Tag: poverty

  • Why isn’t Israel Folau selling his possessions to give to the poor?

    Why isn’t Israel Folau selling his possessions to give to the poor?

    An Australian football player lost his job with Rugby Australia recently because of comments he made on Instagram. Before I disclose what these comments were, it’s worth pointing out that an employer is free to dismiss employees who break their employment contract provided the contract is legal and I would be surprised if Rugby Australia’s […]

  • Do animal rights activists care more for animals than humans?

    Some people think that those who advocate for animal rights care more about non-human animals than human animals. That’s not true at all. The ethicist, Peter Singer, who wrote Animal Liberation back in 1975 thinks we rich people ought to donate 10% of our salary to the world’s poor. He gives around a quarter of his own […]

  • How to fund several manned missions to Mars

    I watched this talk given by Exeter College student, Beth Barnes, a couple of months ago and it’s so good it needs to be shared. It’s only 6 minutes but very powerful and thought-provoking. It has nothing really to do with missions to Mars although she does mention this in her talk. It’s about a movement called effective […]

  • Explaining charity to kids

    The schools here have regular fundraising for various different charities. I quite like this as I think it’s good for children to learn about donating to those in need. This week they’ve been asked to donate a pound to a charity in Africa but Daniel questioned this. “I don’t want to give them something if […]

  • The Life You Can Save

    Whenever I find myself debating right and wrong, I wonder what Peter Singer would say. He’s the most rational thinker on the planet, in my opinion, and so I will sometimes say to myself, “What would Peter Singer do in this situation?”. For those who’ve never heard of him, he’s an Australian philosopher, the Ira W. […]

  • The river of myths

    I discovered this clip yesterday. It’s a very clever and visual illustration of the incredible progress made by “developing” countries in saving the lives of children. It’s delivered by Hans Gosling – Swedish medical doctor, academic, statistician and cofounder of Gapminder. There are more world trends presented in a similarly compelling way at Gapminder.

  • My plan for our planet

    There are expected to be 9 billion people on this planet by the year 2050. I may be one of them. Without sounding too much like a brainless beauty-pageant entrant, I hope that one day, we might see an end to world poverty. But is this view inconsistent with the part of me that also […]