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Globalization and the Neighborhood

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Globalization is a fairly new phenomenon. The whole world is becoming a so called global village.
Although the roots to situation of today is actually the result of a human attitude, always to be moving on.
Modern science, tells us, that the Cradle Humankind lies in Africa.

Some several ten-thousand years ago mankind started to move and the result is the highly populated world. If not to call it a overpopulated world.

History tells us about conquests of areas which are unparalleled today.
Be it the Empires of the Romans, Alexander the Great or Djingis Khan. Many people were following the armies or were displaced.

In the 15. century the Americas were discovered by Christopher Columbus. Never mind, that some claim, it was discovered much earlier by the Vikings and even by the ancient Egyptians. If this were true it would just prove our point.

The immigrants, either voluntarily or by force (slaves) to the Americas has to be counted by the millions.

Of course globalization, as every era has it’s specific shortcomings. Just as the Steam era caused a lot of environmental
damages. Many trees were cut to fire up the engines, also coal was used which polluted the air, nature was also
damaged in order to lay the tracks of the trains.

The shortcomings of the Globalization is outsourcing of jobs from the 1. World to the 3. World, because there the wages are
much lower. The other bad side of this practice is that the emerging countries just see the growth rate and disregard
ecological necessities. And the so called developed countries do not care much about it, since the low prices of the products are the main incentive for the business men.

The present situation resembles a little the the steam era. Whoever stood against the Steam just got rolled over by it!
Just as the steam era couldn’t be stopped, also the tendencies to the Globalization can’t be stopped.

This can’t be all to it. The Globalization needs a counter, so that global society can maintain a healthy balance.
This counter balance is the neighborhood!
From the big to the small.
The whole of Nesseq is about what could be done by the citizens in their own neighborhood. Be it to establish a Loan Guaranty Fund, a Communal Co-operative, a  TOTEM System, Vegetarian restaurants or a Ultra Light City Vehicle manufacture, there  are many possibilities which have to be just exploited!

The neighborhood is a cell in the organism city!

(Picture courtesy of NASA)

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  1. Rosetta Marco

    Solid blog. I got a lot of effective data. I’ve been watching this technology for awhile. It’s intriguing how it keeps changing, yet some of the core components stay the same.

  2. Nancy Chung

    Global warming, however, puts a kink in this new global utopia because it demands that we also include the costs of externalities the carbon dioxide emitted from shipping and flying goods all over the globe goods that could easily be produced much closer to the point of consumption.

    It may be marvelous to text message your colleague in Bangalore, but from a CO2 perspective, it’s folly to fly fresh raspberries from Chile to California. And under current trade policies, we will import the next wave of high-efficiency light bulbs to save energy while wasting some of the gain on the carbon used to transport them here from around the globe.

  3. Les Leopold

    Globalization is to global warming what warm water in the Gulf of Mexico waters was to Hurricane Katrina. And, unless we wisely limit rapidly accelerating global trade, we will see equally disastrous and deadly results worsening global warming and a continued chemical poisoning of our world.

    The subtext of the messaging is clear: globalization is our fate, and there are no effective controls. Only a foolish Luddite would stand in its way, we are told.

  4. Mohammed Senior

    Great Article Mr. Max, but though .. climate change is a global problem, people are not all equally responsible for causing it. The industrialised nations, representing less than 20% of the world’s population, account for nearly 90% of annual GHG emissions over the last century, largely through the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas). When they signed the UN Climate Change Convention at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, industrialised countries committed themselves to stabilising their emission levels by the year 2000.

    Except for a few countries such as Germany and the UK, most of them will not meet this target – current projections are for a continuous increase well into the next century.

    Emission levels from countries of the economic South are rising rapidly as they pursue development to meet the basic needs of their people. This places even greater responsibility on industrialised nations to work toward drastic reductions in their emissions in order for the global total to fall.

    This points to one of the basic ethical dimensions of the climate change issue in the context of the global community. We must make a distinction between the luxury emissions of the rich’ and the survival emissions of the poor’. The energy-intensive consumer lifestyles of many people in industrialised countries (and elites in developing nations) are responsible for disturbing the atmospheric balance and threatening the world with major climatic disruption.

    Northern consumption-oriented lifestyles and economies cannot be considered to carry the same ethical priority as Southern development strategies to provide food, water, electricity, health care, education, etc.

    • Admin (Max)

      Dear Mohammed Senior, I did not mean that every one is equally responsible for the Climate Change.
      The main task of Nesseq is to show people, what everyone of us can do in order to fight the Climate Change.

  5. Dr. David G. Hall Kanan

    climate change is a global issue. The composition of the atmosphere which surrounds the planet is altering as a result of the emissions of tonnes of polluting gases (called greenhouse gases – GHGs) from industry, transportation, agriculture and consumer practices. With this thickening blanket of gases, the atmosphere is gradually warming. The entire planet will be affected by the climatic changes and impacts which are predicted e.g. increased droughts and floods, rising sea-levels, more extreme temperatures, etc.

  6. Chung Eshom

    Hey Maxosh …….
    muchos gracis for the last new post.

    Man i just love your site.

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