Conference Theme and Rational

"Go glocal: think globally, act locally"

Systemic issues invite behavioral changes

At the recent Global Issues Network (GIN) conference, we placed a strong emphasis on the power of collaboration and systemic change, particularly in tackling climate change. The complexities of these global challenges underscore the need for collective efforts, which are essential for a sustainable future. As the world evolves, we continuously explore innovative practices that contribute positively to our mission.

Addressing global issues through local action is a compelling and pragmatic approach that not only fosters a deeper connection with one's immediate community but also addresses the growing urgency of global challenges, particularly the climate crisis. The current environmental predicament has illuminated the incongruities in our behavior, where personal actions sometimes contradict the very values we profess. For instance, the realization that flying to distant locations for the love of mountaineering can paradoxically contribute to the deterioration of the very glaciers we hold dear is a stark reminder of this incongruity. 

Acting locally allows individuals to reassess and recalibrate their lifestyles, fostering a more sustainable and mindful way of living. By reconnecting with the local community, adopting environmentally conscious habits, and embracing sustainable practices, individuals can collectively contribute to a global solution while minimizing their ecological footprint. In doing so, they actively engage in a harmonious relationship with the environment, addressing global issues at the grassroots level and effecting meaningful change.

In the pursuit of addressing global issues, it is imperative to recognize that within our own local communities, there may already be dedicated partners actively working towards the same global goals that ignite our passion. Researching and forging connections at the local level is a pivotal step in the changemaker process. Often, community-based organizations and grassroots initiatives are tirelessly addressing issues such as environmental sustainability, social justice, or public health, showcasing a wealth of knowledge and experience. By establishing collaborations with these local partners, we not only tap into valuable resources but also enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of our own initiatives. These connections offer a nuanced understanding of the specific challenges faced by the community, fostering a more tailored and impactful approach to global issues. Ultimately, acknowledging and leveraging the efforts of local community partners contributes to a collective and interconnected approach, amplifying the potential for positive change on both the local and global stages.

To find out more:

Human ‘behavioural crisis’ at root of climate breakdown, say scientists

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Think global, act local: using a translocal approach to understand community-based organisations’ responses to planetary health crises during COVID-19

Creating local connections for positive change

How to Create Change at the Local Level

Why we need to change how we talk about climate change