Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m here to give you a brief speech about “Globalisation – chance or threat”.
We, as young people are the ones who are most confronted of all with the task of globalisation. From the beginning of our lives we lived in a globalised world, and it certainly won’t change. Because of this, most of us don’t even recognize it, when we are seeing or experiencing globalisation. Just look at your clothes: Independent from where you are, you’re wearing American, Italian or French brands, which are in fact all “made in China”. Did you ever thought about this when you bought your clothes?
It is the same with your food. You eat Spanish tomatoes, German apples and salad from the Netherlands.
Or to say it in one sentence: Everybody does what he can do best!
Or cheapest… And this is the other side of globalisation: We’re supporting child labour, sweat shops and exploitation of labour. Of course we don’t want this and most of the time we aren’t aware of it. But it is just impossible for a European brand to guarantee that its products are produced according to western standards. Of course you can tell your business associates that you want the workers to be treated with respect. But who knows what happens some 20 000 kilometres away if you’re back home?
This is the big threat of globalisation: Can we go on trying to create a better world if we keep undermining our own social standards in the way we are doing right now?
This, Ladies and Gentlemen, is our big task, and I’m counting on all of you to help solving it