Frequently asked questions on globalisation, free trade, the WTO and NAMA

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Globalisation

What is globalisation?

Globalisation is a term to explain the increased social and trade-related exchanges between nations. It implies that nations are moving closer together economically and culturally. In recent years, through the Internet, air travel, trade and popular culture, globalisation has rapidly increased.

Increased interaction between nations through globalisation must be a good thing?

There is no doubt globalisation has brought many benefits, exotic holidays, solidarity and information-sharing to name a few. However, it is important to remember there are negative aspects too: for example, indigenous customs and languages are disappearing and small local businesses and farms are being swallowed up by large multinationals. Globalisation also has environmental implications such as increased air travel or tourist pressures on remote and delicate ecosystems. Handled properly and in a sustainable manner, Friends of the Earth

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