A Global Citizen: The Development World Traveller

A global citizen is not someone who has visa to travel to different countries of the world or a frequent traveller or flier or possesses nationalities to different countries. There are people who have travelled round the world but this achievement does not make them global citizens. 

The Global Citizen Initiative defines a global citizen as 'someone who identifies with being part of an emerging world community and whose actions contribute to building this community's values and practices'. A global citizen is interested in global issues and seeks to intervene by finding  solutions to some these issues through local actions. A global citizen 'thinks globally and acts locally'. 
For example, poverty is one of the global issues facing the world today. More than 3 billion people, who make up almost half the world's population live on less than $2.50 a day. Poverty
is an issue of concern around the world. A global citizen is not only worrried about the level of poverty in the world but seeks to find means through involvement in interventions that will contribute to reducing poverty amongst the vilnerable in their communities. A global citizen  will always first start being involved and engaged locally to support communities.

A global citizen does not sit to wait for the government to act but seeks for ways to complement the efforts of the government in solving community problems. A global citizen is aware that the capacity of the government is limited hence, the need to work as a team within communities to sloving community problems.
To be a global citizen, you could start by joining groups that interest you. Groups that are involved in taking community actions and making impact around the world. You could look up 'Global Citizens' on facebook to join the group and be linked to thousands of people around the world making global impact. A global citizen is interested in global development and social and economic impact.

Are you already a global citizen? What action are you taking in your community or in communities? How much impact are you making in communities? Feel free to share with us. Let us all be the change we want to see in the world - it begins with you and I. Be a development world traveller making impact around the world!

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