Mary Robinson provides a good, short explanation of how corporate globalization is destroying the livelihoods of communities and individuals. However, she doesn't tell us much about solutions to these problems. Robinson seems to want to rely on governments and corporations to fix a problem that they've created. I'm pretty pessimistic about the willingness of either group to hear concerns about poverty, pollution, and other problems that stem from corporate globalization. I'm not suggesting we quit pressuring these groups, but there are other things we can do that make an impact right now. We can examine our own patterns of consumption. Where were our clothes made? Where did our last meal come from? If we're relying on big corporations for basic needs, it's likely that someone was exploited for ultra-cheap labour to make our stuff, and it's likely that a ton of pollution was created by the decentralized production network that corporations rely on to produce goods. We can create alternatives to this: buy used clothing, set up clothing swaps with friends, start growing our own food, buy from local farmers. These practices challenge corporate globalization DIRECTLY, by setting up new ways to get what we need. They also avoid the negative environmental impacts of corporate consumption. They won't fix the problems over night, but they chip away at them. They also remind us that we don't NEED corporations as much as we might think, which is important in itself. A final note: this retreat from global consumption doesn't mean a retreat from all aspects of globalization. In fact, a lot of groups are using the tools of globalization (especially the internet) to share the alternatives they're working on with other like-minded individuals.