Why global development?
Everyoneâ€™s heard of â€œglobal development,â€ sure. A thousand times no less. We all kind of get it. And we all kind of donâ€™t. Itâ€™s the type of phrase that, when mentioned in the media or conversation, draws us largely to nod our heads knowingly as we acknowledge its familiarity and â€œimportance.â€ Yet at the same time, somewhere in our subconscious, itâ€™s shrouded in uncertainty. Most of us will perhaps envisage an ambiguous umbrella term for a collection of macrocosmic goings on in a place which isnâ€™t our country, and that certainly has little â€“ if nothing â€“ to do with our local habitats.
Of course, Iâ€™m going to tell you weâ€™re wrong, because unbeknown to a multitudinous amount of people in the Pacific North West (I used to be one of them) is this startling statistic: one out of every three jobs in the state of Washington is, in some way or another, related to foreign trade and the evolution of international communities. In fact, Washington impacts international trade more than any other state in the country. If you like number crunching: annually, Washington exports over $53 billion worth of goods and services, reaching every country in the world. Suddenly global doesnâ€™t sound so global after all. Indeed, global is local. The macrocosm becomes the microcosm.
Get global. Get involved
11.1.11 is Global Action Day. Over 300 nonprofits are involved. Jolkona is proud to be one of those nonprofits, and Global Washington is pulling the whole thing together. (Read Nadia Eleza Khawajaâ€™s recent post for more background details.) The ways you can get involved are so numerous you wouldnâ€™t believe it. Just a handful of examples are:
- Signing a petition for the Education For All Act, which aims to provide assistance for developing countries to promote and establish quality basic education
- Writing a letter to U.S. Senator Pat Murray demanding that the foreign aid budget not be cut, which is already a meager sub 1% of their total budget
- Choosing to buy consciously, pledging to learn about fair trade, or supporting sustainable businesses
- Donating to a plethora of causes that support globalÂ development
At Jolkona there is not one single project which isnâ€™t in some way connected to global development, and here are but a few:
- Empower underrepresented youth in Seattle
- Support computer literacy in rural Guatemala
- Train women in bio-Intensive farming in Kenya
- You can even sponsor a Jolkona volunteer meetingÂ at Jolkona HQ
For more information about other ways of getting involved, go to the Global Action Day act page:Â http://www.globalwaday.org/act/#.
Global is local
If one thing needs to be reiterated, itâ€™s this: giving time, money, energy to global development does not mean contributing to something far away and unassociated; it means investing in a fabric that, although perhaps intangible in the immediate, is tightly woven into our very own communities, whether the cause is on our doorstep or 5,000 miles away. Global development is local development.
Note: Statistics taken from Global Washington: http://globalwa.org/