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Friday, July 27, 2007

Planetary Citizenship

Planetary Citizenship

The concept of planetary citizenship comes from the book, published in 2004, entitled Planetary Citizenship: Your Values, Beliefs and Actions Can Shape a Sustainable World by Hazel Henderson and Daiseku Ikeda. The book examines grassroots people’s movements of globalists all over the world that are working towards achievement of lasting positive change. The notion of planetary citizenship encompasses the ideals of global citizenship: responsibility of the individual to work and act for sustainable development, social justice, and promotion of diversity in addition to individual awareness and understanding of economic, social, cultural, technological and environmental issues and their connections from a global standpoint. However, the concept of planetary citizenship covers a broader spectrum of issues such as economic justice, equality of the sexes, compatibility of current practices with the needs of future generations, recognition of the wisdom of the indigenous peoples as well as democracy in politics and international institutions. Planetary citizenship is also different in that it calls to action governments and large corporations as well as individuals.

Planetary Citizenship is both highly significant and relevant for professionals, leaders and societies around the world since it is the emerging movement that is growing in power, importance and prevalence all over the globe in the 21st century. Professionals will see its principles applied in their work as practices change to conform to the growing global consciousness. Leaders will need to support it or risk termination as increasing numbers of people join in the cause. Societies will move towards harmony by acting to uphold the ideals of planetary citizenship. Support can only increase for planetary citizenship as it promises a brighter future of spiritual, intellectual and economic growth and environmental reparation that will increase the quality of life for everyone living and future generations.

Leaders, managers and organizations can use planetary citizenship to bring about change in their practices. The growing market for hybrid cars is discussed and presented in Planetary Citizenship as evidence for the growing awareness of consumers to global issues. It is then argued that this indicates that businesses can and eventually must move towards responsible business practices in order to ensure success. Individuals can apply the concept of planetary citizenship everyday to their actions and choices in order to make a positive difference as the sum of the actions of individuals can certainly be a powerful force. As people and organizations adopt planetary citizenship, the world will change dramatically as spiritual and economic growth, social and economic justice, sustainable development, renewable energy sources, environmental reparation and protection as well as equality all become paramount in the 21st century.





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