The global economy, which
sees people as nothing more than consumers, is a runaway train that is causing
more and more suffering in the world. The current 'profit before people' system
is causing the gap between the rich and the poor to grow larger each year. If
it keeps going this way, the global economy will eventually collapse, causing
widespread suffering. But there are many things we can do to change the economic
system before a catastrophe occurs.
In order to transform the global economy into a true global community, we need
to create a Better World Economy - an economic system that puts people and the
planet first, and gives value to other commodities besides money. Then we can
create more sustainable local, national and global communities.
Money, when used for good, can help change the world. Put your resources to work
for a better world. Be conscious of the way you spend your money. Purchase Fair
Trade products - products that are supplied by workers and growers who are paid
fair wages, and work in safe conditions. Support socially responsible businesses
by purchasing their products and investing in them. Demand corporate responsibility
-- with our purchasing power, we can force corporations to manufacture and distribute
their goods in ways that respect workers and protect our planet. Support local
currencies and cooperatives. These are all tangible ways that we can use our economic
resources to "buy a better world" and transform the global economy.