THE COMMONWEALTH FOR EARTH & HUMANITY
seeks to create a New Story for humanity and Earth.
From a CEH Trustee...
“We often hear that humanity is at a critical decision point: either we take on the mantel of planetary curator and take conscious, purposeful, intentional action to safeguard life
and the conditions for life on Earth, or we slip into the role of planetary home-wrecker through myopic self-interest and willing ignorance of the damage we do. But it is not enough just to point out this situation or to lament it. There are all too few initiatives that actually seek to address this fundamentally existential concern. The Commonwealth for Earth & Humanity (CEH) is a bold initiative that seeks to do just that.
As Charles Dudley Warner observed, 'Everybody complains about the weather,
but nobody does anything about it,' to which Don Beck has a most fitting admonition:
‘No more prizes for forecasting the rain; only prizes for building the ark.’
CEH is one such ark, but it needs to be built, and that will take courage, vision, participation, and collaboration. The time is nigh. The time is now.”
Dr. Alexander Laszlo, President
The Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science
W H A T
The Commonwealth for Earth & Humanity
works to create:
Global Demilitarization through National Military Budget Reductions
of 5% a year
to be used for spending on
Earthcare, Human Development, Social Stabilization and Infrastructure
Enlightened People, Thriving Families, Creative Communities,
Worker-Owned Cooperatives, Regional Integrated Cooperation,
International Peace and a Sustainable Planet
W H Y
Many corporations are destroying the planet by not accounting for “externalities” that push the cost of products off the corporate balance sheet, onto the public to clean-up.
are heating the air and water, causing ice to melt and rising sea levels.
(expanded polystyrene) takes 500 years to forever to decompose, filled up 30 percent of landfill space that is fast becoming full, and sickens and kills animals and fish.
If a product is unsafe for the environment humans depend on for survival,
it should not be produced.
This process is destroying the biosphere for future generations.
Humans may be extinct in 200 years or less.
3. HYPER-FINANCIAL CAPITALISM
Capitalism grew from Feudalism to Agrarian Capitalism, to Industrial Capitalism, to now Financial Capitalism.
Today, only 30% of the world benefit significantly through capitalism.
Today, the top 30% of humanity own 97% of world wealth.
With electronic-financial capitalism, a multi-billionaire who invests a billion dollars, at a 10% return-on-investment in a hedge fund,
can make $100,000,000 a year by doing nothing,
and adding no value to the world.
For the super-rich, wealth is growing at super-speed.
As their wealth grows, they pay more for goods and services (such as housing), harming the 70% who grow relatively poorer due to rising prices and stagnant income. As shareholder and CEO wealth rise, and worker wealth remains flat, “the rich grow richer, and the poor grow poorer” has never been truer.
4. STARVING CIVILIZATION
Vast wealth is then taken off-shore, avoiding taxes,
needed to pay for Earth care, human development, social services and
and needed infrastructure. See the Panama Papers, an investigation revealing the offshore links of some of the world’s most prominent leaders, criminals and celebrities.
5. VIOLENCE & POVERTY CAUSING GLOBAL MIGRATION
People are fleeing violence and poverty all around the world.
What is causing this? When a small business gets started in these countries,
criminals may tell a business owner if they don't give them $1,500 each month
in extortion fees, they will kill a relative. This local violence, civil and international wars, and the joblessness that follows, drive global migration.
Local and national government corruption of leaders, the military, police
and bureaucrats, by organized criminals and drug gangs, need
National Anti-Corruption Commissions to eradicate corruption,
to help create sustainable economies in these nations.
6. THE NEED FOR GLOBAL DEMILITARIZATION
In the United Nations, all Permanent Members of the Security Council
compete to sell weapons for profit, fostering violence and war,
massive migration, arrival-country destabilization, hatred of immigrants
and the rise of reactionary politics worldwide.
Nine of the world’s top ten arms exporters sat on the
United Nations Security Council between mid-2016 and mid-2018. They have turned the UN into an arms bazaar.
Over 3.5 trillion dollars a year is spent on
global military, espionage, surveillance, clandestine operations,
police and prisons to control humanity,
using-up scarce resources needed for
Earthcare and Humancare.
We need GLOBAL DEMILITARIZATION
if we are to create a
SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC SYSTEM
EARTH SYSTEMS WELLNESS.
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