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Putting "Think Global, Act Local" Into Practice

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The phrase "think global, act local" was first used in terms of changes in the environment and the challenges associated with them, encouraging citizens to take action even if their own governments or communities weren't doing so. Nowadays, however, this philosophy extends into all walks of life and all matters of activism, running the gamut of worthy causes including homelessness, animal protection, human rights, migrant integration, education, and more.

When it comes to putting this phrase into practice, it's about finding a cause that is making waves on a global scale and looking at ways you can help combat the problem on a local level. Many causes can be worked on from within your own community, and you should never feel that any issue is so large that you can't contribute in your own meaningful way. Here are a few prominent issues in the news worldwide, and how individuals and organizations are making a difference and making an impact on their countries of origin.

International Migration

The migrant crisis currently underway in Europe is particularly prominent in the news in recent years. Refugees fleeing wars, violence, persecution, and famine are pouring into the European Union's borders, many of them arriving on the shores of Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Greece. The problem is complex and multi-faceted and faces a range of opposing viewpoints about how it should best be handled. An issue like this could certainly leave many locals feeling helpless in its wake.

In a recent article, the editorial board of Bloomberg penned an opinion piece titled that "Italy's migrant crisis is Europe's problem," calling for a common European fund. It said more than 84,000 migrants had arrived in Italy in just the first six months of 2017. While the influx is overwhelming and hard to manage, some local communities are finding ways to welcome and integrate migrants. For example, in Belluno, a small town high in the Dolomites of Italy, migrants have taken on community improvement projects as a way to keep themselves busy during the agonizing wait for their asylum requests to go through, as well as to make a positive impact and contribute to their new local communities.

Abandoned and Orphaned Children

Abandoned, orphaned, and neglected children are found the world over, and the causes for their abandonment are varied. Some became orphaned through the death of both parents, while others became orphaned when they were simply abandoned in the open or in secret. In many countries, these infants and children are placed in orphanages, where they are often malnourished and receive little love or affection, resulting in what's known as a failure to thrive. The consequences of the sensory deprivation these children experience are devastating and long-lasting, and negatively impacts the future of entire communities.

One example of a citizen who saw an urgent need for intervention is to be found in Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, a permanent UNESCO ambassador for Uzbekistan. Karimova-Tillyaeva became aware of the issues facing orphanages in the country, and created the "You Are Not Alone" foundation to provide "comprehensive assistance and support to children left without parental care." Through her foundation, Karimova-Tillyaeva created what are known as Mercy Homes, where orphanages were completely refurbished and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including sports complexes, medical units, playgrounds, and swimming pools. With her contribution, she is making a difference in many local communities.

Children With Special Needs

Another area in which Karimova-Tillyaeva is making an impact in her country of origin is a foundation she created in 2004, called the National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children. In Uzbekistan, disabled children can receive from the foundation, free of charge, care from top-notch professionals in the fields of neurology, psychology, speech therapy, physical therapy, special education, and others. In creating more than one foundation, she saw that her impact could spread further than her own community, and even beyond her own country's borders. The children who are helped by these foundations can have a brighter future and go forward in life to make positive contributions and impacts in their own communities, thus continuing the cycle of "think globally, act locally."

Never Doubt Your Power

American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead was a firm believer in the power of an individual to impact change on a large scale. She is often attributed with the quote, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." When you believe that your actions on a local level can and do resonate on a larger level, you can commit to change with purpose and determination. Countless ordinary individuals have enacted extraordinary change just by starting in their own communities. Whether it's in Italy, Uzbekistan, or your hometown, seek out a worthy cause and make it your own. You may be surprised just what a difference your actions can create.


This article was written by Adam Monson for on .

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