A WORLD FIT FOR CHILDREN AND THE 15 GLOBAL CHALLENGES
The following is a summary of 16 flip charts filled with
suggestions and comments provided during our Youth Workshop at the
1. How can sustainable development be achieved for all?
- one cannot truly understand who we are and what we are doing until we look at ourselves from another point of view
- need to develop healthy economies worldwide that respect employees
- better understand our connections to nature
- stop thinking of humanity as separate, superior and independent of the environment
- find alternate energy resources in order to allow natural resources to replenish themselves
- join the Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNET)
- “live simply so that others may simply live”
2. How can everyone have sufficient clean water without conflict?
- public water availability
- think about our consumption (don’t be wasteful)
- look at water conservation strategies
- waste not, want not
- by adapting the business cycle to respect the limits of the water cycle
- local efforts to learn about water purification and conservation
- use phyto-remediation greenhouses to remove pathogens and toxic metals from wastewater ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
3. How can population growth and resources be brought into balance?
- quality of life – what defines a family?
- Quality of education and teachers
- Growing population with relation to curing disease: “survival of the fittest”; is disease required to control the population?
- Maybe everyone doesn’t have to procreate, especially as (over)educated western worlders – ADOPT!
4. How can genuine democracy emerge from authoritarian regimes?
- education, truthful and from different perspectives
- political change has to come from the people to be truly “democratic”; outside governments can’t be the ones to inflict change
- democracy doesn’t work for everyone; doesn’t mean it’s the best
- we cannot be so ethnocentric: countries must do what is appropriate for their own people
it is almost impossible unless there is a radical shift of power,
or else the
- no outside intervention unless it is asked for! - must come from within/internally (How did we do it?)
- Coup d’etat by the people
Communism works for
- Why is it assumed that democracy is the right thing?
- Is democracy the best option for a country with an authoritarian history?
- What if democracy doesn’t work for that country? - just because democracy works for us doesn’t mean it works for other countries
- By understanding the historical political cycles of such a country (eg. Does the country have a tendency of dictatorship?) and working with the people to develop (peacefully) a government that promotes equality but also works
- A good antidote to bullying is getting all people to understand and internalize Article 29 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It enforces the right of every person to uphold the rights of others
As in the case of
5. How can policy making be made more sensitive to global long-term perspectives?
- establish decisive analytical standards on how to deal with long term crises (eg. Rising oceans)
- what is a long term perspective? Challenges (i.e. AIDS)
- what policies now are insensitive to global long-term perspectives?
- Take the power to make policies away from rich minorities who are only concerned with their own material wealth. Empower the people and the youth.
6. How can the global convergence of information and communications technologies work for everyone?
- Internet as an awareness tool
- Using Internet to ensure spread of information for third-world nations
- Providing information without government censorship to prevent infringement of human rights worldwide
- Why don’t we start with literacy? Critical thinking?
- Access to information is a human right, however Internet is not a fundamental right in that it is not the only way to access information
- E-peace (eg. http://www.peace.ca )
7. How can ethical market economies be encouraged to help reduce the gap between the rich and poor?
combined revenue of Ford and General Motors is greater than the
GDP of sub-Sahara
- question corporate America/Canada
- how can people support themselves on $1 to $2 per day?
- People can support themselves on $1 to $2 per day because money is not important, since it really only causes problems
- Encourage small business growth
- Get foreign investment into local enterprise
- People need to understand how businesses work
- Education so that people can survive/fend for themselves in market economy
- Why does it all come down to money? Why should how we live our lives be based on how much we make?
- How can governments introduce regulations in market economies to reduce the gap between the rich and poor?
- Read Karl Polanyi on socially responsible market mechanism
- Read “All You Can Eat: Lust and Greed in the New Capitalism” by Linda McQuaig
8. How can the threat of new and re-emerging diseases and immune micro-organisms be reduced?
- disease of loneliness as related to ignorance and isolation
- raise awareness in third world countries
- re-mineralize soils; use non-till methods of growing crops; no “animal by-products” in feeds
- make medicines and health care available to all
- disease education
- don’t overuse antibiotics
- explore and use natural and traditional remedies
- teach medicine and disease prevention according to the culture of the people and not the scientific methods of the medicine providers
- keep medical developments public knowledge
- non-profit public organization to keep medicinal cures available to people who can not necessarily afford it
9. How can the capacity to decide be improved as the nature of work and institutions change?
- by understanding the sphere of influence of the decision making process on those who participate in institutions
- horizontal decision-making
- United Nations reform to make the words of all countries equally heard
How can the
- Multilateral communications
- Round table coalition of specialized people all willing to accept common decisions
- Set up a study of democratic self-determination and how to create a deeper democratic culture
10. How can shared values and new security strategies reduce ethnic conflicts, terrorism, and the use of weapons of mass destruction?
example, people support groups which support them (such as Hamas
that provides healthcare, education, safety net on the
- marginalized people are drawn to those who welcome/support them
- reduce conflict by objective education of others’ history and culture
- address root problems and cover peoples’ basic needs
- intercultural acceptance and understanding
promote research on multiple sovereignties (eg.
11. How can the changing status of women help improve the human condition?
- accept differences of gender
- the education of women in third world countries is an important aspect in the making of peace!
- Microcredit loans to women of third world countries (elevates status of women; promotes grassroots economy)
- Over half the population is discriminated against – is that not a problem? Once we get gender on par it will be much easier to deal with other discrimination.
- In many countries around the world, women and children are forced to walk ahead of an army into a field filled with landmines. By doing so, the women/children are killed, but create a safe path for the army, since the mines have already been set off.
- We must respect other countries’ cultures while advocating women’s rights. We can’t impose our values on women of other cultures. What says our view of life is correct?
- Women’s status has barely changed. We still need more rights. The media thinks we are something we are not, and then we are supposed to be that way.
- Communication is key to women’s rights development
- Intergenerational communication
- Men should help with the roles of women because our (women’s) roles are way more important (eg. Chores, care for children, etc.)
- If women were not undervalued and oppressed in some societies, the economy of the world would be better off. There is an untapped resource that could make our world a better place by just allowing women equal rights and an equal opportunity in the workplace. (It was noted that some values which we believe is wrong doesn’t necessarily mean that they (women) are oppressed.)
- Education, awareness, women’s discussion groups, women sometimes exclude themselves
- Education about sex is key to cutting down the problem at the roots
12. How can transnational organized crime be stopped from becoming more powerful and sophisticated global enterprises?
- make corruption visible
- organized crime is often used by countries to pay for necessities (eg. Schools, healthcare)
many countries depend on organized crime to fund their
countries’ necessities (eg.
- bias affects the understanding of cultural/international issues
- refer to Mike Ruppert’s website http://www.copvcia.com/ dealing with CIA and Wall Street involvement in international drug peddling as source of laundered money for U.S. industry ($500 billion per year)
13. How can growing energy demand be met safely and efficiently?
- change the way that energy is produced. Stop using dirty energy like coal. Use “clean” forms of energy like hydroelectric and wind power.
What are the most efficient uses of energy that our communities
can use? Do we really need oil from
- Save our non-renewable resources. Use more safety/health based energy sources.
- Give up on oil and gas. Wind, solar, water should take over. We will have less, but we need less.
- Change how energy is used (eg. Every home does not need air conditioning)
- Use the earth, don’t kill it
- Waste not, want not
- Environmentally friendly is the way to go
14. How can scientific and technological breakthroughs be accelerated to improve the human condition?
- science is good to an extent, but when it comes to destroying the lives of others there has to be limitations (like cloning)
- human condition should not be based on science – should be based on nature and values (corollary: science should be based on the human condition)
- reducing the general fear of science – it is all part of nature
- funding to the right places
15. How can ethical considerations become more routinely incorporated into global decisions?
- deal with systemic violence at local level (eg. Anti-oppression network)
- morality issues – same in most religions
- reverse discrimination is not the answer
- Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s decision for allowing homosexual marriages and not basing it on religion was a good move as a politician. If he based it on Catholicism it would no longer be a national decision, but a moral one.
- By creating an international identity (as it will help promote awareness of other cultures)
16. Free thinking:
- changes need to be implemented directly to the people so that they actually benefit
- cultural rather than scientific approaches to global change (cases: AIDS/HIV, malaria)
- we need a Global Education System!!
- Throwing money at the problem wont help (i.e. government corruption, will only go to unsustainable things, cultural approach)
Why go to other places (eg. Third world countries) and help them
make peace when
- World population would be larger if certain countries did not have laws against having more than a pre-set number of children. These laws may force families to kill unwanted babies and children. Also laws of “no female/male babies”.
- What happens when we achieve world peace? Can we sustain it? What will happen next?
- Eliminating prejudice regarding religion and educating others about past/present discriminations of religious minorities
- Racism – how can we promote understanding re racism?
- How do we get countries and people see goodness in each other? What can make countries view one another as brothers and sisters?
- Breaking down corporations! And money – too focused on these
- Money is useless. People shouldn’t be dependant of it. If we actually helped each other instead of only helping for money, we would have that much more peace.
- What is peace? Does it mean no more conflict or just no war? If there is no war are we at peace or just not fighting about our problems?
The world spends too much money on military.
For example, the
- Stop allowing intimidation to be used as management tool. It is a form of extortion and musts be replaced with persuasion based on reason.
This involves long-term thinking and problem solving.
Although there is no apparent solution, we need to have hope and breed a
new generation of peacemakers. Eventually.