Demonstration

Demonstrations are necessary, but generally ineffective and soon forgotten. However, fifty million signatures on a worldwide E-Demand/Petition would get  the attention of everyone and could not be forgotten.

Basic rules for social justice advocates, and environmentalists, worldwide –

  • List all of your concerns
  • Categorize your concerns
  • Prioritize your lists
  • Submit your priorities to a site solely dedicated to working on your behalf

What CIVI MUNDI would do for you (if it existed)]

  • Put structure and order into a worldwide demand for action
  • Create an E-Demand/Petition to your specifications and requirements
  • Present the E-Demand/Petition to the membership for  consideration and signatures
  • Distribute the E-Demand/Petition to the lawmakers in all 193 nations.
  • Give every category equal weight and attention
  • Repeat the process when all categories have had their E-Demand/Petition processed
  • Create a spread sheet that would tell the world what we want done over the next 25 years so that no one is unaware of our concerns.

 

MEETING AT U of WATERLOO RE SYMPOSIUM

Address to students for Jan 16th 2019

This is the spread sheet that is associated with the Civis Mundi plan for addressing social and environmental problems over 25 years.

First off, I am not a specialist in environmental or social issues. My background is in manufacturing and more recently in poultry incubation as a research and development Director. I ask that you keep that in mind.

About 30 years ago I decided to look at the problem of our inability to resolve both social and environmental injustice. I set a goal of 1 year in which to do this. Somehow after 30 years I am still at it.

First I looked at political parties including both business interest parties and people interest parties, corporations, NGOs, activist groups, the education system, communications, democracy itself etc.

It didn’t take long to see that all of these fail us for a variety of reasons. The reasons we fail are many but I believe that most can be overcome with concentrated people power.

I next started to create a long list of all of the problems that I found as I watched the news, read the paper, or scanned the internet. I also read every book that I could find at the library. I won’t say that I found them all by any means, but I had enough so that I could divide them into categories. I searched for headings and found that by combining I could whittle it down to about 26.

MADE LIST OF CATEGORIES.

I went through the list and put them into the 26 categories. Some categories had a large number of issues whereas others had few but as I do not profess to be all-knowing, I left this open so that others could refine the lists.

PROPOSED LIST OF 26 CATEGORIES FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

1.Air quality, 2. Democracy/Voting, 3. Drugs, 4. Energy, 5. Farming/Forestry, 6. Fishing/Whaling,7. Food, 8. Genetic engineering, 9. Health, 10. Human Rights, 11. Information & Education, 12. Land/Soil Degradation, 13. Mining, 14. Institutions, 15. Nuclear Issues, 16. People’s Commons/natural resources, 17. Plastic Dangers, 18. Population, 19. Species (or biodiversity), 20. Toxins, 21. Trade and Labor, 22. Transportation, 23. Waste/Recycle, 24. Water Resources, 25. Open category, 26. Open Category

LONG RANGE PLAN PROPOSED

I thought that we obviously needed to have a long range program to resolve such a large number of issues so I chose 25 years as an optimistic time frame.

HOW MANY PROBLEMS ARE THERE THAT NEED RESOLVING?

If we look at the categories as being 26 and the program as being 25 years into the future we need to compress everything into 650 separate and defined problems.

WHO ARE WORKING ON THE PROBLEMS?

Next I looked into how many NGOs and activist groups were trying their best to resolve all of these problems. I found that Wikipedia suggests that there are 10,000,000 NGOS both great and small with about 1.5 M in the USA. There are undoubtedly many more activist groups.

HOW WOULD I PROPOSE THAT WE SPACE OUR DEMAND PETITIONS?

If we decide that 26 categories is the number we need then we could address one every 2 weeks for the next 25 years. More frequently would be hard to manage and going every 4 weeks would take 50 years to address everything.

WHAT WOULD A DEMAND PETITION LOOK LIKE

I’m using plastic here as an example, as I see it a major problem. I have a list of the major problems with plastic on my site under Plastic.

The first global petition on PLASTIC might look something like this: 

Directed To: The governments of all 193 (more or less) countries of earth. 

“As concerned citizens of this planet, we urge you, our political representatives, to immediately ban the food industry’s use of plastic identification stickers from fruit and vegetables grown, packaged, imported and distributed within all countries on Earth. Clear and effective action is needed immediately to reduce the flow of plastic waste from our collective landfills, water-ways and food chain and the subsequent harmful effects of such stickers — (the list of problems created by plastic would be added to support the demand) ” – Of course the first item proposed need not be fruit and vegetable stickers – it could be microbeads, coffee cup covers, coat hangers, egg cartons or drinking straws. The important thing is to get a start. (And to start with something that is easy to support – annoys many people – could easily be substituted with other materials. Not to mention THE inevitable backlash) Remember – we would also be relatively unknown and need to grow quickly

PUTTING A CATEGORY INTO ORDER OF PRIORITY

If we want to reduce all PLASTIC concerns to the fewest number possible, there needs to be some combining. I will again continue to use plastic to develop a (rough draft) sample 25 year list.

  1. YEAR ONE – labels on fruit and vegetables plus Plastic straws,
  2. Plastic microbeads
  3. Plastic netting as on garlic, onions, potato bags, wine bottle sleeves etc.
  4. Plastic fillers in food packaging plus the elimination of plastic signage
  5. Plastic inserts in bottles plus plastic seals in beer and beverage caps.
  6. The elimination of plastic in all toy manufacturing (as we now tackle a complete industry)
  7. The elimination of plastic in the snack food industry
  8. The laundry and cleaning products industry
  9. The appliance industry
  10. The elimination of plastic in the fast food industry
  11. The indoor and outdoor furniture industry
  12. The beverage industry
  13. The health care industry
  14. The stationary industry
  15. The apparel industry (manufacturing and packaging)
  16. The shoe industry
  17. The plumbing and electrical industry
  18. The automotive industry
  19. The waste collection and recycle industry
  20. The throwaway products industry
  21. The aviation industry
  22. The building industry
  23. The eyewear industry
  24. All other industries using plastic.
  25. other

WHAT IS THE USUAL APPROACH TO RESOLVING A PROBLEM?

Every group doing their own thing; Raising money, recruiting, emailing, direct mailing, demonstrating, organizing, petitioning, writing letters, phoning politicians, boycotting, etc. – in every community, state, nation etc. but no one taking their PRIMARY issue to potentially of all the planets people (who have access to social media) and then delivering the resultant demand-petition to every legislative assembly on the planet.

DO WE NEED TO PUBLISH OUR DEMANDS?

It is very important that everyone on the planet knows what is being planned for action – everyone must be forewarned

WHAT IS PROPOSED?

I am currently using this email tag line to explain the concept – CIVIS MUNDI Recommending an entirely new approach to resolving social and environmental challenges

If I may quote Greta Thunberg here; as she is saying what I have been saying for some time.

One – “Imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to”

Two- “real power belongs to the people

What is proposed at CIVIS MUNDI is a single social media site where we put all of the issues to the world’s people one by one, until we have addressed all 650 problems in a logical sequence.

End of part one

If there are any Engineering students here they might give me their thoughts of using a Gant Chart to set our goals and timetable. We might start with the following considerations initially and refine them as we gained input from the vast libraries of knowledge and research available in a million or more NGOs data bases – In the following I may repeat some of the steps I mentioned earlier.

  • Define the problem and the objectives.
  • List all of the elements of the problem (In our case it is social and environmental issues that negatively affect all of earth’s people in all 193 nations.)
  • Separate the issues into distinct categories (not to exceed 26 if possible)
  • Reserve one category for issues that arise unexpectedly or are hard to categorize.
  • Contact all related NGOs and activist groups and include their concerns. (This generally is a problem that should go away once they see the benefits of cooperating while they give up nothing)
  • Using the consensus of all, prioritize the issues in each and every category.
  • Establish criteria (a few simple rules) for the inclusion of issues, as it is easy to be distracted by emotion and forgo logic. Perhaps something like these renderings- — does this action benefit the welfare of the planet, and does this action undo or prevent an injustice against all humankind?
  • Select one issue from each category to be the one which will start the program (It will by necessity be something minor and easy to defend as we garner support. (Take baby steps as we learn how to walk – remember that initially it will be easier to eliminate the manufacture of plastic straws than to eliminate the manufacturing of all toys in plastic )
  • Be prepared to update the list of issues as groups and individuals offer more issues for consideration and inclusion. (there will be one year to decide the next issue after the first is offered for consideration.)
  • Be determined to give each category equal weight within the plan as my concerns will be different from yours and others.
  • Develop a social media site dedicated to the movement’s objectives. (like saving the planet for human habitation)
  • Define a mission statement which is simple to understand and readily translatable. (E.g. STOP = save this our planet, and actual stop signs could be used as a place to hang ribbons which identify our movement anywhere on the planet.)
  • Choose a name for the movement – something in Latin would be nice as it should have few adversaries.
  • Choose a logo and a colour theme to rally under – I will suggest the colour of terra cotta, as it means “burnt earth” and that seems to be appropriate
  • Consider the promotion of visibility for supporters – Like putting on a uniform E.G. displaying something in the chosen colour. (Cap, kerchief, ribbon, sock, etc. – one pair of socks for two people works for me)
  • Consider promotional ideas –e.g. Membership cards, (Use humour to some effect – Eg ?) Stickers for cars and mailboxes, ribbons on street signs, paint on tree trunks etc.
  • This link is from my old site – Consider having a register where supporters and members can show their commitment to the cause and get their “regimental number” (maybe include the county code of members as part of the id.)
  • Publish a full list of the movement’s objectives, as no one should be unaware of our concerns, demands and our timetable. (i.e. Put the whole world on notice)
  • Make rules regarding civil disobedience (Mischief will be necessary as it always is in such efforts)
  • Prepare a translation for the movement name in all languages to show the international aspect. Done
  • Consider how translations of the objectives will be handled. (kind of like the UN site)
  • Consider just how the initial issues will be put to the membership for consideration.
  • Consider whether we are gathering names either for petitions or to make actual demands of our government representatives – demands with consequences. Note E petitions are now Ok in Canada
  • Consider how we can take our demands directly to our government representatives all at the same time. (Not to a single legislative body but to all 193 legislative bodies at the same time)
  • Prepare for backlash, ridicule, opposition and SLAPP lawsuits. (Strategic lawsuit against public participation)
  • Consider how frequently an issue will be presented for consideration – I suggest we consider once each two week period so that all categories can address one issue per year.
  • Allow members to choose the categories that concern them personally so they need not be subjected to issues which do not concern them
  • Consider how the name, objectives and logo might be used in other ways e.g. political party names, awards programs, product endorsement (not recommended) drop in centres, seniors groups, TV network, TED talks, Wikipedia page, a foundation, etc.
  • Consider a membership “medal” made from a bit of the most precious material of all – a bit of fired earth.
  • Garner media attention whenever possible as growth is paramount
  • Cultivate relationships with philanthropic individuals and celebrities as money and media attention are helpful.
  • Remember that seniors could very well want to participate with funding and promotion. Remind them that they made the mess w ae in.
  • Consider crowdsourcing for funds
  • Many issues can be cross referenced –IE Plastic chocks, clogs, leaches, suffocates, kills fish, and notably the albatross etc., so they can be cross referenced to TOXINS, WATER RESOURCES, SPECIES, FOOD, HEALTH, FISHING/WALING AND WASTE/RECYCLE

NOTES

Most E petitions I have read, would not meet the criteria for this movement — Browse petitions

Remember the whole idea is to have symposium to see if this can lead to a youth driven movement

In closing, our present approach is like ants attacking a Sherman tank. It is not a “fair fight” like David and Goliath where David at least has a chance. We need to get millions of ants inside the tank where our numbers can effectively stop the seemingly unstoppable.

Sincerely Matthew R Foster -Civis Mundi Sum

Maybe mention that Canada eliminated lead in water pipes in Canada but it took the Montreal Protocol to ban Freon worldwide.

Dissidents are seen as a threat to power and this will be no different

Translations of WORLD CITIZEN here

Categories and list of problems here

Spread sheet for 650 issues over 25 years

About

I really don’t care if you find fault with the ideas expressed here so long as you offer better ones. Matt Foster – Citoyen du Monde

About

What does Civis Mundi mean

These two words Civis Mundi are Latin for Citizen of the World or World Citizen. (I prefer to use these two Latin words here, as it reduces the use of the English language, which annoys some people)

Vision and 25 year strategy (revised 9 Feb 2019)

People will often rely on a quote to add support for a point of view. Well, I would like to use two – both are attributed to Albert Einstein, and both are worth repeating, considering the state of our frightful worldwide problems from both social and environmental issues.

One quote says, “A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels” and the other says, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

If public demonstrating, acts of civil disobedience, writing to editors, lobbying politicians, assembling climate scientists and convening UN initiatives is not working, then what is the alternative? I will come to that, but first a little background should help.

We know who has to resolve the issues, as politicians are the ones who ultimately make the rules and the laws. They are in fact the mysterious “somebody” that most everyone mentions, when they say “somebody” has to do something soon.

A couple of years ago, I contributed to, and read the book entitled Global Chorus, conceived and edited by Todd McLean; 365, mostly notable world figures, tried to answer the following question:

“Do you think that humanity can find a way past the current global environmental and social crises? Will we be able to create the conditions necessary for our own survival, as well as that of other species on the planet? What would these conditions look like? In summary, then, and in the plainest of terms, do we have hope, and can we do it?”

Of 365 essays, nothing much offered any concrete direction; most of these notables all said “somebody has to do something.” That is not totally true, as one person said that we needed to do something different. Full disclosure – as there was room for one more essay in the book, my rendering was fortunately included, and I am still saying the same thing today as I did then; that is, I am advocating for an entirely new approach to resolving social and environmental challenges; I believe my idea is workable, but, like trying to design and build a rocket for a trip to the moon, it will need a lot of input, planning, and refining.

We know what the problems are; we know that politicians, as the lawmakers, are crucial; we know that agreements unravel faster than they can be put together; we know that politicians have a hard time juggling promises of jobs and prosperity and the environment; we know some of the moneyed forces working against our interests; we know that the media pretty much ignores the situation; we know that there are 20,000 000 NGOs and countless activist groups trying to do something, as I get mail from a good number of them. There are lots of things that don’t work very well. Can we find a solution? Can we put some order and structure into resolving problems on an international scale? Can we do it through one organization? Can we agree on priorities? Can we put the problems to the lawmakers in all 193 countries at the same time? I say yes we can, to all these questions.

Sixteen year old Greta Thunberg of Sweden, has singlehandedly created more awareness and global interest than any individual who I can recall. She addressed the U.N. plenary recently in Katowice, Poland; she said “you are stealing our future” as she condemned global inaction in the face of catastrophic climate change. She also said that all power belongs to the people and she is correct on both counts. Following her example, young people are skipping classes all over the world to get a point across regarding Climate Change and other survival concerns.

Guess what they are saying? Yes, they are saying, “PLEASE DO SOMETHING!” It all started with a cardboard sign that said “Skol strejk för klimatet” or “school strike for climate”. It is time for us adults to take up the gantlet and do something for their sake, if not for our own.

As I said, we know that politicians are crucial, but they do have other priorities and difficulty with dealing with climate change and all of the other issues. We would do well to consider how much we could accomplish if we were elected in their place. The truth is that we could not do much either. How can the meek, weak, young and old make these lawmakers listen to us? I suggest that we need to turn our frustrations and concerns into E-Demand/Petitions on a grand scale; all of which can be signed by anyone over 15 years of age; it is their and our world that is in jeopardy.

Petitions are now sanctioned in Canada and a few other countries; there is a formal way of making one up, but it is up to the originator to find supporters. This is a daunting exercise and it is not the tool I am referring to as we must organize on a much larger international scale.

A few groups use E-petitions; of these, Avaaz is probably the most notable; it has 50,000,000 members. The petitions are drafted by a small staff, or they originate with individual members. Most of these are not earth-worthy petitions and they are usually just sent to legislatures of individual nations or to corporations. Some have achieved remarkable results, for which I am grateful. They generally address two or three categories of problems; most notably Human Rights and Species threats, whereas I suggest there are 26 categories.

To make this all this work to my way of thinking, we need a few rules for our enhanced E-Demand/Petitions. Basic guidelines for social justice advocates, and environmentalists worldwide would be –

  • List all of your concerns
  • Categorize your concerns
  • Prioritize your lists through logic and consensus
  • Submit your priorities to a social media site solely dedicated to working on behalf of citizens of the whole planet. (It does not exist yet)
  • Carry on with your own agendas, but please, do ask your members to sign any relevant E-Demand/Petitions that you have submitted for consideration.

 

What would this new social media entity do for environmentalists and Social justice advocates? (if it existed)

  • Put structure and order into the worldwide pleas for action
  • Create an E-Demand/Petition to their and your specifications and requirements
  • Present E-Demand/Petitions to the membership for consideration and signatures for only the categories each member selects to support
  • Distribute the E-Demand/Petition to the lawmakers in all 193 nations. (In their language)
  • Give every category equal weight and attention
  • Make no E-Demand/Petitions without wide consensus.
  • Repeat the process when all categories have had their E-Demand/Petition processed once and then start again from the top with a new demand
  • Create a spread sheet that would tell the entire world what we want done over the next 25 years so that no one is unaware of our collective concerns and determination to see things addressed in a timely and consistent manner.

Conclusion: We seriously need to explore a new way of looking at resolving our problems. The ideas expressed here may not be perfect but it could be a starting point to develop something better and essential.

26 Categories of concerns

The difficulties we have with the wellbeing of the planet are global and transcend all borders. Resolving a problem in a single city, state or nation is of vital importance, however getting everyone involved and active in every nation to a single objective should be the essential and ultimate goal.

No individual or country is exempt from the offenses we create with our combined and separate activities whether they are from our past or ongoing actions and abuses. The problems we face are worldwide problems. An assault on the ecosystem in one country is an assault on the planet. An assault on the health and welfare of people in one country is something we all need to consider if we truly believe in universal justice.

The categories proposed are as follows. (List is open to change and improvement): edited April 2019

  1. AIR QUALITY (Year one – To reduce air pollution, introduce laws set limits for both heating and cooling levels in all places of business) You will note that quite often an issue can be linked to several other categories
  2. Democracy/Voting — Rough draft prepared (Year one – identify and create universal laws to eliminate all issues that disenfranchise voters)
  3. DRUGS (Year one – apply a water pollution tax to environmentally destructive pharmaceuticals )
  4. ENERGY (Year one – Set regulations on thermostat settings for AC and heating or make space tourism illegal before it gains a foothold)
  5. FARMING/FORESTRY (year one – promote the use of handkerchiefs and tax single use throw-away forest products to cut back on (Deforesting) overuse)
  6. FISHING/WHALING (Year one – ban plastic fish nets universally)
  7. FOOD (Year one – ban plastic food can linings containing bisphenol-A (BPA), a prolific endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) )
  8. GENETIC ENGINEERING (Year one – ban the introduction of any modified animal of fish as food or make labeling of such products mandatory))
  9. GLOBAL WARMING – (Year one – Make it illegal to burn off Waste Gas in Oil Fields)
  10. Health (year one – set a goal to control or eliminate leprosy)
  11. HUMAN RIGHTS ( year one – ban Female Genital Mutilation universally and punish violators)
  12. INFORMATION AND EDUCATION (Year one – demand that there be an environmental and social justice TV channel on every broadcasting network free from corporate interference)
  13. LAND/SOIL DEGRADATION (Year one – Restrict human burial to un-farmable land.)
  14. MINING (Year one – no mercury or arsenic in processing of ore)
  15. INSTITUTIONAL CONSIDEATIONS (Year one – Control public usury f within leading orgs)
  16. NUCLEAR ISSUES (Year one – Ban depleted uranium ammunition universally)
  17. PEOPLES COMMONS/NATURAL RESOURCES (Year one – stop the practice of withdrawing water from aquifers for bottling by private entrepreneurs)
  18. PLASTIC DANGERS (Year one – ban manufacture, import/export, sale of microbeads)
  19. SPECIES (or biodiversity) (year one – no export or import of exotic fish or birds by private citizens)
  20. TOXINS (Year one – apply a water pollution tax to birth control pills to encourage the development of alternatives)
  21. TRADE AND LABOR (Year one – Make Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights universally enforced in 193 nations)
  22. TRANSPORTATION – air, sea, personal, goods etc. (Year one – Ban tourist space travel before it gains a foothold or heavily tax tourist air-travel.)
  23. WASTE/RECYCLE (Year one – Institute a tax on all products made out of plastic (expose the stupidity of trying to control plastic pollution by recycling and put the onus on the manufacturers where it belongs)
  24. WATER RESOURCES (year one – ban embalming of corpses to protect ground water resource)
  25. OPEN CATEGORY (Your choice or perhaps by public vote)

The Issues

Here are a few more problems and concerns that have been noted over the years — in no particular order

Denigration of women’s rights, battered women, child poverty, child exploitation, world hunger, child soldiers, leprosy, IMF policies, hormone mimicking chemicals in the environment, undemocratic voting systems, flawed election systems, hackable voting machines, health care as a right, freedom to know and be heard, monopolizing of the media, spin doctoring, soil erosion, world fish stocks, loss of biodiversity, rain forests, habitat loss, species decline, landfills, excess packaging, vehicle emission standards, vehicle mileage standards, sea pollution, oil transportation, lead pollution, pesticide use, estrogens in drinking water, dental amalgam pollution, Minimoto disease, fish farming, irradiation of produce, genetically modified organisms, labelling of food, special interest lobby groups, lost representative democracies, Middle East conflict, global warming/climate change, disadvantaged children, arsenic leach mining, oil sands energy, salt usage on roads, water softener salt problems, automotive recycle programs, planned obsolescence, 30,000 nuclear warheads, nuclear proliferation, depleted uranium contamination, birth defect rise, salvaging the people’s commons, right of way, air pollution, coal power generation, renewable energy, bio-fuel, space exploration pollution, air travel pollution, ozone depletion, boating pollution, noise pollution, scent pollution, whaling, illegal fishing, livestock pollution, fresh water standards, special interest think tanks, public broadcasting, dragnet fishing, seabed destruction, dolphin decline, vaccine contamination, artificial sweeteners, food additives, plastic chemical leaching in toys, plastic bag problem, Teflon concerns, criminal activity in business, plight of the Inuit and other First Nations people, northern waters concerns, oil exploration concerns, foreign interference in domestic governments, private armies, torture, extraordinary rendition, artificial news, arms trade, traditional health products, seas, exposing “False Flag” operations, the Ogallala aquifer depletion, water tables, water diversions, river dams, growth hormones, contaminated meat, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, UV tanning beds, indoor pollution, asbestos usage problems, animal extinctions, gasoline additive problems, bee and insect pollination concern, drug resistant diseases, air standards, pesticide residue in food, excess chemicals in food, food container chemical leaching, national obesity, community recycle programs, dioxins, CO2 levels, bottled water, Great Lakes water basin, fair trade produce, declining male fertility, wilderness sell off, nuclear power generation, human rights, factory farms, clear cutting, farm forests, fish farming, natural disaster planning and relief, rising sea water/displaced people, undermining UN effectiveness, UN Veto abuse, Cell phone radiation, flower trade, herbicides, unfair international trade practices, unfair subsidies, World Bank policies, acid rain, rare raw resources, armament race, monetary disorder, wealth inequality, usury, world law, religious zealots, melding state with religion, dumbing down of populations, corporate owned academics, the business of war, academic freedom, masquerading greens, tritium filled lighting, tritium levels in water, treatment of animals, electronic waste, illegal drugs, cancer research, global monopoly, vanity jewelry, Bovine Somatotropin (BST), light pollution, pressure treated wood problems, sexual slavery, trafficking in people, genital mutilation, tradition of leblouh (forced feeding of girls), fraudulent advertising, internet fraud, identity theft, infiltration of NGOs (by special interests) plus infiltration of student groups, plus environmental groups and agencies, etc new April 2019 – exotic feather trade laws,

Would you like to add to the list?

Staff

This site has been set up by Bob Jonkman of SOBAC Microcomputer Services for Matthew R. Foster of Cambridge Ontario. All content is subject to revision as it is a work in progress.

Support and participation is welcomed. Remember that time is not our friend and if we don’t do it won’t get done.

How do you say world citizen in your language?

How do you say “World Citizen” or “Citizen of the World” in your language?

I like to say it in Latin as it has less prejudices

“Civis Mundi”

Here is WORLD CITIZEN in a variety of languages – thanks in part to Google Translate

 

Shqiptar/ Albanian: Qytetareve te Botes

ةيبرعلا / Arabic: كائنات مواطن

հայերեն / Armenian: աշխարհի քաղաքացի

Български/ Bulgarian: Гражданин на Света

中文 / Chinese 世界公民。

Hrvatski /Croatian: Građanin svijeta,

Český /Czech: Slovo občan

Dansk/Danish: Verdensborger

Nederlands/Dutch: Wereldburger

English: World Citizen

Eesti/ Estonian: Maailm kodanik

Filipino: mamamayan ng mundo

Suomi/Finnish: maailman kansalainen

Français/French: Citoyen du Monde

Deutsch/German: Weltbürger

Ελληνική/ Greek: Παγκοσμιος πολίτης

עִברִית / Hebrew: אזרח חילוני

हिंदी Hindi विश्व – नागरिक

Magyar/Hungarian: vilagpolgar

Indonesian: kata warga

Italiano/Italian: Cittadino del Mondo

Farsi/Iranian: شهرونددنیا

日本語 / Japanese せかいじん or 世界人

한국어 / Korean: 세계 시민

Latviešu/Latvian: pasaules pilsonis

Lietuvių/ Lithuanian: pasaulio pilietis

Malti/ Maltese: Ċittadin tad-Dinja

Norsk/Norwegian: V erdensborger

Polski/Polish: OBYWATEL ŚWIATA

Português/Portuguese: Cidadão do mundo

Român/ Romanian: cetăţean al lumii

Русский/ Russian: ГРАЖДАНИН МИРА

Српски/ Serbian: gradanin svetski

Slovenský/ Slovak: Slovo občan

Slovenski /Slovenian: beseda državljan

Español/Spanish: Ciudadano del Mundo

Swahili: Raia wa ulimwengu

Svenska/Swedish: Världsmedborgare

ไทย / Thai: โลก พลเมือง

Türkçe/ Turkish: Dünya vatandaşı

Українська/ Ukrainian: Слово громадянин

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D Report

Team member D gives report

“My assigned question was as follows — Will you make a rough list of identifiable problems in everything from GLOBAL WARMING, PLASTIC, TOXINS, HUMAN RIGHTS and the like? Don’t neglect anything as we will sort out the priorities later on. Just start by making a big long list in no special order. Nothing is too small or controversial to consider.”

Team Leader – “If anyone reading this report would like to help please contact me here

 

D REPORT .

have prepared a list of problems as I randomly found them. It has about 300 social and environmental problems all together. There are many more not on the list. A copy is attached.

I think that it is necessary to address both social and environmental issues together as very often one hinges on another – which I will try to make clear as we go along.

The rough list I have compiled was broken out into 25 categories – this can be refined up or down as we progress. Some may not be as relevant as others but all are important in the grand scheme of things.

  1. CLIMATE CHANGE is the most often sited problem in the media and with the environmentalists, but as this is a symptom of the problem then perhaps MISUSE OF ENERGY or simply ENERGY might be a better heading. Let me list the headings alphabetically. In an effort to be brief, I will not speak to some categories.
  2. AIR QUALITY –
  3. DEMOCRACY/VOTING – There are a lot of issues with this category, from Gerrymandering, robo callling, fraud, voting periods, ballot complexity, crazy ID rules and on and on. There are forces that work hard to distort the wishes of the electorate, particularly in countries with first past the post electoral systems.
  4. DRUGS – I put this here as pharmaceuticals end up in all water and elsewhere where they still affect other life forms. Maybe a global commission could look at this.
  5. ENERGY – a primary concern that will not be resolved by driving electric cars alone. We need to stop the waste starting at the well head where they indiscriminately burn off excess gas. We need to curtail the nonsense of tourism space travel before it gets a foot hold; we need to turn down the thermostats and turn off the AC; we need to slow down and reduce engine sizes. We need to make travelers pay for their waste of our primary resource. Realistically we will never stop people from travelling but we can restrict how they do it.
  6. FARMING/FORESTRY-
  7. FISHING/WHALING –
  8. FOOD – a few words of this. There are forces at play that could care less about what is in your food so long as you buy it. These forces are as bad as those of the tobacco industry. They need regulations generated by the people who use the products. More about this is in INFORMATION/EDUCATION
  9. GENETIC ENGINEERING – similar to food argument. They don’t care what happens in the long term as long as there is money made in the short term.
  10. HEALTH – money that should be spent on health of society is squandered on “middlemen” insurance interests. Also health is jeopardized by food interests etc.
  11. HUMAN RIGHTS –
  12. INFORMATION & EDUCATION – I think that we need to start to systematically educate people primarily through dedicated TV. There are no shortage of NGOs with experts and prepared documentaries to satisfy every aspect of every issue. All peoples should demand that our representative governments provide this service and pay for it. That is what democracy is supposed to do.
  13. LAND/SOIL DEGRADATION – lot to be done to protect the soil that provides our food. E.g. stop embalming corpse’s and corrupting ground water.
  14. Mining,
  15. Institutions – I put this here as there are a lot of institutions that work against the interests of people from blatant usury to false information
  16. Nuclear Issues,- like depleted uranium usage
  17. People’s Commons/natural resources – simple -stop wasting finite resources.
  18. Plastic Dangers – possibly as big a problem as energy waste. Again we have a situation where manufactures could care less for the continuance of the planet if they can make a profit today. Recycling plastic is a farce perpetuated to make us feel like we have it under control.
  19. Population – the problem that no one wants to talk about. We need a commission to report on this.
  20. Species (or biodiversity),
  21. Toxins – thousands of problems from many sources.
  22. Trade and Labor –
  23. Transportation – we cannot stop mobility and transportation but we can regulate and tax it.
  24. Waste/Recycle – important to extend resources but plastic usage should be curtailed as recycling is a joke.
  25. Water Resources,
  26. Open category,

“At this point I should mention that I have made a spreadsheet that has room for all of these categories. It has room for 25 categories and runs out for 25 years. The space for year one is for the priority that would ultimately be penciled in for attention. There are enough spaces for 625 problems overall.” – “25 times 25 equals 625.”

“I have prepared a list. It has about 300 social and environmental problems all together. A copy is attached at the back. “

Team Leader – “I guess that penciled in would be the right term as it would take some negotiating and consensus to finally ink in a priority. II like the concept of actually seeing a plan on paper so that everyone knows the extent of the crisis we face. As you said it will take more than a switch to electric cars and banning drinking straws – for that matter.”

A Report

Team member A gives report

“My assigned question was as follows — I want you to tell me why we cannot seem to make any headway with social and environmental issues. Look at everything you think is relevant.”

Team Leader – “If anyone reading this report would like to help please contact civis mundi here

 

A REPORT.

 

“Simply put we are hopelessly fragmented. Our modus operandi is pretty much confined to organized demonstrations where we chant slogans and beg for climate action, but never any specifics or priorities. There is no overall plan whatsoever, particularly when it comes to coordinating the efforts of lawmakers in 195 plus nations.”

“I looked at the role of individual politicians and political party ideology; I looked at business and corporate objectives. As for corporations and business interest they will do most anything to make a product and profit. If there is a cheaper way to do it they will do it regardless of the consequences. I looked at the UN, scientist’s efforts, climate summits etc. None of these can possibly cope with the magnitude of the problems facing all life, including both that of mankind – and the planet.”

“If I were a politician, I would be hard pressed as to know where to start. I am not an expert and neither are most of the politicians. What is needed is a well-considered spreadsheet where priorities are set out for at least a year; no lawmaker is capable of doing a thousand things at one time. I have attached a draft spreadsheet at the back of the report for your consideration.”

Team Leader to team, “I will not ask many questions until all reports are presented. Then we will try to condense everything into a few statements – OK?”

MISSION POSSIBLE

Preamble:

Let’s pretend that my boss came to my office and said, “The world cannot survive the insults were are throwing at it and still continue to support life as we have known; I want you to come back to me with a report on what we must do – put together a team and report back in a couple of weeks – Okay?”

“No problem boss, I’ll start right away”

I hope this little drama is seen as a serious exercise, even if it is written by a person unfamiliar with everything that faces us –but who is? For this task I will need a team, so I call in nine colleagues to outline the task at hand.

First I will assign questions to each person on my new investigative team, and then I will give the summary of the reports, and conclusions, to my “boss”.

So! First the report as drafted for the boss; to be followed by the questions and subsequent nine reports as prepared by the team – if you care to read them.

Part one: Report summary:

After presentation of all reports and vigorous debate, the following summary was drafted for presentation to the boss.

Title: DRAFT “PLAN” – HOW TO ADDRESS SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AT ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNANCE OF 195 NATIONS.

  • 1 To be effective and taken seriously, we think that the first thing that is obvious is that we are going to need a very large earth-spanning organization and an international following of perhaps an initial membership of one hundred million or more members.
  • 2 There needs to be action initiated on at least 6 levels with each level addressing a distinct set of local, regional, domestic and global problems. The following levels are proposed: SCHOOL, MUNICIPAL, PROVINCIAL or EQUIVALENT, FEDERAL, CORPORATE and INTERNATIONAL.
  • 3 The first 5 levels would be composed of CITIZEN ASSEMBLIES whereas the international group would use DEMAND/PETITIONS signed by an international membership and forwarded to every lawmaker in all 195 nations simultaneously.
  • 4 Problems at the international level would come from a wide variety of categories, each addressed in a sequence with a predetermined time interval between problems. (not less than two weeks)
  • 5 Global issues would require a massive organizational structure complete with name, logo, mission statement and everything one can imagine to create comradery and sense of purpose.
  • 6 Public visibility of participants is deemed to be of utmost importance to instill the aforementioned comradery and sense of purpose for our mission.
  • 7 Each level of activity would come from a single plan where all problems have been categorized and prioritized by debate and consensus utilizing, in part, the expertise of established NGOs and activist groups)
  • 8 At the international level, everyone would be working from a single spreadsheet, prepared with space for 25 years of problems. (Open to amendment as the situation dictates)
  • 9 Problems that need to be addressed would be assembled and categorized into about 25 groupings before attempting to determine year one priorities.
  • 10 The responsibility of each category could be assigned to separate and distinct groups of NGOs and activist groups who in turn could provide advisors and information.
  • 11 A spreadsheet could be used to first prioritize a problem in each category. Subsequent priorities would be established after confirming the first priorities and getting the movement under way.
  • 12 Every individual, including every politician and corporate executive, would know what the far-reaching objectives are as there can be no secrets as our very survival is at stake.
  • 13 A year may pass before a new priority is addressed in each category. (As lawmakers need time to react to our demands)
  • 14 It is assumed at this stage that all categories would be addressed in each and every year following the start of the program, perhaps in sequence. (perhaps due to the urgency for remedial action)
  • 15 NGOs, activist groups and individuals could offer their priorities for consideration, and decisions would be by consensus.
  • 16 There would be only two rules to determine if an issue met the necessary criteria for inclusion in the international program. (Regional issues would not be considered at the international level but assigned to Citizen Assemblies within each sovereign nation)
  • 17 Priorities could be set for all six levels of people-action so that everyone would have a list of priories to work from.
  • 18 Global action would require the formation of a large umbrella organization and movement; larger than anything imagined so far. (perhaps with more people than the UN but without a building and without government participation)
  • 19 Membership would come from all 195 nations. (It would appear that all individuals over 15 have a pretty good idea of the urgency and could be participating members.)
  • 20 Access to social media would be necessary for engaging in the international level movement.
  • 21 NGOS and activist groups would not give up any aspect of their structure to participate. All would benefit as the new movement would in fact be doing the will of most all groups.
  • 22 At the global level, problems would be put to the membership through a Demand/Petition which would require signed approval.
  • 23 Signed Demand/Petitions would be sent to the lawmakers in all 195 nations simultaneously.
  • 24 I repeat – This global group could very well entail the efforts of perhaps thousands of individuals, Including legal scholars, translators, scientists, programmers. (Perhaps rivaling the UN staff in size, but operated totally without governmental interference, and all trough social media)
  • 25 Like the UN, all communications would require multiple languages.
  • 26 Individual members would opt in for the categories that concern them and would not receive petitions that they do not want.
  • 27 Political parties that work against the plan because of business or religious reasons need to be identified to members and to the public at large. The enemy must be subdued in not tamed.
  • 28 There is profound urgency

 

The balance of this paper is available at civismundi.net

Part two (ASSEMBLING A TEAM AND ASSIGNING TASKS)

 

When the team of nine was assembled they were given the following tasks.

  • A –“I want you to tell me why we cannot seem to make any headway with social and environmental issues. Look at everything you think is relevant.”
  • B – “See if you can find any groups that have effective ideas and movements. We don’t want to reinvent the wheel here if it is not necessary. It might be the small groups that have the best ideas.”
  • C – “Civil Disobedience is advocated by some groups. There is also a lot of chanting and shouting. Please look into this and report on the effectiveness of such programs. What are the negatives of this approach?”
  • D – “Will you make a rough list of identifiable problems in everything from GLOBAL WARMING, PLASTIC, TOXINS, HUMAN RIGHTS and the like? Don’t neglect anything as we will sort out the priorities later on. Just start by making a big long list in no special order. Nothing is too small or controversial to consider.”
  • E – “As I understand it there are thousands of NGOs and activist groups out there. They all have research data bases, agendas, memberships, fund raising and so on. I want you to start contacting them and ask them what their top priorities are in this ever growing crisis.”
  • F -“Let’s assume that we need to address these problems at all levels of government. Could we use volunteer or appointed Citizen Assemblies to work at City Hall level, at Federal level and all levels starting with school boards if possible? Think about how we could organize at the Global level as there are about 195 nations that need to be working together and not against one another’s efforts. The global effort may need a different approach from the national level. One idea may not suit all levels. OK?”
  • G – “I am going to guess here that we will have a lot of categories of problems once we have compiled the list and broken them out into separate and identifiable groups. Will we probably need a new international organization?; estimate how big it would be?”
  • H – Let’s assume we will start a new global movement to address all of the problems- what would our mission statement be? How would we motivate people to work with us without annoying the hell out of the population with all the demonstrations and unhelpful hollering? I want you to think about a name, a logo and anything else that brings about comradery and a sense of purpose.
  • I – “Would you look into religion’s role in democracy and politics? I think that there are wolves in the flock that are up to misguided mischief. We need to know if this will hamper our efforts.”

Team Leader to team – “Ok team, you all have your assignments. Be brief, but thorough, if that is possible.

Team member A gives report here

Team member B gives report here

Team member C gives report here

Team member D gives report here

Team member E gives report here

Team member F gives report here

Team member G gives report here

Team member H gives report here

Team member I gives report here