With the rise of 21st century nationalism here and abroad, how do we combat radical inequality, climate change, extreme poverty, gender inequality, and seemingly endless war?
A growing worldwide movement has begun. It works to find global solutions to these and other pressing issues. What does it mean to be a Global Citizen? How do we accept shared responsibility for the state of the world? As Hugh Evans puts it: “Those of us who look beyond our borders are on the right side of history.”
In our June meeting we will view a 17-minute video featuring Australian humanitarian Hugh Evans. Evans is the co-founder of both The Oaktree Foundation and Global Citizen, the Global Poverty Project, a community education group that aims to increase awareness of, and action towards fighting extreme poverty. He has received domestic and international accolades for his work in promoting youth advocacy and volunteerism in order to reduce extreme poverty in developing countries. He was 2015 Billboard Magazine's Humanitarian of the Year.
Evans started a movement that mobilizes "global citizens," people who self-identify first and foremost not as members of a state, nation, or tribe but as members of the human race. In this uplifting and personal talk, he describes how this new understanding of our place in the world is galvanizing people to take action. "These are ultimately global issues," Evans says, "and they can only be solved by global citizens demanding global solutions from their leaders."
The video will be followed by a discussion and sharing of ideas led by Ron Rubin. Your ideas and participation are welcome.
As usual, we will meet from 6 to 9 PM upstairs at the Moonstruck Restaurant located at 449 Third Avenue at the Southeast corner of East 31st Street, New York. Please bring friends and family; have dinner at 6, if you can, but all are welcome anytime. We will start the video at 7:00 PM to allow time for discussion after.
Note that because this meeting is being held in a restaurant, food and adult beverage of your choice will be available for purchase.