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One Global Family Actions

Once we realise that we are one global family, we will want to live it out more and more. We can start from where we are today, while diligently growing into deeper expressions of solidarity. Can we commit to doing that together?

 

Personal Examples

Here are some of the actions I and my friends have taken:

  • My church community sponsored a refugee family with housing, finances and friendship.
  • I love dancing, and although I'm not a professional, I led some 5 Rhythms cathartic dances with peace clubs in Rwanda and my church in Canada. They loved it!
  • Whenever I travel, I get beyond my shyness and talk to strangers by asking them, "What does peace mean to you?" and, "Are you experiencing it?" It has led to hundreds of meaningful conversations and some very inspiring stories.
  • My friend in the Congo is holding sports events between two tribes that traditionally fight. Playing together instead of fighting - how familial is that?
  • My friend in the Congo convenes community problem-solving meeting with dozens of global family members - police, teachers, politicians, community members, youth - to resolve unmet needs and constructively solve differences. True family values in action! Eventually, the community will be empowered and able to continue meeting on their own.

 

Make it your own

The beauty of our one global family is that we live all over the world, speak every language, know diverse things, and have unique ideas. Please use the one global family framework to challenge your own community to reflect on its divisions and solidary, challenges and opportunities, and ways to come closer together as a family. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Do you have skills to share or learn with your community, e.g., non-violent communication, environmentalism, interfaith dialogue, or dancing?
  • Wouldn't it be cool to talk to get to know other members of the one global family? I live in a big international city, where we global family members from all over the world could meet, but we usually don't talk to strangers. Suppose we made a sign and gave out global family pins or tshirts inviting strangers to talk to them in lunchrooms, classrooms, offices, or on public transit? To help people break the ice, we could share 10 questions to ask strangers.

 

Please share photos and details of your #oneglobalfamily actions to inspire and educate us all (and selfies tagged with #oneglobalfamily #country @crypeace2)!

 

More Ideas for Action

Individual acts of family affection come from our daily actions and choices. Here are some examples:

  • Interpersonally
    • Be respectful and kind to everyone.
    • Talk to strangers, especially newcomers or outsiders to your community.
    • Solve differences with curiousity and questions, instead of anger and violence.
  • Economically
    • Shop at stores that pay fair wages, both to the local staff and international suppliers.
    • Share with people less fortunate than you, through gifts or over meals.
    • Buy fair trade coffee, chocolate and bananas.
  • Environmentally
    • Reduce waste by buying fresh and unpackaged produce.
    • Use a refillable water bottles and travel mugs.
    • Use reusable food containers (keep some in your car or backpack for takeout).
    • Buy local goods to avoid the pollution of transportation.
    • Drivers, can you walk, ride a bike or take transit once more per week, or car pool more?

 

Communal actions will take more research to uncover underlying injustices and what integrity looks like in different scenarios. Let's share our questions, examples, and discoveries with each other so we can progress more rapidly. Ideas include:

  • Interpersonally
    • Lead or recommend positive values training at school, work, or your religious community.
    • Become a regular supporter of an orphan, newcomer, elderly person, or person with disabilities. Ask a social service agency to give you the skills and connections you need.
    • If there are ongoing community conflicts, brainstorm how to invite the stakeholders to a problem solving process.
  • Economically
    • Research and support social agencies who can make a bigger difference to people at risk (at home or abroad).
    • Research and support ethical suppliers in industries, such as mining and garment factories.
    • Boycott exploitive companies.
    • Divest from arms producers and exploitive industries in your investment funds, and ask your pension fund manager to do the same. Invest in ethical companies instead, such as www.Kiva.org.
  • Environmentally
    • Help your school, work or faith community reduce waste and recycle. Lead an awareness campaign.
    • Organise car pools to places you regularly commute to.
    • Boycott and petition exploitive companies, such as disposable bottled water suppliers. 

 

International actions are the hardest, but will have the biggest impact. My dreams are to:

  • Stop Blood Coltan
  • Make it socially unacceptable (if not illegal) to profit from war in any fashion (arms production, training, the defense industry, mercenaries). Until war is a thing of the past, at the least people shouldn't profit from it, which creates an unhealthy incentive for war. 
  • Include environmental degradation in the total cost of goods, motivating clean industry.
  • Level the playing field so less developed nations can export produced goods at a fair tariff and protect their markets from imports which hurt local producers.