TED talk thoughts: “What does it mean to be a citizen of the world?” by Hugh Evans

I recently watched the TED talk by Hugh Evans from February 2016 entitled “What Does It Mean to be a Citizen of the World”. In this video Evans discusses the movement he created that mobilizes “global citizens” which he defines as “people who self-identify first and foremost not as members of a state, nation or tribe but as members of the human race”. He discussed how we should no longer only depend on politicians to try to enact and maintain global change, but rather come together as global citizens to make the change we wish to see, especially with how connected people all over the world are nowadays through the internet and social media. The problems that he specifically mentioned fixing are climate change, poverty, and gender inequality. His argument being that they need to be taken care of on a global scale rather than only being slightly addressed by a few countries. I found his talk very inspiring and I want to do more to be a part of this movement. I now realize that I do not necessarily have to accomplish some huge task on my own. I can do little things with the help of others to better this world we all live in. Our worth as human beings should not be determined or limited based on what circumstances we were born into. I know it may sound cliché, but I truly believe that every person on Earth deserves the opportunity to be the best they can be.

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