Last Updated on by Elena Ciobanu

Throughout our long history – long for us, short in the geologic scheme of things – we humans faced many difficult challenges: disease, famine, ruthless rulers, war and more.

Many millions died, many still do from these terrible causes. We’re the descendants of tough, resourceful survivors.

The ultimate test

But now we face an even greater challenge. How we play this out will decide whether most of us – or even any of us – can survive.

Of all species who ever lived, we are clearly the smartest – at least in technological abilities. But it remains to be seen whether other parts of our intelligence can catch up to our destructive abilities.

Weapons of mass destruction could kill millions of people, perhaps everyone on earth. We are destroying our environment at an ever faster speed. We tolerate a world where 1.2 billion people live in poverty – when all the resources are there to solve these problems.

You are the solution

The problems may seem overwhelming. But the better you understand them, the more you can have a new, very important role in helping solve these challenges.

Following leaders may have brought evolutionary advantages at times but, now more than ever, we need to take better control of our future.

Here’s some good ways to empower yourself:

You Can Help End Global Hunger and Poverty
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