Becoming an Active Global Citizen

By: Kaitlyn and Sarah

We are all global citizens. And we’re all active global citizens. We are affecting the world around us with our actions and our words, whether we realize our power or not. It’s important to recognize the power that we have. Sometimes we forget our influence in the world and oftentimes we are disconnected from the world around us. Let’s be honest, not all of us are well educated about the happenings of other countries or even our country for that matter.

But it’s vital that we become and stay educated. It’s key that we are aware of current events, politics and of people all around the world.

We are a global community. We need to start taking an active and participating role in it.

That sounds super overwhelming, we know. But it’s easier than you might think. Here’s a list of how to start becoming an active global citizen.

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1. Watch the news. It’s up to you what station you watch and when. We would stick with the more un-biased news sources to really get the facts that you need. It’s as easy as just having the news on in the background as you get ready in the morning.

2. Read the newspaper. Reading a whole newspaper takes a long time, especially if you’re reading The New York Times (which we highly recommend as the greatest news source in all the land). But even just reading the headlines is a good start to becoming educated about what’s happening in the world. If the headline looks interesting, read the lead of the story. The quick facts of everything you need to know should be in the first two paragraphs.

3. Follow news sources on Twitter. It’s even quicker than reading headlines. And it’s automatically there in your Twitter feed every day.

4. Look at photos. If words aren’t really your thing, it’s true what they say about photos: they say a thousand words, but you don’t have to read them. Photos are powerful and oftentimes more powerful than words (especially when it comes to photojournalism).  Every day the NYT “Lens” blog has a slideshow of “Pictures of the Day” where there are pictures from all around the world. You learn a lot in a short period of time.

5. Have conversations. The most most most important thing that you can do is have conversations with people regarding current events, politics, etc. This is where you learn the most. Go and have these conversations. They will be some of the best conversations you will ever have.

We have the power to positively influence the world around us. The world is a small place and our actions influence everything. Let's become educated and passionate about the world around us and know that we can make the world a better place. It's time to take the first step.

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We're Sarah and Kaitlyn, roommates from Milwaukee who started this blog to promote creativity and life.
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