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Starlight, bright star, the world could really use a wish or two granted tonight.

Earlier this month, we asked ourselves: what could the world achieve this year if we had an unlimited budget and the full support of our political leaders? Global thinkers – including Nobel Peace Prize laureates Malala Yousafzai and Nadia Murad – shared their big dreams for 2022.

We also asked our readers to tell us their own wishes. And they did. Over 300 people messaged us via email and Instagram.

Here is a sample of wishes that warmed our hearts. Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.

Get back to nature – stat!

I want everyone to come out.

Humans are an increasingly urban species, and while there are many communities around the world that still live close to nature, the majority of us – especially in the developed world – do not.

What do we lose when we move away from the natural world? Certainly our link with ancestral traditions. Not so long ago, the stars guided us, the forest was our fridge and the river was the infallible way back. In addition, increasing urbanization has negative effects on the health of human and natural communities. These impacts hit the most vulnerable hardest. They are sensitive to the decline in air and water quality that accompanies our urban lifestyle because they live closest to the highways, refineries, dumps that contain our waste.

We must insist that urban areas incorporate significant green spaces. We must preserve the natural areas already developed into parks and reserves. And we must immerse ourselves in these spaces to the maximum of our personal and financial resources. Do you have time to walk in the park? Or space to plant a garden?

Maintaining a healthy Earth is empowering for children, nurturing for adults, and essential for all living things. I wish we could all spend time outdoors enjoying and caring for our beautiful planet.

Alexandra Moore is Senior Education Associate for the Paleontological Research Institution based in Brooktondale, New York.

See refugees differently

I immigrated to the United States with my family from Vietnam in the early 90s as a war refugee. We had to give up everything we owned, we were in debt from our flights to the United States, and we didn’t speak English. It was difficult, but we were able to access social and economic support to rebuild our lives.

My siblings and I went to school during the day and did odd jobs at night and on the weekends – cleaning motels, washing dishes, working on assembly lines, picking strawberries, delivering newspapers, working in chicken processing plants and many more.

The essential jobs that keep our society running on a daily basis are often filled by newly arrived immigrants. There are millions of refugees and displaced people in the world. International migration can be harnessed as an engine of economic progress as it introduces new talent and a new workforce for aging societies as well as social and cultural dynamism.

A study, reported in The Washington Post in December showed that while Detroit continues to suffer in terms of economic downturn and population loss for the fifth consecutive decade, two areas of the city with a high concentration of immigrants from Bangladesh, Yemen, Mexico and American plant showed different trends. Populations grew, neighborhoods improved, and more new businesses opened.

I want host countries to understand the long-term positive social and economic gains that refugees have on their society by investing in them.

Thoai Ngo is the Vice President of Social and Behavioral Science Research at the Population Council and is based in New York.

Investing in local health journalists

My wish for 2022 is that journalists everywhere, especially in less developed countries and those who represent vulnerable and marginalized communities around the world, are equipped with the tools, knowledge and resources to counter misinformation and misinformation about COVID-19, vaccines and health.

In remote communities where mainstream information is often unavailable, local journalists are trusted sources of health information who can address people’s concerns, challenge misguided beliefs, and open spaces for dialogue.

Think of the refugees living in overcrowded settlements in western Uganda. Without the Spice FM radio crew reporting on the pandemic, many refugees might believe that eating the head of a chameleon would make them immune to COVID-19. It was one of many myths circulating in the camps at the start of the pandemic.

Whether it’s COVID or other critical health topics, journalists have a vital role to play in translating science into a language people can understand and use to make important life-saving decisions for them. themselves and their families.

Beatrice Spadacini is the health media manager for Internews, an international non-profit organization and is based in Silver Spring, Maryland.

let’s be more human

My wish for 2022 is less political hatred and more humanity.

When I was a resident physician in Kansas, I had the opportunity to participate in NPR’s “One Small Step,” a program that brings together people with differing political views for dialogue.

I had a wonderful conversation with a local small business owner, Michael, who identifies as a Conservative. We discussed how quickly some people lump all conservatives together as racist and ignorant. I described a scenario at work where I felt singled out as an Indian. A patient told me to “go back to my country”, when I had spent most of my life in the United States – and Michael took offense on my behalf.

I think this political divide has also carried over to medicine, where those who don’t get vaccinated are immediately seen as conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccines. I think it’s important to be able to have conversations with co-workers, neighbors, friends and family without jumping to these conclusions – and therefore being closed-minded at the opportunity to have a human connection.

Dr Shweta Goswami is a neurocritical care researcher at the University of Florida Health.

Create a global network of medical research institutions

Historically, high-income countries have controlled medical research funding – and dictated agendas – around the world. My wish for 2022 is that there are medical research institutions – like the National Institutes of Health in the United States – in every region or country of the world, especially in low-resource countries where medical research is not not as high priority.

These agencies will study trends in global infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV, as well as non-infectious conditions such as heart disease and cancer, which are emerging causes of reduced life expectancy in developing countries.

Local experts will mentor future biomedical researchers to conduct projects without having to rely on foreign-funded or directed researchers – a big step towards decolonizing global biomedical research.

Dr Shivakumar Narayanan is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is based in Baltimore.

And here are some short and sweet ones from NPR’s Instagram

End childhood cancer. Specifically brain cancer. Okay, really my daughter’s brain cancer. swicksterchick

PEACE and kitty rescues. anitalazr

Kindness and love are universal motives in human interactions. drown the melancholy

Peace on earth. Always the same wish. Peace. Peace means we work together. Peace means we share. Peace means that all prosper equally. mujowakei

There would be peace in Tigray, in Ethiopia and there would be no more wars. mehretta

A 2 degree drop in global temperature. —fladda1

Thank you to everyone who took the time to send their hopes and dreams to the world. You are all amazing!



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