This news should cheer up any pessimists among us: a majority of people on the planet identify as global citizens, according to a new BBC poll. A special survey of 20,000 people in 18 countries revealed that 51 percent of people see themselves “more as global citizens than national citizens.” There were many other surprises, including high percentages for Nigeria (73% identifying with global citizenship, up 13 points since 2002), China (71%, up 14 points), Peru (70%, up 27 points), and India (67%, up 13 points), all far above the U.S. at 48%. Read this interpretation of the BBC data by David Swanson, acclaimed author of War No More. Another indicator of this trend is a recent TED talk. In it, Hugh Evans, the co-founder and CEO of Global Citizen, a charitable organization focused on inspiring global action by millennials, explains that Global Citizen’s events and other initiatives have had the effect of recruiting thousands of youth into the war against global poverty. “When you make global citizenship your mission you suddenly find yourself with extraordinary allies,” says Evans. Among these allies is President of the World Bank Dr. Jim Yong Kim, who announced at a Global Citizen event a commitment of $15 billion over the next 5 years towards improving access to clean water and sanitation. And meanwhile, don’t forget to order your World Citizen ID Card from the Registry of World Citizens, the original organization of world citizens founded in 1948 by Garry Davis. The card is now available for the first time in plastic for 5 Euros.
NOTE: The Democratic World Federalists are committed to expressing a wide range of views on the vision of creating a peaceful, just, and sustainable world through a democratic World Federation. The views expressed in this article represents that commitment and not necessarily our official position.