Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): What Should the Future look like?
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Updated on: 14 Dec 2020
We live in an unequal world.
In 2018, the 26 richest individuals in the world owned the same amount as the poorest 50% of the human population.
But inequality is about more than money: it’s about opportunities and choices too. Let’s think about two young adults, Alex and Jesse, both born in the year 2000 . Alex was lucky enough to be born in a rich, highly developed country but Jesse lives in one of the world’s poorest, least developed countries.
20 years later, where are they? Well, there’s a 50% chance that Alex is attending university now. But it’s not looking so good for Jesse: there’s only a 3% chance they’re attending university . Actually, it’s worse than that: there is a 17% chance that Jesse died before their 20th birthday .
Is it fair that things we can’t choose, like where we’re born, have such a huge impact on our lives?
Climate change and inequality
Climate change is set to make these sorts of global inequalities worse.
So far, the richest countries, such as the USA and European countries, have contributed the most to climate change due to their high reliance on fossil fuels.