A Better World Is Here
The belief that everything is getting worse paints a distorted picture of reality. The United Nations focuses on three categories of development: social, economic, and environmental. In each category, looking back over the last quarter-century, we have far more reason for cheer than fear. Indeed, this period has been one of extraordinary progress.
While getting the facts wrong can easily result in misguided, fear-based policies, a more balanced, fact-based recognition of what humanity has achieved enables us to focus our efforts on the areas where we can achieve the most good.
Read Bjorn Lomborg's new column for Project Syndicate in six languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including Mail & Guardian (South Africa), Shanghai Daily (China), Arab News (Saudi Arabia), El Tiempo (Colombia), My Republica (Nepal), The New Times (Rwanda), The Times (Kuwait), Finmag (Czech Republic), Jornal de Negocios (Portugal) and Tageblatt (Luxembourg).