My blogging friend George, who spends his time helping people as a missionary in Africa, defines the three greatest global problems as poverty, climate change and corruption. Pope Francis has echoed the first two, but the last one deserves priority as well. Per George, corruption affects everything.
Corruption diverts money to help the many to the pockets of the few. The poor do not receive the help needed and become even more disenfranchised. And, the disenfranchisement makes them susceptible to terrorists who take advantage of their plight.
Corruption also helps leaders look the other way on addressing climate change. The fossil fuel industry has too much to lose and are fighting a strong PR campaign and are funding many politicians to shout it down.
We need to address these three issues in the US and abroad. They affect so many other things. We could start with empowering women giving equal opportunity to half our population. We could start with living wages as a minimum. We could start with a realization that climate change is the problem it is. And, we could come down hard on graft, influence peddling and campaign finance laws. That would help plenty.