Input Request

No one group or any individual has the solution to all of the environmental and social problems facing us and our planet, but here at http://civismundi.net there might be a spark of an idea as to how we might empower the people so that we (the meek, the weak, the underdogs, the ignored) have some say in our questionable future here on earth.

That’s it! It is all about empowering people on a worldwide basis. It’s about the development of one place where all social and environmental issues can be listed, categorized, prioritized and presented in a systematic and orderly manner for action in a long range plan. Imagine, people-powered action directed to all 190 nations, based on the wishes of the people away from the intrigue, influence and self-interests of politicians, oligarchs’, and corporations.

If this idea sparks your interest, I invite you to offer your input and advice.

Sincerely,

Matthew R. Foster civismundi (aatt) civismundi dot net

 

WORLD CITIZENS UNITED

No one group or any individual has the solution to all of the environmental and social problems facing us and our planet, but here at http://civismundi.net there might be a spark of an idea as to how we might empower the people so that we (the meek, the weak, the underdogs, the ignored) have some say in our questionable future here on earth.

That’s it! It is all about empowering people on a worldwide basis. It’s about the development of one place where all social and environmental issues can be listed, categorized, prioritized and presented in a systematic and orderly manner for action in a long range plan. Imagine, people-powered action directed to all 190 nations, based on the wishes of the people away from the intrigue, influence and self-interests of politicians, oligarchs’, and corporations.

If this idea sparks your interest, I invite you to offer your input and advice.

Signed – Matthew Foster – civismundi (aatt) civismundi.net

Why we need to unite people (and NGOs) worldwide

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I would imagine that it was fairly easy to form the organization we call the United Nations. One national leader suggested the concept to another and the idea escalated until all 190 plus nations were together under one roof trying to find ways to keep some semblance of peace on the planet. This is all well and good but what happens when the planet’s seas, fresh water, atmosphere, soil, biodiversity etc. are so badly degraded and poisoned that all life is threatened and diminished? On top of this we have rapid breakdowns of human rights, diminishing democracies, the increasing concentration of media and information, population problems, nuclear concerns, genetically modified organism concerns, and a plague of plastic turning the oceans into a toxic soup. In this dire and ever-expanding situation the people desperately have formed literally millions of NGOs and countless activist groups in pretty much every community on earth as they try to persuade our elected political representatives to please do something.
While we frantically organize and chaotically struggle for corrective action, we are hassled, hampered and patronized by moneyed market forces which have a strong interaction and collaboration with politicians and political parties, not to mention despotic leaders in non-democratic countries. (Where they trample on human rights, steal resources, expropriate the people’s commons and ignore environmental laws and practices.)
We socially and environmentally minded individuals and groups are completely fragmented and disorganized beyond all belief; consequently and regrettably we have little hope of effectively impacting on any of the disasters facing us unless we somehow find a new innovative way to make a significant number of our diverse and scattered world’s citizens collectively more influential and forceful. We have the will but we have yet to find ‘the way’. It as if we are knocking on closed and locked doors trying to be heard all at the same time. We are ignored while our political representatives and corporate power are inside forging our destiny without any significant input from us.
This dire situation could be much improved if we could just get ourselves established into a powerful enough cooperative worldwide organization with a shared universal mission.
The first questions we need to ask ourselves are “must we do something and is it worthwhile” To this I think it is obvious. Is success attainable? I think that it really is, providing we put the power of united world citizens both before and behind corrective initiatives and bypass the naysayers.
NGOs would still operate their organisations independent of any new org. They could collaborate if they wish, and together sort the issues and put them in order. They would be free to independently offer advice to legislations when it became apparent that the people are demanding action and that their expertise is needed to implement such action.
If the United Nations was seen as the hope for peace then why do we not see the need for a similar group; possibly called United World Citizens or something similar; as a means to correcting pressing social and environmental issues?
Let’s assume for a moment that we could somehow bring all of the problems to one place. What would we need to do?
IDENTIFY THE PROBLEMS
Collect and write out all of the problems that need addressing so that the depth of the overall situation is clear to one and all. I can guarantee you that there are more active NGOs then there are problems, and that there are many problems that have no defenders or representatives whatsoever.
CATEGORIZE THE PROBLEMS
Next we need to put the problems (separate issues) into categories. I am going to suggest that there are be no more than 26 categories for reasons that will be apparent later although this is not absolutely essential.
PRIORITIZE THE PROBLEMS
Prioritize the issues within each category and put them into a 25 year plan. Don’t worry, as the priorities can be changed and rearranged as data comes in and membership grows.
CHOOSE THE FIRST ISSUES
It may be best to put something relatively simple at the top of the list rather than the most ominous issue/problem, remembering that it will take time for this new organization to gather significant worldwide member support. (I will put examples for a single category at the end just to show how this would work)
Simple mathematics will now show that we have 26 X 25 issues to put to the membership for their personal input and consideration – the total equals 650 separate issues spaced over 25 years. (A good start)
USE EXISTING INFORMATION
NGO’s and other groups have a lot of information in their data bases with which we can make informed decisions. These groups will be important to the new organization and movement as they can help with identifying and prioritizing and establishing the first and subsequent issues that will be put forward.
PUT THE CATEGORIES INTO A REPEATING ORDER
Take the 26 or so categories and put them into a sequence so that they can be presented to the membership for input and consideration one at a time. If we use 26 categories, and allow a two week period between publication and email distribution of a new petition to the membership, we can address an issue in each and every category in each year of the plan. (This is not absolutely essential)
ESTABLISH A SET TIME FRAME
It is important that the membership is not overwhelmed with action requests too frequently. A minimum of a 14 day interval is suggested as this allows time to research, ponder and sign. Also, governments receiving such petitions will not be overwhelmed on a daily basis from multiple sources.
PUT THE WORLD ON NOTICE
Remember that we must visualize the whole world and all the people as one community with all problems affecting all its citizens’ welfare. Once the categories and issues have been established, the whole world including business leaders and politicians everywhere on the planet, will effectively be put on notice that we are determined to press for remedial action now and in the foreseeable future, or until the job is done. Anyone, anywhere, will be able to see for themselves what is in the proverbial “pipeline” and slatted for corrective action.
SEND E-PETITION TO THE LEADERS OF EVERY NATION
Email the petition to every member for consideration and signing. If the member agrees with the suggested petition’s objectives then it is signed and the totals tabulated. After a designated time frame the signed e-petition is sent to every political legislative power in each and every country.
WHY CATEGORIES?
I personally have a great desire to see reductions in the unrestrained use of PLASTIC for reasons I will make clear below. Alternatively hormone-mimicking chemicals in products create a host of problems beyond the scope of this paper. I also have concern for FOOD safety. In the category of HUMAN RIGHTS I would like to see a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation. Therefore, I would enthusiastically subscribe to the categories of PLASTIC, TOXINS, FOOD and HUMAN RIGHTS. With these choices I would then be asked to participate and consider only 4 petitions per year. If I choose to support others in their causes, I could then simply change my settings to include or perhaps exclude categories at any time. Someone who hates the phony governments produced by plurality/majority voting might sign up for DEMOCRACY/VOTING as they push for proportional representative voting. The same person may dislike nuclear power plants and add NUCLEAR ISSUES to his or her list. Another might prefer WATER RESOURCES and LAND/SOIL LOSS DEGRADATION as they push for natural burial of the human body to prevent formaldehyde from leeching into ground water. Another might choose POPULATION CONCERNS as it gets little attention from anyone. Eventually all categories would have their champions.
SET CRITERIA FOR PETITIONS
Most groups that currently use e-petitions are reacting to human rights violations within single nations. Other petitions may be to protect a species like a butterfly (always the Monarch) or bees and other pollinators. (Category SPECIES) Our petitions however must meet more stringent criteria. I suggest that the following two questions be asked before an issue is put to the members.
Does this action benefit the welfare of the planet?
Does this action undo or prevent an injustice against all humankind?
DEVELOP MULTI LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
As this is a global effort we need to have multi-language capabilities just like the UN. As the movement grows, volunteers would provide translation services.
AVOID POLITICAL AND MARKET FORCES
The UN is awash with political intrigue and corporate pressures. Powerful nations exert their will on the less powerful and use money, economic pressure and veto power to get their own way. Assassination is also now an accepted policy of many nations which includes all of the permanent Security Council. This new organization must avoid such outside influence and stick with the concept of one member, one vote. Every citizen on the planet can participate if they have access to social media.
STEAL GOOD IDEAS FROM OTHERS
AVAAZ and others use e-petitions quite effectively. They also have a good record for gathering members to the cause. They have an enviable 42,000,000 members at last count. Unlike AVAAZ we would cover all 26 categories and e-petition all 190 plus nations whereas they cover only a few categories and e-petition single legislations or corporations.
EXAMPLE OF HOW THIS MIGHT WORK
As an example of how this might work, let’s assume that in step one we decided that PLASTIC was a distinct and separate category that needed to be addressed. If you watched a recent documentary regarded the pollution of the oceans with plastic you might agree that this would be a suitable and essential category. The program suggested that the problem lies in the world’s recycling and waste management programs. This is a grave error in judgment as plastic and the manufacturing in plastic is the problem itself. It is a problem so harmful that it potentially threatens all that exists.
Can we eliminate all manufacturing in plastic? – Not realistically or likely! Can we eliminate manufacturing of drinking straws from plastic? Why not? Using straws made of waxed paper would not diminish my lifestyle at all, but it would be a small step for correcting earth’s ecosystem. So, we make it an issue for inclusion and our collective attention somewhere in the 25 year plan.
Using the above logic, after demanding “No manufacturing of plastic straws” we could combine several related issues and demand “No manufacturing of plastic net bags for citrus, onion and garlic.” Manufacturers and suppliers could revert back to twisted paper code bags. Sure, some manufacturers will cry foul and that is unfortunate. We survived the problems they created when they destroyed our shoe industry, our appliance industry, our textile industry, our ship building industry etc. They will adjust just as they forced us to adjust.
Next might come “No excess plastic may be used as fillers in packaging of food products.” My life style would not be diminished.
As we progress we might demand “No manufacturing of toys in plastic”. Kids would still have toys to play with, as manufacturers look to alternative material. Life would not be diminished what-so-ever.
Let’s try attempting something that might be more contentious. “No packaging of toothpaste in plastic tubes” I’m not sure that this could ever be accomplished but really, if my tooth paste came in powder form in a little tinned or cardboard container I’m sure I could cope. Also, billions of empty non-biodegradable tubes would be essentially removed from the ecosystem each and every year, forever and ever. (Imagine the number of albatross that might survive because there were billions fewer plastic caps to feed (and kill) their fledgling offspring)
Here are a few more to consider. (You are welcome to offer more.) “No plastic in razor manufacturing”, “No plastic coat hangers”, “No plastic stickers on fruit and vegetables”, “No plastic inserts in bottles”, “No plastic to be used in vegetable/olive oil containers” “No injection molded chairs” etc. Again my life style would not be diminished.
We eventually get to harder and harder issues. It we look to the problem with manmade fibers we will find a singularly horrendous problem. All clothing and carpets break down and shed fibers. Millions of tons of these fibers are washed into the oceans where they become part of the food chain that reaches ever upwards. This ocean of toxic soup is a crisis that can be reduced because we know what is causing it. We have about 35 natural plant and animal fibers that can be used as replacements to synthetics. We just need to accept the obvious and make some dramatic changes.
In this exercise, I have addressed only one category of problems and only a few issues within said category. NGOs, individuals and other groups could put together a much more comprehensive list.

In conclusion, the people themselves must become united and empowered if we are to make any headway. To do this we need an organization free from intrigue and political posturing; one where the meek, the weak, and the marginalized become willing to participate in the process and forge their own destiny, free from market and political influences.

GLOBAL CHORUS

GLOBAL CHORUS

There is a book out called Global Chorus (365 Voices on the future of the planet) The contributors include Jane Goodall, David Suzuki, Archbishop Tutu, Stephen Harkins, the Dalai Lama and Matthew Foster. (That last one is me) There is also a web site where you can see the full list of contributors and the instructions for contributors. Just search for Global Chorus if you want more info.

When I first heard of this idea, I thought ‘now here is an important work – perhaps the most important work of our time. If only we can take the collective ideas and move them into some sort of long range plan we might actually make some concrete inroads on social and environmental issues.’

One by one, I have been slowly going through the articles and trying to reduce each contribution into its basic message. There is a contribution for each day of the year – So far I have read through to the end of March. Here are my condensations

  • There is an urgency that we do something.
  • We need to get people involved.
  • We have the knowledge.
  • The barrier to success is political and economic.
  • We need to correct the failings in our democracy.
  • We need to educate politicians.
  • We need to get by on less.
  • We all share in the problem.
  • We have the technology to get organized.
  • We need to work together.
  • There is futility in working alone.
  • We need to reduce our expectations.
  • Education of people is the key.
  • We need to admit to ourselves that there is a problem.
  • Big business is the problem.
  • Fossil Fuel is the problem.
  • We need to work locally.
  • We have to create global citizens.
  • We need to create political will.
  • We need to stand together. 

My contribution is placed at Oct 25th and reads as follows

The people and planet have many dire problems. We must accept that there is only one key with which to effectively tackle these problems. We have given the scientists, corporations, politicians, and the UN, the opportunity at resolving the global social/ecological crisis; now it is the people’s turn to step directly into the process in a more effective way.
From the Rio Earth Summit/1992, until now, we’ve seen little meaningful progress. We must ultimately react more quickly and resolutely.
We know the issues; we have unlimited knowledge accumulated within several million NGO data bases; we have the means and knowhow to communicate globally; we know the power of social media.
We are fragmented and all trying to be heard in our various political systems which are unfortunately highly influenced by powerful international market forces and are unreceptive to our concerns. It is indeed a bad situation in which the whole world shares, but it is not hopeless. Collectively we can propose and significantly influence meaningful changes if we can simply get organized into a cohesive, worldwide movement and —
• Develop a social media site dedicated solely to social/environmental issues.
• Incorporate multi-language capabilities to communicate with the world.
• Categorize all social/ecological issues into manageable groups (26 Max)
• Prioritize the issues in each category through debate and consensus and put them into a 20/25 year plan.
• Use the new site, and/or allied sites, to put the issues to the world`s people for approval in a logical format with a consistent approach. (I.e. One issue in each category every two weeks equals the addressing of 26 separate issues per year)
• Forward the duly considered petition, with the names of the signatories, concurrently to the legislatures of all nations, as this is a crucial worldwide emergency that affects everything.
• Require every category unreservedly to have equal weight and equal opportunity to put its particular issues to the public for debate and consideration each year in its turn.
• Accept that time is our unforgiving enemy.

If I can condense my contribution into a few words it would be – “A long range plan to address all 26 categories of problems”

All proceeds from the book go to charity.

 

You are the key

You are the key

To make a better world we need to establish just two things. One – we need to ascertain what has to be done and two – we need to ascertain who is responsible for making it all happen.

If we systematically list all of our concerns and then put them into categories we will find that we then know what has to be fixed, and then we can prepare a plan. Later on, we can prioritize the list into a comprehensive 25 or 30 year plan.

If we look to whom is responsible for the dire mess we are in, we will surely see that we need to look elsewhere for a solution. It is not hard to find the answer as it is ultimately you and I who are the key. That is, you and I, and all like-minded people worldwide.

As an example, let’s assume that in step one we decided that PLASTIC was a category that needed to be addressed. If you watched today’s news regarded the pollution of the oceans with plastic you might agree that this would be a suitable, and essential, category. The newscaster suggested that the problem lies in the world’s recycling and waste management programs. This is a grave error in reasonable thought as plastic and the manufacturing in plastic is the problem itself. It is a problem so destructive that it threatens every aspect of all that exists.

Can we eliminate all manufacturing in plastic? – Not realistically or likely! Can we eliminate manufacturing of drinking straws in plastic? Why not? Using waxed paper straws would not diminish my lifestyle at all, but it would be a small step for correcting earth’s ecosystem.

Using the above logic, after demanding “No manufacturing of plastic straws” we could demand “No manufacturing of citrus, onion and garlic bags.” Manufacturers and suppliers could revert back to twisted paper code bags. My life style would not be diminished.

As you will note, we would prioritize the problems. We could put the “no brainer” ones first and gradually add the more difficult ones as the movement grows.

Next might come “No excess plastic may be used as fillers in packaging of food stuffs”. My life style would not be diminished.

As we progress we might demand “No manufacturing of toys in plastic”. Kids would still have toys to play with, as manufacturers look to alternative material. Life would not be diminished what-so-ever.

Let’s try tackling something that might be more contentious. “No packaging of toothpaste in plastic tubes” I’m not sure that this could ever be accomplished but really, if my tooth paste came in powder form in a little tinned or cardboard container I’m sure I could survive. Also, more than one billion tubes would be essentially removed from the ecosystem each and every year, forever and ever. (Imagine the number of albatross that might survive because there were fewer plastic caps to feed (and kill) their fledgling offspring)

Here are a few more (you are welcome to offer more.) “No plastic in razor manufacturing”, “No plastic coat hangers”, “No plastic stickers on fruit and vegetables”, “No plastic inserts in bottles”, “No injection molded chairs” etc. Again my life style would not be diminished.

In this exercise, I have addressed only one category of problems and only a few issues within said category. Altogether, I suggest 26 categories be used in this plan so that one of the 26 categories would put forward one issue, to the public, for consideration, each and every year. Over the course of one year all 26 categories would demand action on one issue. They would have their chance to gain public support and action in this first ever exercise in worldwide participatory democratic action.

In summary you are the solution to the problem. Your participation, your opinions, your input, your voice added to one larger worldwide voice will be the key to turning things around. We can make a difference.

If you would like to write a paper on any category of your choosing let me know. Together we can formulate an all-encompassing plan.

Sincerely – Matt Foster world att golden dott net

 

The ‘Stupid’ Albatross

The ‘Stupid’ Albatross

There is a heartbreaking video on YouTube web that shows the plight of the splendid albatross on Midway Island. See – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozBE-ZPw18c

The parent birds comb the ocean for food for their chicks. They pick up our discarded plastic waste and bring it all to the nest to disgorge into the waiting beaks of their offspring. Of course the chicks wither and die agonizing deaths when the ‘food’ provides no nourishment and clogs their collective digestive systems. The unfortunate chicks rot in the sun and the released plastic returns to the environment to potentially kill again and again. We may well think about how unfortunate it is that these ‘stupid’ birds cannot learn from this cause and effect experience.

This unfortunately is but one example, with one single species, but it plays out similarly with many fish, turtles, mammals and birds – E.g. Pick up coloured plastic waste – eat it or feed offspring – consumer dies – slow erosion of the species – eventual extinction – poor stupid creatures!

Of course the ‘stupid’ albatross will never learn from the experience as it is beyond its ability. Only we ‘advanced and evolved’ humans have the capability to reason out this simple cause and effect equation and resolve it. However, we humans appear to be as helpless and as unwise as the lowly albatross. If we examine this plastic crisis, we know without a doubt, that we are headed for certain disaster. We however expand our use of plastic at a horrendous rate and (like the ‘stupid’ albatross) we feed it our planet, and every organism upon it, at an ever increasing rate. We then fly off, again and again, to purchase more to use, discard, corrupt, poison and kill.

Before you shrug your shoulders and say “it’s not my fault, and I cannot do anything about it” let me suggest that you can do something, and that you must do something.

First have a look at the ideas expressed at http://civismundi.net Read closely and if you think there is any merit in the basic ideas, then ask your friends to help debate, refine, and expand them.

Only when we categorize the whole range of problems; list the issues under the headings; prioritize the issues into a long range plan of at least 25 years; unit the people worldwide under a common banner with a common mission to resolve the issues one by one; resolve to make our elected politicians represent our collective interests; stand united in our resolve; only then will we make any headway.

Pass this on if you do nothing else. Show the world that we can do something tangible. Let’s create a worldwide movement that will put the common people in charge of our own destination and survival.

Remember that time, above all things, is now our greatest and unforgiving enemy.

Matt Foster – civis mundi

Toxicants

This page has been prepared by Matthew Foster. It will be regularly revised.

If you are knowledgeable on this topic or on any other please feel free to edit.

Toxicants

“Toxins love to get you while you’re young. Lead, mercury, second-hand smoke and sundry other environmental nasties do a lot more damage when tissue is immature, vulnerable and growing than when it’s mature and comparatively fixed.” Jeffrey Kluger

One group of toxins that our bodies must contend with are called endocrine disrupters. They can lock into our hormone receptors and, unlike natural hormones, they may never decay. A person may suffer their whole life because of the mixed messages these toxins carry – Matt Foster – Verdensborger

Preamble Considerations

But first a question: Do you think that the time has passed for writing about it, reading about it and talking about it and time to collectively do something real and tangible? That is what this idea of Civis Mundi is all about!

There is grave concern growing about the rapid and unrestricted use of chemicals. The synthetic compounds are contaminating water, soil, wildlife, and even humans causing severe health problems.

Here are some of the problems with both toxins and toxicants

There is egg shell thinning, cancer, reproduction problems, neurobehavioral problems, immune system problems, die offs in wildlife, and a host of other concerns. The problems are especially pronounced in top-of-the-food-chain predatory species that eat other contaminated animals and concentrate the chemicals.

Within an organism, unseen electrical and chemical signals dominate. The pulses and molecules facilitate communication inside a cell, between cells, and among organs and body systems. In people and vertebrate animals, the endocrine, nervous, and immune systems use chemical messengers, such as hormones and enzymes, to regulate body function, control behavior, and integrate hormone, brain, immune and other body systems.

Our first global petition might look something like this: 

Directed To: The governments of all 196 countries of earth. 

 “We the citizens of this planet, request that those elected to represent the interests of the environment and the welfare of all citizens, immediately ban the use of tritium in any product.” – Of course it would be great if we could ban all of the toxins/toxicants with one worldwide treaty but it would be wiser to pick on something easier to start with.

 

The next 24 year petitions could draw from the following:

  • The list below will expand and be edited if you care to input.
  • Hormone mimicking chemicals
  • Oestradiol mimicking compounds
  • Dental amalgam pollution – Mercury and Minimoto disease
  • Lead pollution
  • Pesticide chemicals
  • Depleted uranium usage and contamination
  • Gasoline additive problems
  • Tritium filled lighting
  • Herbicides
  • Pressure treated wood
  • CFC, PAH, DDT
  • Thalidomide
  • Growth hormones
  • 80,000 synthetic chemicals,
  • PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)
  • Methyl parathion in pesticide
  • Phthalates as found in plastic wrap, plastic bottles, and plastic food storage containers.
  • VOCs (volatile organic compounds) – such as formaldehyde; can be found in drinking water and sewage systems.
  • Dioxins chemical compounds Asbestos is found in the insulation of flows, ceilings, water pipes, and heating ducts.
  • Heavy metals include arsenic, mercury, lead, aluminum, and cadmium,
  • Chloroform
  • Chlorine
  • Phosphates
  • Detergents
  • Hair dye
  • Drugs in birth control pills

 

Video links by others (What are you suggestions?)

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Groups reporting on this category (what are your suggestions?)

It would help if you considered some of these ideas

Tulane University paper http://e.hormone.tulane.edu/learning/docking-receptor-binding.html

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?

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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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