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How To: Become A Global Citizen

16 Mar 2017 12:35 PM

This modern age has made it easier than ever to connect with people, and as we continue to internationally interact with each other the more we realise that unity in our ability to understand each other is the key to our future. Here's our quick How-To covering the first steps to becoming a global citizen:

Have an Open Mind

Researching and learning about different cultures around the world will change your definition of community to a more global outlook. This can be achieved by supporting world music, art and cultural practices that celebrate connectivity to humanity, nature and spirituality.

Travelling the world and immersing yourself in a wide range of cultures and communities would also reinforce this.  

Awareness, Advocacy, Activism

Staying up to date on global issues, whether it’s climate change, humanitarian crises, conflict or exploitation, will not only open your mind to struggles faced in the global community, but also open a door for you to get involved in changing it.

Flickr | Mark Klotz

This means signing petitions, attending non-violent demonstrations and peaceful protests, raising awareness on social media and even creating blog/vlog content to help tackle these issues. This will also put you in contact with likeminded individuals who advocate basic values, such as protecting the environment and human rights, and work to challenge divisive politics.


Obviously we’re inclined to say this, but volunteering is genuinely one of the best ways to get involved in a community. Even volunteering in your local community for charities and NGOs will give you a sense of people around you.

Once you’ve gained some local experience it’s great to then volunteer abroad in a wide variety of cultures to further bolster your world-view toward selflessness.

Live a Sustainable Lifestyle

Sustainable development goes hand-in-hand with global community so living as sustainably as possible would significantly contribute to a peaceful future. In order for future global development to be fair and equal for all there must be equal unity and respect between people and nature.

Your global awareness research would have given plenty of insight into sustainable action, but examples include being plastic aware, diet aware, making conscious consumer decisions and minimising your carbon footprint.

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“The world citizen is a small leaf on the giant tree of life. They do not see a difference between the branch they were born on and the remaining branches on the tree, because they understand well that we are all connected to the same roots..." - Suzy Kaseem.

So there you go; these tips will set you on your way, and there are many other techniques and strategies to discover as you develop into a citizen of the world!

By Thomas Phillips - Online Journalism Intern

Frontier runs terrestrial & marine conservation, community, teaching and adventure projects in over 50 countries - join us and explore the world!