We are living in a time on which interconnectedness and communication among people from different countries is part of our daily lives. There is a global dimension to the way we live, the way we interact, and the way we communicate. As a result, the concept of global citizenship has become one of the most relevant aspects of the 21st century. However, some might still be wondering what exactly does becoming a global citizen mean and how can that be achieved.
- Become aware of the global dimension of your life. One of the most important aspects of becoming a global citizen is learning how to recognize the global dimension of our lives. Whether it is because of the internet, the global economy, or our love for food, travel, and art, we are part of a globalized community, and we should learn how to embrace it.
- Broaden your concept of community. It is important that we understand how the concept of community we used to have has now changed because of globalization and interconnectedness. We are part of a growing world community and we should always keep this in mind. However, we should also remember that we are still part of our own communities, like our town, our cities, and our countries.
- Understand the values of this global community. We know that every community has its own set of core values, and the global community is no exception. The values of the global community then represent the moral beliefs that make human existence worth living, including human rights, plural religions, protection of the environment, sustainable models, humanitarian assistance, among others.
- Learn about global programs and policies. It is important that, as global citizens, become aware of the different policies and programs that are being developed around the world. These policies might include international treaties regarding the use of nuclear weapons, for example, or the development of sustainable models of production.
“It’s important to be a global citizen at the same time
and appreciate different cultures and different people and different ways of life.”