In an interconnected and rapidly changing world...
...Of vast disparities between rich and poor
...how can we create a fairer world for everyone?
Globalization: The flow of things material and immaterial (raw materials, people, goods, services, ideas, technology, culture, environmental impacts) across national, cultural and ecological boundaries, and the forces (military, economic, political, religious) that determine the direction of and terms for this flow. An outcome of the globalization process has been a sorting of the world's people into the "core" (people, nations and corporations who benefit the most) and the "periphery" (those who benefit less, not at all, or who are damaged by globalization-including the planetary ecosystem). The globalization of environmental impacts (global warming, over-fishing of oceans, spread of toxins, human-introduced exotic species, etc.) is a little-noted but serious outcome of the globalization process.
A critical first step is to learn how globalization is affecting those at the margins of global society.
Listen to the voices of these people who speak up for those at the periphery.
Globalization is great (if you're at the top of the ladder)
Here's a good summary of the impacts of globalization on everything from the environment to workers here and abroad. In this report, the continent of Africa is shown to have a annual multi-billion dollar net loss of income, thanks to a globalized world.
Trade—Free, Fair...or Phundamental Changes
NCP takes on Free Trade, critiques Fair Trade, and offers Phundamental changes for a more humane global economy on our Free, Fair, Faux, Phun page.
These infamous off-shore factories earn big bucks for the corporate headquarters, but rarely pay a living wage to the 43 million people worldwide who work there. Read all about it at NCP's Sweatshop Everyday Choices page.
Trade-Free and Fair
Learn all you ever wanted to know-and more-about Free Trade, Fair Trade and Globalization at links off this site: http://www.planetfriendly.net/trade.html
The ultimate globalizing threat: climate change
Nothing says we love our way of life more than we care about yours than climate change. This truly global phenomenon is a factor in the Syrian civil war, the rise of Boko Haram, the drying up of Malawi, a surge in refugees in Bangladesh.
Still in Debt
Despite successes in reducing global debt—especially for Africa—by the religiously inspired Jubilee 2000 campaign, some of the world's poorest countries are still paying off debts to international lenders which keep them from fully funding badly needed domestic programs like education and agricultural development. Indeed, the world's poorest countries are paying $34 million a day in debt repayments. Read all about it here.
Foreign Aid/Farm Aid
Trade Agreements-winners and losers
CAFTA, NAFTA, AGOA, WTO-trade agreements and the agencies that set the rules for world trade. Make sense of it all at: http://www.citizen.org/trade/
Of the 100 largest economies in the world-including nations-51 belong to corporations. And like nations, corporations are pretty much focused on what's good for them-and their shareholders. Groups that monitor corporate behavior: Institute for Global Labor http://www.globallabourrights.org/, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility www.iccr.org and Corp Watch www.corpwatch.org
Planet Earth-not for sale!
The planet is being victimized by the global reach of corporations and rich-world consumers. Find out all about it at: http://www.worldwatch.org/ and http://www.newcommunityproject.org/careforcreation.shtml
Do somethin' about it!
Globalization is not a new phenomenon-think of Abraham and Sarah setting off for the Promised Land or Arabic numerals or the original settling of the Americas by migrants crossing the Bering Strait. Today, however, the forces of globalization reach farther and deeper than ever before, threatening native cultures and the ecosystem, and leading to vast and widening gaps between the rich and poor. The United States sits at the hub of the globalizing process, giving US citizens a special responsibility to learn what it means to ensure fairness for our neighbors and the integrity of the ecosystem. Take a stand. Raise your voice. Make a difference!