The Global Neighborhood: What Can Happen with Globalization

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The Global Neighborhood: What Can Happen with Globalization (26:00)
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Globalization is uniting the people of planet Earth as political and economic forces work to create a more centralized world. Internal affairs of sovereign nations are no longer off limits to the global community, and the principle of humanitarian intervention is gaining widespread acceptance. This program documents the efforts of nongovernmental organizations such as Oxfam and the World Wildlife Fund to take collective action on issues of international importance, including homelessness, environmental stewardship, and equitable trade. (26 minutes)

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Segments in this Video - (5)

1. Developing Countries: Consequences of Debt (04:53)
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Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are on a quest for an international culture of accountability in both industrialized and developing worlds. Many poor countries suffer under crushing debts while government officials profit and the military expands.

2. Flawed World Economic System (03:05)

Overall, industrialized nations in the northern hemisphere have not empowered developing nations to stand up for themselves. Their voices must be heard in the global community. Over 22 million petitioners call for cancellation of debts of all developing nations.

3. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) (05:32)

NGOs play a key role in issues of environmental degradation. The largest conservation organization in the world, the WWF has conservation efforts in 96 countries. Conservation is often the loser when poor countries have to use their natural resources to attract international investors.

4. Consumers: Green Products and Fair Trade Products (04:37)

In the Amazon rain forest in Peru, the WWF works to balance the needs of local economies with its own global vision. Consumers "vote" with their dollars, demanding green products and supporting farmers in developing countries by demanding fair trade products.

5. TransFair: Fair Trade (05:33)

In Ecuador, the world's largest banana producer, growers usually live in abject poverty while the middle man keeps the lion's share of profits. TransFair gives growers the opportunity to have direct access to consumers and receive fair pay for their products.

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