Global Concerns

It seems clear that our descendants will look back (if they get the chance) and curse our generations for causing or adding to the world's major problems, and for failing to act when we knew what should be done.

We believe that many artists and creative people already know what these big global concerns are. They mainly stem from capitalism (nowadays in its dangerous neoliberal corporate form) or communism. The fundamental lack of Justice runs through all these global concerns.


NOTE : For these global concerns to become a global catastrophe we humans just need to change nothing - continue doing what we are doing now. Anyone who remains silent about this becomes part of the problem. So, we believe in speaking up specifically through art : Art with a conscience.


Decide for yourself which of the big issues are of most concern to you. The Summaries (below) are here to help you, if needed. None of these are the definitive last word on any problem or issue. Please note : These are not separate things, they are all connected. We only have one world.

Not all the big global concerns are here yet (sadly, there are more of them). If you want to, please send us your own concise thoughts (maximum 300 words) about a big global concern. We may add it to this page.



HERE ARE SOME OF THE BIG GLOBAL CONCERNS :
1. CLIMATE CHANGE
Our political and economic systems have misled us into a worldwide, uncontrolled and dangerous gamble with our planet's ecosystem, our climate and our future. Humans are now facing a situation we have never faced before. This is because our economic activities since the start of the industrial revolution have been pumping greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) into our atmosphere which are warming our planet uncontrollably. ...More...


2. MILITARIZATION, WAR, CONFLICT & PROFIT BEFORE PEOPLE
For those of us who want ourselves and our descendants to live in a more peaceful, secure and equitable world, the scale of the military, of conflicts and of war is both daunting and deeply immoral....More...


3. INEQUALITY & POWERLESSNESS
The main 'engine' of the biggest global concerns is the extreme and undemocratic concentration of global political and economic power in the hands of a few. The misuse of this power is having a very bad effect on the whole world. KEY POINT : The real political and economic power in the world is held by a tiny irresponsible elite - less than 1% of 1% (i.e. one ten thousandth) of ...More...


4. POVERTY & MARGINALISATION
With ‘help' from politicians, governments and corporations, vast inequality now keeps billions of people under-nourished. The tiny global political and economic elite are pushing most of the world into greater poverty and marginalisation. This elite's actions and inactions are keeping child malnutrition ‘normal’ and permanent in some parts of the world, as they have done for decades. Major ...More...


5. ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION
In thousands of examples around the world, major environmental degradation and disasters have been caused by corporate exploitation. This is assisted by governments, by lack of regulation and by laws designed to favour corporate power and profits over the needs, health, safety and human rights of local populations and habitats. Environmental degradation includes the deterioration of the...More...


6. CORPORATISM & THE GLOBAL CONCENTRATION OF POWER IN THE HANDS OF A FEW
There are numerous global ‘tie-ups’ joining those in political or economic power with the wealthiest (tiny) proportion of the world’s population. In truth, the crucial power now lies in the corporate sector and not in the political machinery of governments, whether democracies or not. In particular, a few thousand big and powerful ...More...


7. PATRIARCHY & THE SUBORDINATION OF WOMEN
This is a strand which runs through all the other big global concerns here. It is an enduring set of problems involving half the world's population, so it is fundamental to the progress of global society and has many facets. It affects every nation, and gives rise to many kinds of gender inequalities, for instance in human rights, democratic and voting rights, and ...More...


8. MEDIA FAILURES
The wealthy and powerful elites are always actively denigrating all other needs and all other people, often using press and media which they either own, control, or have decisive commercial or other influence over. Around the world it is normal for much of the press and media to demonise poor people, the unemployed, the homeless, the powerless. This has become so 'normalised' that ...More...


9. CORPORATE TAX ABUSE
Almost all of the largest corporations own hundreds (and in some cases thousands) of offshore subsidiary companies in Tax Havens and low tax jurisdictions. By doing business through these they avoid paying tax to the countries in which they operate and from which they extract their massive profits. The scale of the world's current economic problems is very large, but not when ...More...


10. WEALTH, POWER & CORRUPTION
These are common factors at the centre of many of the biggest Global Concerns. In too many countries the laws and legal system serve property and wealth, not the needs of the mass of people. Political elites spend a lot of time disguising and hiding their involvements with and subservience to corporate power, to the wealthy, and to rich oligarchs. Linked to this is the massive ...More...


11. SUPPRESSION OF WHISTLEBLOWERS & TRUTH-TELLERS
Those in political, economic or corporate power are very keen to suppress and persecute those who investigate them, criticise them, ‘blow the whistle’ on their deeds, or ‘tell truth to power’. People have been distrusting governments, institutions and corporations for a very long time. The reasons for distrust have kept on growing, as has the desire to call them to account. ...More...


12. FAILURE OF INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
In theory, we the ordinary people of the world have the United Nations to work on behalf of us all. Since it began in 1945 many Agencies of the U.N. have done excellent work around the world. However, under the U.N's 'watch' many wars, famines, acts of genocide and enormous human rights abuses have been done (and are being done still), without the U.N. preventing them before ...More...


13. FAILURE OF MAJOR POWERS
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court (which began as recently as 2002) and numerous other international bodies and institutions are also supposed to work for and on behalf of us all. That may be the theory, but these have not done enough and are too weak at standing up to a few major powers, so they cannot end governmental and corporate ...More...


14. INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE - BUT NOT FOR ALL
Our International laws and agencies are so deficient that we sometimes seem to be going backwards. The International Criminal Court opened its doors for the first time as recently as July 2002 but is still only dealing with a tiny fraction of the law-breakers that it should be holding to account. Those people who lead or mislead their citizens into intolerance, racism, bigotry, ...More...



• MORE TO FOLLOW ... and you are welcome to send us your own (maximum 300 words) by Email to : redlineartworks@yahoo.co.uk