Taking on the System
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AIDS, STDs & STIs
Effective educational programs and (better) access to reproductive healthcare reduces disease. Disease can be devastating, especially in low income communities. Reducing infections and disease can lower poverty, hunger, and economic inequality. Healthy women can remain in the work force, making it possible to provide for themselves and their families.
Family Planning, Education & Reproductive Healthcare
Better family planning and education for women reduces sexually transmitted disease. It also reduces population growth, which drives global climate change. Smaller families are easier to feed, which reduces hunger and results in a more sustainable future overall.
Global Climate Change
Stopping global climate change depends on every single aspect of sustainability—from alternative energy to increased investment in mass transportation. Typically these are addressed by responsible businesses. But family planning is equally critical; reducing the average size of families reduces increased CO2 emissions. Addressing economic inequality is another effective strategy; it ensures more people have access to energy efficient products and services.
Poverty, Hunger & Economic Inequality
Having smaller families is a key way to reduce economic inequality, poverty, and hunger for women—who are affected more than men. This is a direct result of family planning. Responsible business can play an important role by promoting Fair Trade and employee ownership, which helps redistribute the concentration of wealth. Since the negative effects of our changing climate impact those of us with the lowest incomes the most, sustainability and stopping global climate change are also critical.
Responsible businesses provide access to family planning, education, and reproductive healthcare, which helps prevent the spread of AIDS, STDs and STIs. By embracing sustainable business practices, they help reduce CO2 emissions linked to global climate change. They also pay a living wage, pay women an equal wage, provide employees with an ownership interest in the business, and purchase from Fair Trade suppliers—all of which helps reduce poverty, hunger, and economic inequality.
Sustainability can only be achieved via meaningful progress across the board. Discussions about ensuring a more sustainable future usually include stopping global warming and encouraging responsible business. We also need to focus on the lack of economic equality. The concentration of wealth creates significant risks. The wealthy take the biggest toll on our planet, while those of us living on a few dollars a day often have no choice but to damage it in the struggle to survive.