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Welcome to the One Seventeen.

This week, I thought a lot about the purpose of this little newsletter. Personally, I feel it's crucially important to keep up with what's happening in our three areas of focus: Poverty, inequality, and the planet. Why these three in particular? 

Because they're the areas that pertain the most to the long-term future of humanity. Unequal societies are more prone to conflict, an existential prospect in a world armed to the gills with nuclear warheads.  Poverty is a particularly extreme and upsetting extension of the inequities that plague us. And given the very sorry track record for species on our planet — 99.5 percent have gone extinct — it seems to me pretty important to focus on how we can live here for many generations to come.

I believe that the more people who focus on these things, the easier it will be for us to succeed in finding workable solutions to them. But also that it doesn’t have to be boring, or guilt-trippy. It could be fun.

Needless to say, I’m glad you’re here. Let’s get more people in on this mission, too. I’ll be experimenting with different ways to grow our community in the coming weeks, so if you have ideas, don’t hesitate to hit reply. And of course, never hesitate to sent this lil’ email to a friend (or 5).  :)


💸 African tech startups raised more money halfway through this year than they did all of last year.

Startup funding has already reached $168.6 million, more than last year’s total of $167.7 million. Top sectors are finance, health, and agriculture. As funding for new technology companies grows in places that aren’t Silicon Valley, will more of the wealth spread around, too?

🛢 The world’s biggest farms pollute more than any oil company.

A new study shows that the top 5 meat and dairy farms are responsible for more pollution than Exxon-Mobil, the world’s biggest-polluting oil company. 


🌊 How to tell if climate change will destroy your apartment.

Ben Strauss of the Climate Project made a series of flood maps where you can plug in different future scenarios and see what will happen to your neighborhood. It's making a splash. 


🇫🇷 The French ambassador got really mad when Trevor Noah asked, “Did Africa just win the World Cup?”.

Noah replied. The dialogue touches on colonialism, aggression and microaggression, and exposes a real rift between how the French ambassador and Noah see diversity, identity, and inclusion.


🍖 Meat production is terrible for the environment, red, processed meat is terrible for health, and meat consumption is on the rise.

A new study shows the links between meat, environment and health — and it’s not looking pretty. How can we get more people to choose red meat less often? The study looks at history and suggests new labeling schemes, certification programs, and taxes to get people to change the way they eat. It’ll be slow, but it just might be crazy enough to work.

I love you. Thanks for reading. :)

Please send all meat-free food items, angry ambassadorial letters, and splashy flood maps to me at

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The One Seventeen is a weekly email that presents the latest in how the world is doing on ending poverty, protecting the planet, and reducing inequality, delivered in plain English. Each email has 5 parts: Recent developments; a resource; a profile of someone to watch; a summary of recent research; and commentary from around the web. It's called the One Seventeen in reference to each one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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