These are the issues that matter the most to me:
- Racial inequality in the US
- Wealth disparity in the US
- Environmental stuff
- Lack of clean water in the US and beyond
- Consumer culture & the waste it creates
- Large scale agriculture – the waste and suffering it creates, the influence it has on our diets
- Car culture & the way it dominates our cities & towns
This list is completely personal, which might be a mistake. If mosquito nets save lives, is it selfish or immoral to focus your energy on workplace inequality? Shouldn’t you just put your head down, earn, and donate to charity?
Not only that, the list leaves out huge problem areas.
Here are the three priorities identified by the folks at Effective Altruism:
- Global Health and Development
- Animal Welfare
- Long-Term Future
My list touches on Animal Welfare, but I care more about industry workers’ conditions and citizens’ health than the animals. Possibly this makes me a terrible person?
I care about some Long-Term Future-related issues, but kind of an arbitrary subset.
And there’s basically no overlap with my priorities and the Global Health and Development cause. Not much Global at all in my list. Possibly this also makes me a terrible person?
IDK. I’d love to hear your opinion, or find out what your list looks like. Let’s talk sometime.