WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
Thank you for your interest.
Globalization is the rewriting of the rules of finance and capital
to suit big business
Since 98% of the world’s people do not benefit from this power
grab in any but the short term, we can reasonably hope that most of us
will eventually understand that globalization must be opposed.
1. Talk about this with friends. Most people have experiences and
reading about aspects of this issue and are fascinated to hear a viewpoint
that ties these insights together. In return, you will learn more about
the impacts of this transnational corporation system. You will also meet
and deepen friendships with many people of good heart who everywhere are
waking up to the realization that to place economic ‘rational’ism above
all other human values is unsustainable and cruel. A few will argue that
technology will save us, or that wealth will trickle down to the currently
poor; to most of these reactions you may remind them that theories pale
beside the proven, undeniable fact that the rich-poor gap everywhere is
increasing, particularly between rich and poor nations. Of the OECD (first
world nations) Australia has the highest proportion of overseas ownership
and dividends going overseas and a transnational corporate system which
evades tax, so ordinary Australians have been going deeper and deeper into
debt to sustain their standard of living. We are going to have a
crash soon. We have already effectively lost democracy as the World Trade
Organization overrides any local needs or desires. Meanwhile our air, water
and soil are being desecrated, and labour conditions and workplace stress
deteriorating as first world workers are competing with slave labour in
third world countries.
Our primary demands at this stage are:
a. Support local enterprise
b. No more WTO style treaties
c. No more subsidizing big business, especially petrochemical/drug/plastic/fertilizer
d. Moratorium on genetic engineering
2. Copy pamphlets, such as this, and hand them out to friends, small
business people, churchgoers etc….
3. Attend local political party meetings and raise questions about
globalisation. Study more. The mass media has been obscuring this fundamental
shift in Australian economics and culture for too long. Books and
videos we can recommend are listed below.
4. Form a study circle, perhaps meeting after a nice supper together
on a four week cycle… we can provide photocopy study materials posted for
$7 (postal money order) a packet. Bigger donations would be
helpful, as we are operating on a shoestring.
5. Write letters to the editor, ring talkback radio and put news
snippets or articles in your industry or association periodicals.
6. Join groups of activists involved in publicizing this issue. Groups
we know of are listed below, not all of them are exactly in line with our
thinking but at this critical juncture we may have to remember “issues
unite, politics divide.” Older people may have more time and wisdom to
7. Support local business and particularly local food. e.g. ask
your local supermarket and restaurant to feature Australian owned brands,
and buy local produce. Create farmers markets and food box schemes. Buy
organic if you can.
Books and Videos
“Ancient Futures; Learning from Ladakh” by Helena Norberg-Hodge Published
by Random House
“Ancient Futures & Global to Local – ISEC Video by Helena
Norberg-Hodge & John Page - currently being copied will cost
$25 through ISEC
“It’s All About Money” video documentary by Chris McIlrath available
(02) 6684 5045 or email@example.com features Helena Norberg-Hodge - $25
“From Naked Ape to Superspecies” David Suzuki and Holly Dressel pub.
by Allen and Unwin
“Australia 2000, What will we tell our Children?” Jeremy Lee call (03)
9650 9749 $15
“Globalization; Demise of the Australian Nation” Graham Strachan (07)
“The Case against the Global Economy” J. Mander & E. Goldsmith.
Sierra Club books
Other Groups That May Be Helpful
Reworking Tomorrow/Australia Connects (Australia wide group connecting
people involved in future social models) - 07 3876 7031
Sustainability Research Institute (sustainable lifestyle practices)
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org 02 6685 3719
Futures Foundation 02 9247 8411
City Country Alliance (conservative group opposing foreign takeover
of Australia & advocating family values) 02 6687 5222
ISEC is The International Society for Ecology & Culture
PO Box 614 Byron Bay NSW 2481 Australia 0266791165
EMAIL: AUS -email@example.com UK – firstname.lastname@example.org
ISEC WEBSITE ADDRESS: www.isec.org.uk
ISEC has branches in four continents and has been analysing global
economic trends for thirty years. We are currently a small group operating
in Northern NSW and welcome allied groups, local enterprise initiative
groups and members. Helena Norberg-Hodge is currently visiting the US,
UK and Ladakh before returning to us in December ’00. Full ISEC membership
will be unavailable until she returns, so we will contact you with further
details at a later date. ISEC holds meetings in Byron Bay and
Helena will be conducting workshops in Maleny, Queensland next year.
We continue to conduct talks all over northern NSW and will
accept offers to speak at certain events. Our talks provide speakers, musicians,
a slide show, video and literature. Can you organize a venue and publicity
campaign for us? You will be surprised how quickly a phone tree can drum
up interested people. Please send donations and creative suggestions.
We believe the situation for Australian democracy is urgent.
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