Page 46. " “During my time in Sudan, I often thought how lucky my loved ones and I were to be born into the circumstances we were "

This quote made me reflect on myself and think about how God blessed me to be born in such a family and made me realize how lucky I was.

Page 47. " Even in remote areas, there was a clear recognition of environmental threats, and it was taken for granted that such threats had to be vigorously countered. But in every case, a caveat was added: first, bread must be put on the table; one cannot starve today to preserve the environment for tomorrow. "

Humans are ignorant about what matters long term. We are only looking at the short term goal of putting food on the table and being able to live a good life. We don’t realise that this selfishness will affect the quality of life for our future generations.

Page 47. " As humanity seeks to create an environmentally sound future, no challenge will be more fundamental, or more difficult, than bridging the ancient gap between rich and poor and increase wealth and comfort for all. "

We need to stop thinking that richer humans somehow have more of a right to comfort. All humans no matter rich or poor should be a priority and everyone has a right to basic necessities such as clean water.

Page 48. " “And issues of poverty and development inevitably raise questions about distribution and fairness "

Over here Mark is comparing society and poverty. He is saying as society develops people should get away from poverty. It helps me think about this system and why it is not happening.

Page 50. " All the men on the bus except me (the only white) were asked for their identity papers and aggressively questioned. "

On his way to Uganda, Hertsgaard bus was stopped. Everyone on the bus got questioned besides Hertsgaard, which is why this seemed like an appealing moment to me. This moment in the book signified how the Ugandans felt that white people were above them.