Big Think: What does it mean to be a citizen of the world?


Hugh Evans started a movement that mobilizes “global citizens,” people who self-identify first and foremost not as members of a state, nation or tribe but as members of the human race. In this uplifting and personal talk, learn more about how this new understanding of our place in the world is galvanizing people to take action in the fights against extreme poverty, climate change, gender inequality and more.

“These are ultimately global issues,” Evans says, “and they can only be solved by global citizens demanding global solutions from their leaders.”

“…we discovered something really thrilling, that when you make global citizenship your mission, you suddenly find yourself with some extraordinary allies. See, extreme poverty isn’t the only issue that’s fundamentally global. So, too, is climate change, human rights, gender equality, even conflict.We found ourselves shoulder to shoulder with people who are passionate about targeting all these interrelated issues.”

See, we don’t need to create global citizens from nothing. We’re already everywhere. We just need to be organized and motivated to start acting.

Now, global citizens — they understand this. We live in a time that favors the global citizen, in an age where every single voice can be heard. See, do you remember when the Millennium Development Goals were signed back in the year 2000? The most we could do in those days was fire off a letter and wait for the next election. There was no social media. Today, billions of citizens have more tools, more access to information, more capacity to influence than ever before. Both the problems and the tools to solve them are right before us. The world has changed, and those of us who look beyond our borders are on the right side of history.

Hugh Evans | Humanitarian
Through the Global Citizen platform, humanitarian Hugh Evans has created an online community of millions of people — all driven to eradicate extreme poverty by the year 2030. Full bio

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