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Forrest

I think we should move quickly towards Solar wind and wave power.

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Thuy Vy Vu

We need to explore more options of renewable resources.

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Juanita

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Turning Water Pipes into Electric Generators

In India, roads made from shredded plastic are proving a popular solution to tackling waste and extreme weather. One road, built in 2002, has not developed the mosaic of cracks, potholes or craters that typically make their appearance after it rains. And this road has weathered a major flood, several monsoons, recurring heat waves and a steady stream of cars, trucks and auto rickshaws traveling over it each day. Holding the road together is an unremarkable material: a cheap, polymer glue made from shredded waste plastic. waste plastic that would have ended up in landfills if it was not recycled and used to pave roads. These roads are cheaper to build than regular roads. Every mile of this kind of road uses the equivalent of 1m plastic bags, saving around one ton of asphalt and costing roughly 8% less than a conventional road. And the impact on the environment would be significant. Flimsy, single-use items like shopping bags and foam packaging are the ideal raw material. Impossible to recycle, they are a menace, hogging space in garbage dumps, clogging city drains and even poisoning the air and oceans. Using them to make more sustainable roads would reduce waste, reduce the need for more asphalt production and be cost efficient for the government. Why are we not exploring this option here in the US? Why are other countries not exploring this option?

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Environmentally friendly hydroelectricity technology that harnesses the energy from water already flowing under our streets to power homes, street lights and more. Since our infrastructure is currently undergoing upgrades, (or should be!) this would be feasible and cost effective over the long run.

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According to a study by the journal Climate Change 60% of plants in the world s' richest forests are at risk of extinction in the next century unless stronger measures to combat climate change are implemented. Yet Donald Trump is on record saying that global warming is a hoax invented by the Chinese to attack US manufacturing. The growing impacts of climate change are extremely serious and require urgent action. Yet the person at the helm of the world’s largest economy is ignoring the science – and at times preferring to pass the whole thing off as a foreign conspiracy. Mr Trump remains the sole head of state who denies the reality of climate change. Americans need to put pressure on Trump to address these issues instead of beefing up his cabinet with members who profit from production and exporting of coal, oil and gas ( while ignoring sources of renewable energy).It seems like other nations will need to lead the way and use every diplomatic and economic tool at their disposal to compel the US to act.

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The adverse effects of global climate change include more extreme weather, growing food insecurity, loss of plant life, and rising sea levels. If we do not do something to combat it, the world may be doomed as many predict.

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Earth is Our Home—Let's Protect It | National Geographic

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This video (below) had a deep impact on me several years ago. It is still relevant today, more so in fact.

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Stephanie

What do i think we should do to save the world is get rid of racism. Teach love in children classes and respect values. Suppressing people is not the answer!!!

How would this help save the world?

People will be more knowledgeable about how they treat people. They will also have no choice but to treat people with respect and how they would like to be treated. There should be a law to prohibit Racism.

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John 

On behalf of Mickhail Gorbachev, as reported in Time IDEAS. Mikhail Gorbachev was the president of the Soviet Union and is the author of The New Russia.

"When I became the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, I felt during my very first meetings with people that what worried them the most was the problem of war and peace. Do everything in order to prevent war, they said.
By that time, the superpowers had accumulated mountains of weapons; military build-up plans called for “space combat stations,” “nuclear-powered lasers,” “kinetic space weapons” and similar inventions. Thank God, in the end none of them were built. What is more, negotiations between the U.S.S.R. and the United States opened the way to ending the nuclear arms race. We reached agreement with one of the most hawkish U.S. presidents, Ronald Reagan, to radically reduce the arsenals.
Today, those achievements are in jeopardy. More and more, defense planning looks like preparation for real war amid continued militarization of politics, thinking and rhetoric.
The National Security Strategy and Nuclear Posture Review published by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration in February orients U.S. foreign policy toward “political, economic, and military competitions around the world” and calls for the development of new, “more flexible” nuclear weapons. This means lowering the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons even further.
Against this backdrop, Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his recent address to the Federal Assembly, announced the development in Russia of several new types of weapons, including weapons that no country in the world yet possesses.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, published in Chicago, set the symbolic Doomsday Clock half a minute closer to “Midnight” in January. As the scientists see it, we are now within two minutes of a global catastrophe. The last time this level of danger was recorded in 1953.
The alarm that people feel today is fully justified.
How should we respond to this new round of militarization?
Above all, we must not give up; we must demand that world leaders return to the path of dialogue and negotiations.
The primary responsibility for ending the current dangerous deadlock lies with the leaders of the United States and Russia. This is a responsibility they must not evade, since the two powers’ arsenals are still outsize compared to those of other countries.
But we should not place all our hopes on the presidents. Two persons cannot undo all the roadblocks that it took years to pile up. We need dialog at all levels, including mobilization of the efforts of both nations’ expert communities. They represent an enormous pool of knowledge that should be used in the interest of peace.
Things have come to a point where we must ask: Where is the United Nations? Where is its Security Council, its Secretary General? Isn’t it time to convene an emergency session of the General Assembly or a meeting of the Security Council at the level of heads of state? I am convinced that the world is waiting for such an initiative.
There is no doubt in my mind that the vast majority of people both in Russia and in the United States will agree that war cannot be a solution to problems. Can weapons solve the problems of the environment, terrorism or poverty? Can they solve domestic economic problems?
We must remind the leaders of all nuclear powers of their commitment under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to negotiate reductions and eventually the elimination of nuclear weapons. Their predecessors signed that obligation, and it was ratified by the highest levels of their government. A world without nuclear weapons: There can be no other final goal.
However dismal the current situation, however depressing and hopeless the atmosphere may seem, we must act to prevent the ultimate catastrophe. What we need is not the race to the abyss but a common victory over the demons of war."

How would this help save the world?

I feel this thinking is CRITICAL to our survival in that, if there were a nuclear war, there is no turning back the clock. Earth, as we know it, would be either completely ruined, or vastly destroyed. Not to mention the billion or so humans who would be directly affected.

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I would like to see a massive "Question of the Week" campaign, where 52 questions, one per week, become part of American (world) culture.

How would this help save the world?

Each week this forum would engage many thinkers/doers in a shared vision for the future and create what Elon Musk has called "collective enlightenment."


We live in a world build on match sticks.

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