In simple terms to be a ‘global citizens’ means, as an individual, we see ourselves as part of the greater community, be it local or global and know our actions benefit all of society. This in-turn gives more significance to our everyday life.
The United Nations states “Global citizenship is the umbrella term for social, political, environmental, and economic actions of globally minded individuals and communities on a worldwide scale. The term can refer to the belief that individuals are members of multiple, diverse, local and non-local networks rather than single actors affecting isolated societies. Promoting global citizenship in sustainable development will allow individuals to embrace their social responsibility to act for the benefit of all societies, not just their own. “ (www.un.org)
Since the ‘global community’ provides most of our needs and wants, this thread of global citizenship is essential for a sense meaning and purpose to life. Acknowledging, the bigger picture, we see better and know more, not just locking ourselves into the treadmill of daily life where we are ‘doing but not going anywhere’.
In knowing our small actions at home bring solace, restitution and solutions into this world gives a great sense of contribution and fulfillment.
Being intentional and understanding our place in climate change, modern day slavery, fair trade and sustainability, ethics, circle economies and seeing how integrated these are, it lets us hold our place on this good earth and our small actions is where it begins.
Yes, the big, political activism's are important, but please know, its the small constant actions of everyday people, like you and me, are what make politicians and big businesses sit up and take note, and yes, eventually change permanently.
Being a ‘global citizen’ is about taking small simple actions at home that ripple goodness globally. Its empowering to realise as you sip your morning cup of fairtrade coffee, it has changed someone's life across the waters.
Its about using our skills, resources and education to contribute towards a better world, for our children to know better, which leads to good (good vibes) rippling out, and a sense of fulfillment in our hearts…. And its all from home!
Here are some seed thoughts for us small people.
Simple actions that ripple good globally ~
Share interesting stories and good books on Fair Trade, Living Ethically, Women's Empowerment, changes in Modern Day Slavery, about Organic eating, learning about Permaculture here at home and globally
Check for good-news reports on climate change, sustainability and the above mentioned subject matter
Speak and share your leanings over a cuppa (of course Fairtrade)
Understand in choosing Fair Trade … you are exercising your individuality as a person, you are not part of the herd. This leads to learning your impact on things like climate control on how things are produced, on modern day slavery act re the clothes worn, bed sheets on our bed, shoes worn and how acting in one realm has a roll on impact of good on the other.
Shop local, smart, sustainable, ethical, organic, fair trade – be intentional, your hard earned money goes a lot further
At Work ~ inquire about Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) policy, and what the business does. Then make it known to others. In going further ask how can they grow it in simple ways … if not already doing it, a small start is having Fairtrade coffee, tea for workers and clients to enjoy. Also see where the business can help local government and community projects.
Of Faith ~ pray for the business – when they do well, your jobs and everyone else's are more secure ~ praying for your town/ city is a blessing
At Home ~ Speak and promote justice, peace and cultural diversity awareness to strengthen and prepare your children for the wider world – it strengthens character and values, giving a good, broader perspective, with ability to connect well in this growing global village
At Church ~ Encourage your church to be involved in the community in a practical way, to connect and help civil society.. to pray for local issues. After experiencing 'lock-downs' we know what isolation can feel, so weave the thread of loving our neighbour – locally and globally
In going further ~ encourage and empower your children to be open to working overseas in health, education, design, business, sanitation, disabilities, housing, spiritually, or among displaced people. Explain the wealth of resources this nation has, that can be shared with the nations that don't have. Or after Covid19 has subsided, when feeling safe, maybe dedicate a holiday break to work with a group that does so.
In going further at home ~ till we can travel overseas safely, maybe doing a stint of volunteering with a charity, as adults or kids, is most fulfilling.
And don't forget - “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
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