The Most Good WE Can Do

A review of Peter Singer’s new book; The Most Good You Can Do

You may have noticed that throughout my blog I have mentioned the modern day philosopher Peter Singer as an inspiration.  His book Animal Liberation, which I studied at university, contributed to my turning vegetarian.  Practical Ethics cemented for me the idea that I should really be vegan and, alongside The Life You Can Save and a few other sources, inspired me to donate 5% of my income to effective charities.  Most importantly of course it inspired this blog.

Understandably then I had high hopes for Peter Singer’s latest book; The Most Good You Can Do  and I was not disappointed.  This book is a brilliant introduction to how you can do more good in the world with inspiring examples of ordinary people saving lives.

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Why effective altruism?

So what is Effective Altruism anyway?  What is it that has inspired me to donate 5% of my income to a charity I’ve only just learnt to pronounce, to run a half marathon and to set up an Effective Altruism Brighton Meetups group?

Over the next 3 weeks I will be publishing three articles; Why Effective Altruism? Why Go Vegan? and Why Buy Ethically?  

Now that you’ve read how this blog started, I want to give you a bit more detail about the three main areas of ethics I am focusing on and why.

This is the first of that series: Why Effective Altruism?

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Schistosomiasis Control Initiative

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I mentioned in my introduction that one aspect of this ethical journey that I am sharing is donating 5% of my income to effective charities.   At the moment my charity of choice is the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative.  I donate to them every month and recently ran a half marathon to raise money for them.

I therefore wanted to give a summary of what SCI do and why they are such a wonderful charity.

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A history of how this blog began

If you’ve spent any time here you’ll see I am passionate about making the world a better place.

I imagine that is probably true of most people.

If you’re anything like me you’ve probably spent time wondering how exactly, in a world full of so many issues (and opportunities) you can do that.

This blog is full of my current best answers to that question.

So how did I start on this particular path?

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