The nine global risks
19 March 2020 | Written by La redazione
Humanity has always lived with the most sparing threats but now we have the opportunity to foresee and anticipate them, knowing the global risks is the first step to face them
The Coronavirus pandemic, perhaps, has a positive aspect: it is showing us how fragile we are and how important it is to be prepared for any eventuality. We can no longer afford to take our well-being for granted and we must all strive not only to make the Earth a better and safer place but also to prevent extraordinary events from destabilizing our societies.
The Global Challenges Foundation is an organization that takes care of bringing this type of sensitivity to everyone, working to reduce and prevent those foreseeable and preventable catastrophic events that can endanger millions of people. In the analysis of a risk, traditionally, a specific equation is followed: the magnitude of a risk equals how great the damage multiplied by the possibility of this happening. In the case of very rare events but with a huge global impact, we cannot ignore them in the illusion that the possibility of these happening is incredibly low.
The history of our planet is full of events of this type: natural catastrophes such as asteroid impacts have already generated mass extinctions and uncontrolled diseases, such as the plague in 1300, have decimated the human population. Today we are already faced with two of these threats in full swing, with the coronavirus pandemic and the ever-underestimated climate change. Both are planetary phenomena and our efforts to mitigate them are ongoing, but as the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. In order to be able to implement sensible actions to prevent risks of this type from occurring again, it is important to know them first of all, for this reason the Global Challenges Foundation has compiled a list of the nine global risks that we could face in the near future.
Let’s find out what they are: