How You Can Contribute To Improving The World
I watched the BBC highlights of the Global Citizen Festival last Sunday night with the total aim of watching Pearl Jam perform. However I came away with something I didn't expect. My eyes were opened to a much bigger perspective of the world and of our power as Global Citizens rather than reactive bystanders to create beneficial change for ourselves and others worldwide.
Did you know that on September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders came together and committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things between now and the year 2030? They are: to end extreme poverty; fight inequality and injustice; and to fix climate change? These Global Goals for sustainable development aim to get these things done. In all countries. For all people.
I did not expect any of this when I tuned in to watch for Pearl Jam perform.
What struck me was just how far things have come since the last set of goals, the Millennium Development Goals, which were created in 2000. For example, extreme poverty in developing countries has dropped from 47% in 1990 to 14% in 2015. That is an amazing transformation!
Here's another stat for you: The number of out-of-school children of primary school age worldwide has fallen by almost half, to an estimated 57 million in 2015, down from 100 million in 2000! This is amazing right!
You can find out more about the progress of these goals here.
So why am I sharing this with you in my blog?
Well, firstly, as a coach I love the fact that there are 17 very clear goals to be achieved by 2030 and they have been broken down into sub-goals too. You can check them out here.
In order to achieve anything, the first thing we need to do is set a clear intention to achieve it.
Secondly, in coaching we look at priority life areas and how they fit together. One of these areas is 'contribution'. This is what you positively contribute to the world outside of yourself and your life.
If you don't already have a sense of how you can make a positive impact on the greater good of the world, then becoming a Global Citizen and becoming aware of the Global Goals might be a great place to start. You can sign up and find out more here.
Thirdly, we have way more choices about how we think, feel and behave than might we think we do. We have way more choices about what we tolerate, what we ignore, what we believe in and act proactively to support. Consider what choices you are making in relation to your positive contribution to the world more broadly and what responsibility you are taking.
Ultimately I believe that we each need to do our bit to create the kind of society, and the kind of world that we want to live in, and which we want our children to inherit. It starts with us and how we choose to live with ourselves, our families and our communities.
However there is also the broader perspective and what we can do to contribute to that. Our contribution may just be raising awareness of this by sharing on social media, or joining thousands of others to have your voice heard via an online petition. Or you might be driven to take grander action. Whatever you do, if you care about this world, then step up and be proactive to make your mark and do something!
Here's a little gift for you if you have read this far - this is beautiful:
Watch via Youtube: Beyonce and Pearl Jam - Redemption Song at 2015 Global Citizen Festival.
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