What does connectedness mean?
Usually when you pack your backpack or suitcase you are going on a trip. Maybe to an exciting foreign country. But have you ever had to pack up all of your belongings, say goodbye to friends, and leave a place that has been your home to move to a different state or country?
Today many people move around the world in search of a better life. Many flee from conflicts and wars in their regions or from environmental conditions such as droughts or floods, others move because they can’t find work to earn money, and a lucky few move because they enjoy living and working in a different country.
The reason why people move around is because of the way the world is connected. Through the Internet people learn about foreign countries and they can get in touch with each other. The global economy allows those with money to transfer it to other countries. Airplanes and ships enable us to travel to every destination in the world in only a few hours or days.
Being connected to the world allows humans to share their progress in science and medicine, broadcast breaking news from faraway places, experience art and culture, and make friends they’ve never met in person.
Connectedness also means that things people do somewhere in the world, like in China or Africa or France affect all of us — no matter where in the world we live. Think about protecting the rainforest, fighting diseases, the food people eat or how they get along with other people in their country.
Belonging to a world community, and being a global citizen, brings awesome opportunities but also great responsibilities. Think about both — and how connectedness affects your own life.
Where is it from?
Look around your house and find out where your clothes, toys, even your food was produced.
By Constanze Niedermaier (Whyzz writer)
The article wasfirst published in "33 things to to explain the world to kids".