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How To Become A Global  Citizen

Today, at least 46% of the global population use the internet and this figure is constantly on the rise. Alongside developing technologies and international collaboration projects (such as the United Nations’ Global Goals), the modern age is coming to be one of a far smaller world than ever before. It is easier than ever to commit yourself as a global citizen.

Global Citizen: Someone who identifies with being part of an emerging world community and whose actions contribute to building this community’s values and practices.

Communities have been formed since the dawn of civilization around shared beliefs, interests and identities, and ultimately responding to their needs and primary concerns. Whilst international relations were once restricted to politics and world leaders alone, and relationships were too often fueled by prejudice and borders, modern developments, not only in technology, but in thought too, allow for a more open and free community. Global citizenship is the response to such changes - a way of living that recognises our world is an increasingly complex web of connections and interdependencies. One in which our choices and actions may have repercussions for people and communities locally, nationally or internationally. With the world at our fingertips, it can take just an instant to learn about poverty in Malawi, or Niger, to hear moral issues directly from those affected, build relationships, communicate with charities and to travel internationally.

Flickr | Salzburg Global SeminarWhat You Can Do

1.    Develop Empathy

A huge part of this is not only listening and understanding others, but respecting their perspective even when you don’t agree or share experiences. It can be very easy to become distant from the rest of the world. Yet, it can be equally easy to connect – spend ten minutes every day reading the international news, social media or blog posts.

2.    Donate

This is one of the most direct ways in which you can push change and assist the causes you believe the most in. The rewards of donating to a cause are immense -  just hearing about or even seeing what your money has created is elating. In the 21st century, most charities have a website where you can do as much research as you need before committing, and you can even set up regular donations. Nothing is so rewarding as the information you receive about their progress.

3.    Collaborate & Communicate

The voices of others, especially those most desperately in need, are too often stamped out or ignored. It’s important to recognise how you can learn from other people and how you can better understand and empathise with experiences which appear completely foreign to you. You can also collaborate with friends, family and strangers to lift up the voices of the suffering and share the stories which have resonated with you most.

4.    Stand Up For What You Believe In

Speak out in social spaces, both online and in real life. Ways of making your voice heard include starting or signing a petition, contacting political leaders and heading to protests. You could even organise your own fundraisers or social events to raise awareness. The best part of being a global citizen is effecting real change in the world to make it a better place for everybody and everything, everywhere.
It’s imperative that we take responsibility for the future of our world, and it’s so easy you’ve no excuse not to be a global citizen.

By Phoebe Dar - Voices for the Future

Voices For The Future is a platform for the younger generation to have their say about environmental issues, nature, travel and community.

Having a published article online is always  beneficial when applying for work experience, internships, jobs and university applications and we love to hear your opinions. If you are aged 16+ and would like to get your voice heard then send an email to marketing@frontier.ac.uk to register your interest.

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