A homeless man sleeps on a snowy sidewalk under a construction canopy for shelter and next to a building for warmth in New York City. Homelessness in cities large and small speaks to economic inequity, opioid crisis, and mental illness that our society has not yet adequately addressed. We need to enact policy programs and provide resources to help those who are homeless off the streets and back to health and productivity. Using a vignette image focuses on the man’s plight and the importance of preventing life experiences like this.
Protecting the environment, ending the Covid-19 pandemic, and addressing racism and discrimination are the major challenges of our time. The pandemic and scourge of racism have exacerbated income inequality and homelessness. Side-by-side sit an industrial refinery and docked pleasure boats in Los Angeles Harbor. They draw a stark contrast between the towering smokestacks that add to our carbon footprint and age-old clean, sustainable energy of wind that powers sailboats. As Artic ice rapidly melts, millions of acres burn more often, and climate migration increases, there are those who do not see Climate Change as an existential threat and instead deny science or put profits over people. But there is hope. Covid-19 vaccinations are underway. We are now talking openly about reforms to curb racism and address the causes of homelessness. We have rejoined the world consensus via the Paris Climate Accords. We can right these wrongs, but it will take political and personal will to do it.