“We live in a world of progress”
This word “progress” is constantly related, sometimes even swapped, with the word “globalization”, but does globalization really mean “progress”? This is the question that Ethnic Watches would like to put out there.
It is undeniable that globalization has helped us humans in many ways: it has encouraged countries to allow free movement of people, it has boosted trade and therefore the world’s economy and it has pushed investment in R&D improving our health, education and communication systems among many other things. But is everyone obliged to join the “revolution of globalization”? If not, why is it being imposed by greedy governments? Why is violence used to supposedly implement progress? This hopeful word (progress) should definitely not be used as an excuse to cause damage to those who don’t want to be part of it.
In mainstream society, when we talk about progress/globalization we unconsciously see it as something positive but, is it? We should perhaps ask those people who are seeing their lands, rights, customs, values and local economies being destroyed in the name of progress. Forcing “development” or “progress” on tribal people does not make them happier or healthier. In fact, the effects are disastrous e.g. reduced life expectancy, starvation, suicide, HIV/AIDS etc.
But it doesn’t have to be like this. When tribal people have land they have freedom to make their own choices about how they live. At EW we asked ourselves who is there to support and defend tribal peoples when industrialized societies decide to exploit their land, labour and resources? Well, after some research we found an organisation which is 100% committed to championing tribal peoples around the world, Survival International. They pursue a world where tribal peoples are respected as much as contemporary societies and where their human rights are protected. In order to do so, they have launched the following campaigns:
Stop racism, stop land theft.
Stop the con
Listen to tribal conservationists.
Let them live.
Learn more about here: http://www.survivalinternational.org/tribes
At Ethnic Watches we believe that more can be done and therefore have decided to donate a % of our sales to support Survival's vital work for tribal peoples’ rights. With every purchase, you are contributing to this cause, but we would like to encourage you to tilt the balance even more by donating a little extra at https://www.survivalinternational.org/donate.
Let us point out that there are other ways you can contribute apart from donating:
- Sign up to receive email updates from Survival
- Spread the word: Campaign for Survival
- Sign declarations so that governments gain consciousness
- Hold a fundraising event in aid of Survival
- Buy from Survival’s shop to support their work
- Follow on social medial: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram