Midterm

Everyday in this country we are given something that an overwhelming number of people in the rest of the word are not…a chance that we will see the sunrise tomorrow. Take a moment and make a list of what you are grateful for. Sure, you can jot down your family, a roof over your head, a job, an education. All of these are reasonable things to put on this list. But what do all of those add up to? The chance at living another day on this planet, without having to really ever worry about it. The standard of living in this country is absurd in comparison to a large number of the earth’s inhabitants.

Still Complaining?

So what can we do to help promote global citizenship and increase the chances that more people in this world have a chance to see tomorrow? It starts with education. Globalcitizen.org cites that 1.8 billion people are deprived of their basic rights and opportunities. The future lies with the people who have not yet impacted the present. It is essential that young people are educated in programs and awareness in turn that will affect them as they enter the workforce in the United States or other developed countries. Because of the current atmosphere of a global economy where borders no longer restrict what a business, corporation, or individual for that matter, can do to reach somebody; there is no reason why we, the people of tomorrow cannot affect the people that will be struggling tomorrow.

Once we have sufficient education on how to raise underdeveloped countries to a 1st world standard, we come to awareness. In much the same way that a business can be a global enterprise, a campaign to raise awareness can also be global. A good case study in the effectiveness of global awareness campaigns is Kony 2012. As of this writing, 97,805,419 people have viewed the KONY 2012 video on YouTube.

Kony 2012

The campaign’s goal was to make Joseph Kony famous enough, to raise enough awareness about him, in order to bring him to justice. While it only took four days for the video to garner 70 million views, Kony still evades capture. Can it be argued that this campaign was successful? Currently with almost 100 million views, awareness has no doubt been raised. But the goal of the campaign was to capture this S.O.B. This is where the link of raising awareness for global citizenship and actually being global citizens must be made in order for the movement to work.

The final step is implementation. Before executing the plan of increasing global citizenship, one needs to take a look at the steps other global plans took. The eradication of smallpox without a doubt is one of the greatest human achievements in history. A global killer, smallpox was declared dead in late 1979. Over 5 billion people on the planet had one less thing to worry about. From the early 1950’s till the end of the campaign, the World Health Organization vigorously implemented vaccination programs on every continent. Through the WHO’s efforts, the goal was reached before 1980. This proves that a global campaign, if strong enough can be successful. While the goal is not to eradicate a disease, it is to eradicate the perception that global citizenship is impossible.

This is possible. But it starts with the people of tomorrow. So be thankful while you read this, it’s up to you now to let somebody else.

 

-HCJ

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