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What is a global citizen, really?
The Global Citizen Music Festival in New York City on September 23 is an effort to help end extreme poverty by 2030, as proposed by the United Nations Sustainable Developmental Goals. It comes on the heels of 11 Days of Global Unity and the International Day of Peace on September 21. These events together challenge us to look deeply at our identity and priorities.
The converging and interrelated challenges of climate, hunger, injustice, war and intolerance have a commonality – severe economic disparity. If we call ourselves global citizens, are we willing to face the tough economic choices our civic responsibility requires?
In this edition of Kosmos Online, we explore what true global citizenship looks like to some people who have dedicated many years to its practice. Our podcast series guest, Ma’ikwe Ludwig, challenges us to consider cutting our consumption by 90%. Learn more about the Intentional Community Movement and how groups are dedicating themselves to a more simple, responsible, and fulfilling way of life.
How can we advance global leadership and improve our existing institutions, including the United Nations? Please read Who Cares about Global Governance.
And perhaps most importantly, how will we insure that everyone’s history, culture and experience is respected and represented? The Chicago Wisdom Project mentors youth voices. We have included an essay by Serenity Hughes about how ‘mis-education’ is a misleading path that harms everyone. The founder at Chicago Wisdom Project, Theodore Richards, has a new book and we share an excerpt about Spirituality and Climate Change. At this critical moment, we need a diversity of voices from every faith tradition, as well as alternative and agnostic perspectives.
Spirituality, Diversity, Simplicity – doors on the path of transformation to global citizenship. Please explore the many opportunities below to take part in this week’s events. Enjoy a webcast, attend a peace event, go to a concert. And on September 21, let’s join hands with others in peace and ask ourselves – What is calling us at this time into deeper service as true global citizens?
May Peace Prevail on Earth,
Rhonda Fabian and the Kosmos Team
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By Manjana Milkoreit, via Global Challenges Foundation
While people around the world identify in increasing numbers as global citizens, engagement with global governance remains practically non-existent. What could be done so that people care more? A range of structural and cognitive barriers make it difficult to prioritize global challenges, identify their relevance, access decision-making forums, or simply bear the emotional burden associated with issues of existential magnitude.
11 Days of Global Unity September 11 – 21, 2017
Culminating on the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE Sept. 21st
At this perilous moment in our world, when new social, political and environmental challenges confront our society seemingly every day, 11 Days of Global Unity (11 Ways to Transform Your World) provides a comprehensive worldwide platform connecting an international array of hundreds of thousands of socially concerned people, organizations and coalitions with solutions for peace, justice, sustainability and transformation.
Episode 6 – Ma’ikwe Ludwig on Intentional Community
Maikwe Ludwig is a longtime advocate of Cooperative Culture and locally, self-determined solutions to climate disruption. She serves on the board of directors at the Fellowship for Intentional Community, and is the Executive Director of Commonomics USA. She writes, teaches, and organizes from her home base in Laramie, Wyoming.
By Ma’ikwe Ludwig, via Fellowship for Intentional Community
Climate change is deeply intertwined with race, class and gender. I’d like to focus on the ‘who’ of different roles we are all playing in the crisis.
By Serenity Hughes | via Chicago Wisdom Project
“The school that I attended was full of Black people, my peers were Black and my teachers were Black. Even though Black excellence and promise surrounded me, I was mis-educated. I was taught everything about Britain, France, and Germany: from their wars, to their parliaments, to their misfortunes. I was taught everything about White America: from their famous authors, to their Presidents, to their misfortunes. I did not know anything about Africa. I did not know anything about Africans in America, besides their misfortunes, which included slavery.”
By Theodore Richards, an excerpt from Chapter 3 | Spirituality in the Age of Climate Change
“The imposition of Western industrial culture on the rest of the world through globalization marginalizes many of the world’s great religious traditions. Indeed, even those who profess to be strict adherents to a particular faith have lost elements of their tradition in subtle ways.”
By Kosha Joubert and Leila Dregger, via Global Ecovillage Network
All around the world ecovillages and communities are standing up, as part of a global movement to protect what is sacred to them: family, friends and community, the biodiversity and beauty of nature, the future of generations to come. They stand for social justice, human rights and earth rights.
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