What is global citizenship?
A global citizen is someone who identifies with being part of an emerging world community and whose actions contribute to building this community's values and practices.
Many thinkers and writers have put forth their own ideas of what it means to be a global citizen in the 21st century. There may be disagreements as to the particulars, but the overall philosophy has several consistent points. Across the board, global citizens:
- Respect fellow humans, regardless of race, gender, age, religion, or political views.
- Appreciate diversity and the benefits it can offer any advanced society.
- View no single society or culture as inherently superior to any other.
- Cherish the natural world and respect the rights of all living things.
- Practice and encourage sustainable patterns of consumption and production.
- Work to eradicate poverty and inequality in all their forms.
- Support economic institutions that act transparently and in the public good.
- Strive to resolve conflicts without the use of violence.
- Feel responsibility to help solve pressing global challenges in whatever way they can
- Think globally, act locally