- We are citizens of Planet Earth.
- A global problem is the whole planet’s problem, no matter where on earth it
- The welfare of Planet Earth, as a whole, is more important than the welfare of any
- We need political institutions to solve global problems.
Imagine how you would survive on 1/20th of your income the way a person in the third world must.
- Pollutants created anywhere on earth show up everywhere. We all live in one
- Despite vaccines that ensure child survival, the third world birth rates remain
high. Religious leaders demand still more fecundity.
- Many political leaders ignore ecology because they are focused on short-term
- It is now possible to carry an atomic bomb in a suitcase, or to bring the Internet
to its knees from a PC (Personal Computer) in Bulgaria. A
technological society is highly vulnerable to terrorism.
- Terrorists are brainwashed to perform their insane acts. The world deserves the
right to interfere with such brainwashing. Freedom of religion is not
- Terrorists can exploit the airline security of the laxest country. We need uniform
- Terrorists can threaten to kill us and our families. All the countries of earth
must be compelled by law to stop them.
- The deeds of terrorists often go unpunished. We cannot allow terrorists to hide in
protected enclaves anywhere on earth. It takes only one rogue nation to provide safe
haven for them. The world will not be safe from terrorism until all the nations of the
world agree to co-operate.
- Even with the drastic measure of killing healthy livestock, Britain had great
difficulty bringing the hoof and mouth epidemic under control. It would be even more
difficult to control a human epidemic. Airlines allow new diseases to travel around the
earth in hours.
- When the US Immigration service discovers a person coming into the USA infected
with tuberculosis, they immediately put them in strict isolation. Yet 1/3 of all people
in the third world are infected with TB (Tuberculosis),
and American tourists mingle with them, sometimes quite intimately, every day.
- The most effective way to control disease is to wipe it out globally. Polio and
malaria continue to stalk the planet even though we had the technology to wipe them out
decades ago. We made the mistake of leaving pockets of infection to fester.
- It costs $275 to cure a case of leprosy. It costs
$0.60 to cure river blindness, yet most of the people who
have these diseases cannot afford the cures. Our economic system does not provide
baseline medical coverage for all.
Take the year a country first reaches 50% literacy and add
one or two generations to allow the idea to sink in and, democracy, more or less
Out of economic advantage, (e.g. to get cheap oil) democracies often support
dictatorships. Dictatorships should be discouraged because they are:
~ Gwynne Dyer (1943-04-17 age:75)
If a dictator took over your country, surely you would want your neighbours to help
get rid of him. Democracies should work non-violently to eliminate all the remaining
dictatorships, e.g. through literacy programs and trade sanctions. Theocracies, which
look somewhat like dictatorships, would require democratic ratification.
- much more likely that democracies to start wars.
- suppressing their citizens.
- more likely to behave in ways that are planetarily irresponsible.
- We humans tend to act as if we were owners of Planet Earth. Some of our religions
foster this naïve view.
- Other species have just as much right to live here as us. At a bare minimum, we
must stop destroying the habitat of plants and animals. Extinction is Planetary
- We treat the oceans as a giant sewer. That is no way to treat the dolphins and whales, or ourselves,
since we too feast on the bounty of the sea.
Fourth Level of Government
To handle global problems we need global institutions.
In the USA and Canada we have three levels of government.
Sometime there is another level between municipal and state/provincial called county
or region. Each level has its exclusive areas of responsibility.
- Municipal to deal with sewers, roads, public
- State/Provincial to deal with education, tourism, welfare,
- Federal to deal with external affairs, immigration, defense,
criminal law, money supply…
We need to extend to a fourth level, that would not meddle in the affairs of the
existing three levels, that handles global problems such as ecology, waste management,
inter-country conflicts, aviation rules, terrorism and disease control.
It would work like the American system of checks and balances with a with a president,
senate and congress. Even a giant global bureaucracy could not be as short sighted and
blind as the system we have now where each country cares only for its national interest
at the expense of everyone else.
People are often afraid of a new level. This mirrors the suspicion of the original
thirteen American colonies considering federating. Today, the benefits to creating
America are obvious and the drawbacks don’t seem all that dreadful, but back in
1776, the founding fathers had serious doubts.
I love my town;I love my country; I love my planet.
- We have tried theocracies. They lead to the dark ages and the Spanish
- We have tried anarchy. It leads to chaos.
- We have tried the UN (United Nations). It is not democratic and it has no teeth. It runs by
rule of men rather than rule of law.
- Let’s give a fourth level of government a try.