They prove to be threatening. According to me, global financial crisis, global warming and food scarcity are the serious problems that need maximum attention.