What do you think the most pressing problems in the world today?
The results come from the World Economic Forum’s annual survey, which was given to more than 31,000 18-to-35-year-olds across 186 countries.These are the top-10 most concerning world issues, according to millennials.
10. Lack of economic opportunity and employment (12.1%)
9. Safety / security / wellbeing (14.1%)
8. Lack of education (15.9%)
7. Food and water security (18.2%)
6. Government accountability and transparency / corruption (22.7%)
5. Religious conflicts (23.9%)
4. Poverty (29.2%)
3. Inequality (income, discrimination) (30.8%)
2. Large scale conflict / wars (38.9%)
1. Climate change / destruction of nature (48.8%)
Source Business Insiders.
From the above data we all agree that Environment and climate change is the biggest concern and we all believe climate change is the most serious issue affecting the world today. But yet we are not using the natural resources responsibly also steadily generating more and more waste over the years, filling our landfills and depleting the environment.
While the Earth is facing tremendous problems such as poverty, economic and gender inequality,deteriorating environment, uneven growth. Lack of enough resources to meet the need of the population etc. Specially for developing countries such as India there is a huge income disparity between the people, sizeable number of people are living below poverty line. Formal jobs make a very small fraction. and population is growing so we need a sustainable.
No matter what you think the world’s biggest issues are, you are unlikely to think of every day choices you make as a consumer as either a problem or a solution. Yet ethical, sustainable choices can actually help address many of these issues in ways you may not expect.
WHAT DOES ETHICAL CONSUMPTION MEAN?
Simply put, Ethical Consumption is about making the connections between a product, where that product originated and in what context it has been produced. It requires YOU to think before you shop, to consider just how your lifestyle affects other people and communities. This can encompass a whole host of business and production practices aimed at treating the workers fairly and minimizing the impact on the environment.
ETHICAL PRODUCTS ARE FAIR TRADE
So what does ethically produced mean in terms of fair trade? Fair Trade is a global movement to promote trade that is equal, and empowering. When you buy fair trade goods, you know that your goods were not made using unethical practices such as sweatshop labor or child labor. Fair trade focuses on creating dignified and empowering employment for workers in undeveloped areas typically for the people in developing countries.
These are few of the characteristics supported by the Fair Trade Movement:
Create Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers.
Working relationships are built on Transparency and Accountability.
Workers receive long-term employment opportunities.
Workers receive fair wages, and men and women are paid equally.
Workers are provided with safe and healthy working conditions.
Commitment to Non-Discrimination, Gender Equality, Freedom of Association.
Workers have access to healthcare and time off.
Capacity Building through further education, job training, and other opportunities.
Workers have access to financial assistance to help them gain independence and escape poverty.
Respect for the Environment.
By buying fair trade, hand made products online or in stores, you can support positive, uplifting, and ethical working conditions around the world.
Check out our small collection of handmade sustainable by rural women and artists groups in India.
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