Overeating and obesity are not just confined to industrialized nations. They’re a growing global problem. Mexico is rated second in the OECD's latest data on obesity. Now the country’s government is taking action. Also, we look at how Taiwan is turning to renewable energy and counting on wind power as it tries to move away from its reliance on nuclear power and fossil fuels.
Taiwan's massive energy consumption is fed largely by imported fossil fuels. Statistically the island nation is responsible for one percent of the worldwide CO2 emissions. Now Taiwan wants to break with tradition and instead use something the island has in abundance: wind.
Climate protection has been declared a "pillar of national development” in Taiwan and the Taipei government has set an ambitious goal of installing 1,000 onshore and offshore wind turbines by 2025.
After centuries of being discriminated against and marginalized, most Aborigines still suffer the lowest living standards in the country. The Australian constitution doesn’t even recognize the Aborigines as its indigenous population.
But compared with the white population, the discrepancies go much further: Aborigines have a much lower life expectancy; they’re more likely to drop out of education and more likely to end up in prison. Now programs are being put in place to promote education and integration and ensure that the language, art and cultural legacy of Australia’s indigenous people are protected.
Obesity has long been a global problem. But the numbers of obese people are growing not only in industrialized countries but also many threshold nations as well. Around a third of Mexico’s population is considered obese.
The highest obesity rate appears to be among young people aged between 12 and 20. The consequences of obesity are starting to have a serious impact on the country’s health spending. Now the Mexican government is hoping a major campaign will have a positive effect on people’s eating habits.
We go to Nicaragua this week in our series Young Global Leaders. Felix Maradiaga fled his native Nicaragua during the civil war. On his return he found his country in tatters.
From early on, he's wanted to get involved in peace projects in his country. Since he graduated from Harvard University, Maradiaga has returned to Nicaragua to help in the struggle for democracy and the establishment of a civil society.