Globalisation: A threat to global commons


Globalisation in the oxford dictionary is defines as
“The process by which businesses or other organizations develop international influence or start operating on an international scale” (Oxford University Press, 2012) .
The Global commons are the resources that belong to everyone and should be freely accessible. Examples of global commons are water and air (oxygen). These are a part of nature and price tags should not be placed on them.
If we look at the definition of globalisation closely we will notice that like most public affairs in the world of today, it has business in it. Globalisation like everything else in the world of Capitalism has an economic foundation. Globalisation is about making profits, profit maximisation. Industrialisation, Modernisation or Globalisation, call it what you want has more disadvantages than advantages.
What has been the result of Globalisation?
• Green house effect (

• Depletion of the ozone layer (

• Climate change (

• Spread of diseases especially infectious diseases quicker i.e. HIV/ SARS (

• Air pollution (

Counter arguments state that globalisation is good because it offers
• Improved trade within the global company
• Countries have developed (i,e China) India etc
• Technology innovation
• Easy access to different countries
Globalisation is good to some extent, however we need to manage it by ensuring that there are minimal effects on the global commons. The global economy does not need to be in the middle of everything we do.
There needs to be a change in our mindset. We need to place the global commons in the middle of every global transaction we make.
We need to start asking the questions
• What will the impact of our actions have on the environment?
• What will the impact of our actions have on people?
• Are we making sustainable decisions?


2 Responses to “Globalisation: A threat to global commons”

  1. olalekanfadeyi Says:

    Truly to your argument, i cannot agree with you any less there is critical need to place global decisions within sustainability confines, especially when we begin to consider what else would be left for the upcoming future generation. The Green House Effect video says it all. We can all decifer Globalisation from several perspectives, but the critical question would then be at what point do we balance the scales on its benefits as against the long-ranging negative impacts on the environment, nature and our most cherished communities where Commons most especially find their roots? …. Need we say more?

  2. kpukumujohn Says:

    As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, globalization seems to be inevitable. Weather we like it or not it is sure to continue. As deevelopment practioners, how concern should be how to minimise the effects of globalization, especially where it affect the most vulnerable in society. Wherever economic development is takes place, local communities always stand the risk of losing control of their environment and rights.

    Globalization is good, but its impact on local communities is sometimes deverstating. That is why recognising the rights of indigenous people as spelt out in the ‘UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenoue people’ is very important. These right act as a safegurd to ensure that Indeginous People provides informed concent on all environmental issues affecting their livelihoods.

    Also the International community have a responsibility in all of these issues. Whatever the nature of globalization, the aim is to maximize profit and minimise expenditure. In such circumstances, the poor are often the most affected.

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