Read the true fact, if you want your children to participate equally in the nation or international events, promote Esperanto in your country.
I took part at Rio+20 as UEA-representative. That link sent by
burungmarah is official. I distributed it to delegates at Rio+20. We also
strategically distributed the booklet "Discover Esperanto", in Portuguese and in
Why adopting a national language is unsustainable? First, because
there is an hegemonical language, and that gives advantage to its native
speakers. At Rio+20 many people was discriminated by their language skills. To
take part at the headstates convention as a representative of an UN-Major Group,
for example, it was necessary to be a fluent English-speaker, and as a result
all representatives of MGs was native speakers or non-native speakers who lived
abroad for years! A friend of mine was invited to give a speech at a side-event,
and when the organizers discovered that he wasn't an English speaker they tried
to cut his speech, because they were looking for an English speaker.
Rio+20 there was a language chaos and I got shocked because of language
discrimination there. Also, as an observer at a G77 meeting I remarked the
difference of English level between diplomats of poorest countries and richer
Also most speakers at side-events were English native speaker. They
do monopolize the debate. It's hard for poor people to have access to a foreign
language, and I'm talking about fluently use it, not at a pub, but at a formal
high level convention.
You can learn Esperanto for free, it's 10 times
easier to learn than English, it doen't privilege native speakers and so, can be
considered sustainable, as you can read here.