Introduction to Earth Council
An evolution of the UN into the EC (Earth Council) based on the Sovereignty of the Individual and Direct Democracy.
Introduction to the Earth Council RecommendationThe Chinese ideogram for “crisis” contains explicitly the roots “danger” and “opportunity”. We stand at a critical moment in earth’s history, a time when humanity chooses its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. The following public “Warning to humanity” was unanimously agreed by 1,600 scientists which included the majority of living Nobel Prize winners in the sciences: “A great change in the stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated… If not checked, many of our current practices may so put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world, that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about.” To move forward we will recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. Following is a framework for planetary governance based on the Sovereignty of the Individual. This framework keeps power in communities while at the same time creating an Earth Council where all areas of the Earth attain fair representation (unlike the current United Nations where five countries hold veto power). This blueprint for peace is inspired by Indigenous wisdom and the original intent of the UN; the original intent being united Nations working together to ensure equitable and peaceful resolutions to global issues. In the framework for Earth Council the pyramid governance structure is inversed so power is kept in communities (refer Earth Council Triangle). At the same time the UN is evolved into the EC (Earth Council). All nations of an area get representation on the 24 seat Council (refer Regions of Earth Council). WEI-CHI (Crisis) “Danger” with “Opportunity” The attainment of peace between the peoples of earth is no longer just a good idea but fundamental to the long-term survival of our species. A planet-wide ceasefire and the creation of a weapons inspection team (from all nations to inspect all nations) is of paramount importance to the peace process. And this process implies the creation of planet-wide ecological standards (Refer Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth). We need to create Earth Council to save our home, for the children yet unborn, and for countless other life forms whom we share this planet with, and whom we need deeply for human survival and prosperity. The framework for Earth Council may well represent humanity's last chance to save itself from mass-suicide.
The Haudenosaunee, or Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy; Northern North America.“We direct to your minds that peace is not merely the absence of war, but the constant effort to maintain harmonious existence between all peoples, from individual to individual and between humans and the other beings of this planet. We point out to you that a Spiritual Consciousness is the Path to Survival of Humankind. We who walk about on Mother Earth occupy this place for only a short time. It is our duty as human beings to preserve the life that is here for the benefit of generations yet unborn. Brothers and Sisters: The Haudenosaunee are determined to take whatever actions we can to halt the destruction of Mother Earth. In our territories, we continue to carry out our function as spiritual caretakers of the land. In this role as caretakers we cannot, and will not, stand idly by while the future of the coming generations is being systematically destroyed. We recognize that the fight is a long one and that we cannot hope to win it alone. To win, to secure the future, we must join hands with like-minded people and create strength through unity. We commemorate two hundred years of injustice and the destruction of the world with these words.” Stanford University ecologist Paul Ehrlich believes that the answer to our global difficulties will be “quasi-religious”. He suggests that our main dilemma is not a lack of information or technological capability. Rather, our problem is inherent in the way we perceive our relationship with the rest of Nature and our role in the grand scheme of things. Harvard biologist E.O.Wilson proposes that we foster BIOPHILIA, a love of life. Sustainable abundance for all people is at the heart of Earth Council’s objective. Sustainable abundance is defined as the characteristic of a society that satisfies its needs without diminishing the prospects of future generations, while simultaneously providing freedom of choice and creativity to all. We can move together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Those of us around the world who are concerned – the likely number being in the millions, if not billions – must link together to create a united voice and a united intention to create something better. Ecologically sustainable societies are steady state, zero-growth systems using renewable energy, practising recycling and with a high degree of local self-sufficiency, and community values would be encouraged to flourish in place of the religions of consumerism and materialism.
*The planet itself is sustainable.
*The open question is whether it will include us.
*We are fundamentally dependent upon the systems of nature.
“The full extent of the damage is only now becoming apparent as we begin to piece together a comprehensive overview of the extremely complex, interconnected web that is our life support system.” - Bernard Lietaer.