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What does it mean to be a citizen of the world? | Hugh Evans

TED2016-05-04
TED Talk#TED Talks#Global Citizen#poverty#climate change#gender inequality#global issues#Hugh Evans
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Davinia and the speaker share stories of global citizenship, advocating for systemic change to address poverty, climate change, and human rights. They highlight the impact of collective action through organizations like Global Citizen, mobilizing citizens worldwide to influence governments and institutions. Emphasizing the interconnectedness of global issues, they call for accountability in achieving sustainable development goals and envision a future where engaged citizens work together to tackle global challenges. The importance of looking beyond screens, embracing possibilities, and recognizing our shared potential is emphasized.

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The importance of global citizens in addressing major global challenges.
02:06
Davinia, a Jamaican immigrant, collected pennies for girls' education, sending over 120 to school.
Global citizens self-identify as members of the human race to tackle global issues.
The speaker raised money for developing communities from a young age and had a life-changing experience in a Manila slum.
Global citizens play a crucial role in demanding global solutions from leaders to combat poverty and climate change.
Reflection on poverty in the Philippines and realization of systemic issues.
04:27
Emphasis on the importance of community-driven development and systemic change globally.
Involvement in the Make Poverty History campaign, leading to increased investment in global health and development by the Australian government.
Importance of sustainable movements over temporary increases in funding.
Creation of Global Citizen, an organization focused on long-term engagement in global issues through citizen action.
Global Citizen organization mobilized millions across dozens of countries to advocate for global issues.
08:19
They utilized music and events like the Global Citizen Festival to engage citizens and encourage action.
Activism led to investments in education, sanitation, and other critical areas from governments and organizations.
Despite challenges, global citizens have shown significant impact in influencing world leaders and institutions.
Importance of Global Citizenship and Collective Action.
12:47
The speaker recalls a conversation with an Australian Foreign Minister who dismissed foreign aid in ending extreme poverty.
The speaker advocates against parochialism, stressing the interconnectedness of global issues such as climate change and poverty.
Emphasis is placed on the power of global citizens and social media in driving change and achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
A vision for a future where millions of engaged citizens collaborate to tackle global challenges is presented, highlighting the significance of global citizenship and collective action.
Embracing Global Citizenship
16:24
The speaker acknowledges those who inspired him to become a global citizen and emphasizes the importance of looking beyond screens.
He encourages standing together as a community, asking questions, rejecting negativity, and recognizing the amazing potential of our shared world.