By Stuart Clark
The goal is to make individuals think of themselves as global citizens first. Thinking “global citizen first” will change your frame of mind when campaigning for climate issues or human rights, as you will see yourself as instructing your national government instead of asking. This new frame of mind will make a big difference.
Challenges and Opportunities that Stem from the Coronavirus Pandemic
The pandemic has shown us how much can be achieved in the face of adversity when global collaboration takes place, as we can see in the work of the scientists creating the vaccines. It has shown what some populations are prepared to forfeit and endure for the good of their communities. And for the developed countries it has shown that their vast potential wealth can be used to bail out their economies and secure many people’s livelihoods. For Europe and the US in particular, their potential to borrow at such low interest rates means it made sense to borrow heavily to preserve jobs and industries. The analysis of the various approaches will continue for a long time, but it is clear that the current international structures are inadequate to ensure future collaboration in times of health crises. We also could greatly improve future responses by making sure the developed world doesn’t leave behind the developing world in responding to the crisis.
[The rest of this piece can be read on the Citizens for Global Solutions website.]