“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words and yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!” Greta Thunberg
Greta isn’t the first young activist who came screaming publicly for justice in fighting against climate change, but she is certainly one of the most recognisable teen activists in the current climate movement. Regardless of how people reacted either supporting or going against her, we had to admit that she had successfully drawn massive attention to this matter.
To continue the discussion from online to offline, a scenario role-play; Thammasat University Model United Nations Club (TUMUN) was founded on 14 March 2011 by Thammasat youth leaders. This student initiative has aimed to simulate the constructive discussion of a UN representative body in agreeing upon solutions for the UN’s controversial agenda. More of TUMUN please click: https://www.tumun.org/
Recognised the role of youth, ThaiBev and C asean were the two supporters for Thammasat University Model United Nations Conference 2020, a three-day conference from 9-11 January 2020 at C asean.The Sixth Committee, UNSC, UNCTAD, and ILO were the frameworks for the discussion under the scopes of International Law; International peace and security; trade and development; and international labour.
Even though developing an idea to solve big problems was a great start, idea execution is the key to improve our chances to turn the global crisis around. At C asean, an organisation who is passionate about supporting the reality of Sustainable Development Goals, we believe that
1. At the end of the day, we are all human
Despite our differences whether in the role of politics, business, or society, we are all human. Working together means building new connections with people that either seems similar or different from us at a first glance, but we could be more alike than we thought. So be patient and opened-minded to listen.
2. Business is not a bad guy but a sustainable enabler
Idea initiation is admirable but we need humans to execute those thoughts. Businesses have the tools, knowledge, and innovation power to build frameworks and execute the plans that could potentially bring deeper and wider-range of impacts in solving global problems.
3. The goal is to build an ecosystem
Building the ecosystem that includes people throughout the process of finding, executing, and tweaking solutions is the key to push forward the sustainability.
We are already economically interconnected, as this world is running on circulated commodities originated from different parts of the world. The Middle East and Central Asia are the main producers for oil, while Europe and North America are holding most of the medium- to high-tech sectors. However, in less developed regions such as Latin America, Africa, and Asia, their richness in natural resources and low-cost labour abundance has made them manufacturing bases for a blend of crude materials, precious metals and oil, and various types of consumer products.
Beside the mobilisation of the global market, man-made and unexpected disruption such as uncontrolled natural disasters are factors that local policymakers needed to understand the scope of globalisation impact in order to nudge its citizen into the right sustainable direction.