A New York Times article from today discusses the biggest risks and dangers that face humanity, and how the political discourse of our candidates focuses on dangers that are overblown and unlikely.
21 risk experts were asked to analyze what are the five biggest threats to the world. They stated:
- Climate Change (overwhelmingly)
- Use of nuclear weapons
- Pandemics – growing resistance to anti-bodies
- Problems with high Technology – crippling results if world loses its electronic and internet connectivity as we have “created a machine we cannot live without”
**These results matched a larger risk analysis of 750 experts from this year’s World Economic Forum
Experts criticize Trump who discusses the United States’ biggest dangers as immigration, terrorism, and crime, and Hilary who discusses financial insecurity and gun violence as her biggest dangers for the U.S. Their campaigns are missing the very real risks that face us. In fact, “Extreme Weather has killed more than twice as many people in the United States in the past 15 years, even including September 11th.”
With our presidential candidates focusing their campaigns on issues that easily trigger emotional responses, instead of issues that may appear more abstract but are very real, serious danger can be waiting for us in our near future. We need to shift our country’s priorities.