Global civil society, civilians and citizens
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Things happen, the existing states of affairs change, problems arise and we have to decide what to do. This is true for all of us both at the micro level and the global level. Often what happens puts certain technical questions to us, as when a hole in the ozone layer emerged. In such cases we have to find out what caused the problem and what can be done to alleviate it. But often what happens produces problems which have not only a technical dimension but an ethical one too. For example, widespread famine poses technical questions about how to get food aid to the victims in the short term (and how to prevent it recurring in the long term). Our thinking might turn to fertilizers, new crop types and new credit lines to farmers. But it also produces a set of ethical problems about who ought to be doing what, when and how. Here questions are about whose responsibility it is to undertake the relief programmes, about what a just response would be, and so on. Beyond the technical and ethical problems what happens sometimes produces problems for us which are of a political nature, as when, in the face of famine caused by certain kinds of social arrangements we confront the question: How might we go about changing the social arrangements which produced famine in the first place?