It's frustrating. When the solution is so obvious, the cost is so little, but the problem remains unsolved.
Take the problem of clean drinking water for example. $1/person/year. That's the cost. Maximum $22 billion for 20 years of clean drinking water for everyone on Earth who doesn't have it now. The Canadian government already spends that much on foreign aid every 8 years or so. It's not even 4% of the American military budget.
WHY NOT DO IT NOW? Seriously. Get the 22 richest countries to contribute $1 billion each, and it's DONE.
Here in China there are millions of kids who can't go to school because- in this supposedly socialist country- schooling is not free, and their parents can't afford the tuition. This is bullshit. The same government that spent $40 billion on the Olympics can't pay for basic education? Bullshit. It pisses me off. I don't want my tax dollars to pay for circuses, I want them to pay for my neighbour's kid to go to school. (And yes, I do pay taxes in China.)
Where's your tax money going? To bailout banks and automakers? Why not tell your MP that this year, you'd like to bailout the poor. To buy the world a drink of clean, clear water. To build a few schools and hire a few teachers so that the next generation of the world's desperately poor might have this little thing called 'hope'.
Let's make 2009 the year of action. The Year of Getting Off Our Asses.