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ship leaders into house, free electrical energy, dignity : Goats and Soda : NPR


First graders from The Buddies College of Atlanta share their hopes for the world.

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The Buddies College of Atlanta

First graders from The Buddies College of Atlanta share their hopes for the world.

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Who says three needs needs to be the restrict? NPR requested luminaries like Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and the White Home’s Raj Panjabi and others to share their goals for the approaching 12 months.

Then NPR put out the decision to you: If cash had been no object and also you had unanimous assist, what would you want for the world in 2023? From close to and much, together with a instructor from The Buddies College of Atlanta who despatched in her college students’ needs, this is a choice of your ideas.

Submissions had been edited for size and readability.

Cherish our pale blue dot

My dream for human variety is that individuals would cease trashing the ocean. –Mira, 1st Grade

My want is that every little one is taught the fundamentals of ecology and our whole reliance on pure programs. Many kids do not know the place their water comes from or the place their waste goes. And not using a educated inhabitants, insurance policies that profit all of us are laborious to realize. –Jane Eller, retired director of the Kentucky Environmental Schooling Council, a state company

Lengthen the olive department

My dream for humankind is for individuals to have peaceable days on a regular basis of their souls. –Shannon, 1st grader

My want is for the Russia/Ukrainian struggle to stop quickly and diplomatically. Lack of lives, obliteration of dwellings, civic and cultural constructions and the potential for nuclear weapon utilization has positioned the world in peril. The billions of {dollars} spent ought to have gone to handle local weather change and international meals insecurity. –Sarah Wright, retired pediatrician from Oregon

My want for 2023 is that leaders of all nations may fly into orbit to view our planet from house. I’m of the opinion that this expertise would have a profound influence on every chief and supply perspective on priorities. –Carter Alexander, Suwanee, Georgia

My want for 2023 is that wherever you’re, discover win-win-win options to issues. Many individuals play win-lose video games in all facets of life with out understanding what successful is or realizing extra persons are impacted than the 2 opponents. Typically merely with the ability to compete is a win. Many aren’t so fortunate. Youngsters are all the time watching. In the event that they observe us creating win-win-win options with out demeaning “losers” they may naturally need to do the identical. –Joel Stegner, retired market analysis director, Edina, Minn.

My dream for humankind is for everyone to have peace of their household. A sort household can be variety to their kids and assist them to be variety to others. –Seva, 1st grade

My want is that gun violence might be prevented. Whereas the U.S. is an outlier in unsafe gun legal guidelines, the issue of gun violence is international. My son usually tries to think about his 11-year-old life in a spot with out the specter of gun violence, and it breaks my coronary heart that he could by no means have that have. –Kelsey Energy, proprietor of Charleston Energy Household Backyard, a mini orchard and market backyard in St. Louis, Mo.

Let children be children

My want for 2023 is that we acknowledge that an 18-year-old individual isn’t totally an grownup besides legally. Whereas many people know 18-year-olds who’re fairly mature, the human mind doesn’t full its neurological improvement till roughly age 25. One of many remaining mind areas to develop controls government perform – guiding decision-making and supporting the administration of impulses. But, we within the U.S. topic 18-year-olds to an grownup court docket jurisdiction in a prison continuing. An 18-year-old can get married, get a tattoo, donate blood, play the lottery or become involved in some types of on-line playing. They will enlist into navy service and even go into the battlefield. After we let 18-year-olds assist determine the end result of a authorized case for an additional individual as a juror, we’re placing decision-making into the arms of an individual who can’t reliably keep away from impulsive selections. We let individuals who flip 18 purchase firearms. Why are the rental automotive corporations the one group to bear in mind this very important neurological reality? Is it as a result of they’ve one thing beneficial to guard? Do not all of us? –Jill Pulley, government director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Scientific and Translational Analysis at Vanderbilt College Medical Heart

My want for 2023 is for international leaders to sort out the present training disaster and the influence it has on a few of the world’s most marginalized learners. This disaster has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier than the pandemic, as many as 33 million kids with disabilities had been out of faculty, the bulk in lower-income nations. These kids, particularly women with disabilities, are much less more likely to go to high school and extra more likely to be illiterate than kids with out disabilities. It might be nice to see kids with disabilities included in mainstream training and in knowledge assortment. This requires each funding and coaching educators. All of this work needs to be performed with the enter of these with lived expertise of incapacity so their voices are heard. –Liesbeth Roolvink, deputy technical director for inclusive training on the worldwide improvement group Sightsavers

Give shelter

My dream for human variety is for everybody to have houses. The houses can be good. And the houses would have the entire assets they want. –Francis, 1st grade

My want for 2023 is a eternally dwelling (a protected place to remain for the remainder of their lives) for all of the pets on the planet, with out threat of abuse. –Susie Lipton, a pediatric infectious illness specialist who lives on a small farm in Maryland

My want is to place forms apart and take all these workplace buildings and parking garages that emptied out throughout the pandemic, all these malls which are foundering, barely surviving or are deserted, all these high-rises with complete flooring empty, all of the blighted empty tons and long-abandoned constructions — and home so lots of these which are unhoused, everywhere in the world. Present a spot in these constructions for social companies to assist the unhoused discover the companies they want. –Genevieve Foskett, former librarian, Wisconsin

Soup up the photo voltaic grid

My want is to have free electrical energy for all households. There may be large untapped photo voltaic potential internationally, sufficient to feed vitality into the grid and supply low-cost electrical energy to companies to offset the price of transmission and upkeep. Creating free electrical energy for electrical car charging stations would eradicate the most important hurdle to widespread adoption of electrical automobiles. –Rick Palmeri, retired laptop man and full time dreamer, Connecticut

Make workdays safer and more healthy

I hope that companies can prioritize office well being and security. Each single day, 7,500 individuals die globally from unsafe and unhealthy working situations. Working with governments, universities and different nonprofits, we will change the narrative by saving lives that in any other case can be misplaced or turn out to be non productive to society and the financial system. –Bernard L. Fontaine, Jr., managing associate of The Windsor Consulting Group, Monroe, N.J.

Dignity issues

My want for 2023 is for everybody to be handled with dignity, no matter age, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation or another id. Everybody has the suitable to be handled with dignity, and I attempt to create an surroundings the place that is the norm. I consider that making a extra equitable, peaceable and simply world begins with how we deal with each other. Dignity is integral to our sense of self-worth and self-respect. It’s also important for {our relationships} with others, permitting us to be seen and revered for who we’re. –Immy Mulekatete, communications fanatic with the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Workplace in Rwanda.

Gisele Grayson and Carmen Drahl are freelance editors. Due to Miriam Kshensky Arensberg and Celest Samas, 1st grade lecturers at The Buddies College of Atlanta, and to all people who submitted a want.


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