Centre for Change in the Third Millennium

 

by Michael Ellis

 
 

Chairman, Convener and Co-Founder
Medical Practitioner, Futurist and Peace Worker
P.O. Box 43 KALORAMA VIC 3766 AUSTRALIA

Telephone: (613) 9803 9878
Fax/Tel: (613) 9728 6013
Mobile: (0414) 543 397

Email: mindquest@ozemail.com.au 

US Office: Pastor Randall Denton
Vice-Chairman

Global Conference Consultant
Email: randspirit@aol.com

US Office: George Besch
Vice-Chairman

gbeschconsultant@yahoo.com

Russian Office : Dr Pavel Kasyanov
Vice-Chairman

President of the Russian Society for Ecological
Economicsp.kasyanov@frecom.ru
www.centreforchange.org

Executive Team International Executive Committee The Working Group
(Melbourne)

Dr. Michael Ellis

Ds Jager  Holly

Pastor Randall Denton

Dr Pavel Kasyanov

Lesley Pocock

Dr George Besch

Professor Avni Sali’

Darren Curtis

Bradley Pitt

Dr James Hurtak

Dr Deepak Chopra

Dr Mark Cohen

Dr Desmond Berghofer

Dr Keith Suter

Ms Julia Morton Marr

Dr Russell De Souza

Bob Phelps

Marija Hampton

Dr Michael Ellis

Dr Jager Holly

Christine Hooper

Anna Kumashov

Bradley Pitt

James Chen


We travel together, passengers on a little space ship, dependent on its vulnerable resources of air and soil;  all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the work, the care and, I will say, the love we give our fragile craft.  We cannot maintain it half fortunate and half miserable, half confident and half despairing, half slave to the ancient enemies of man, half free in a liberation of resources undreamed of until this day.  No craft, no crew, can travel safely with such contradictions. On their resolution depends the survival of us all.



The Centre for Change


The Centre for Change in the Third Millennium is an open forum and ongoing dialogue for humankind on key issues affecting sustainable survival and the search for solutions.  It is a global ‘think tank’, a global ‘watershed, bringing together humanity’s most inspired and creative thinking –a convergence of the spiritual, scientific and humanistic.  The aim is the creation of a planetary ‘peace culture’.


A New Paradigm Integrating Ecology and Technology

The Centre for Change expresses a new paradigm, encompassing a consciousness of oneness in which all life maintains itself at the expense of everything else.In other words we are all connected – not separate. The big turning is an integration of the human being with ecology and technology.  We need to see ourselves as inextricably connected---mind, body, spirit, society, environment in which we take a holistic approach to ourselves and our relationship with society and the environment.

The Centre for Change sees the health of an individual in society as tied up and inextricably related to human rights, human justice, lifestyle change, reduction of stress and the fundamental conditions for resources and health including peace, shelter, education, food, income, a stable eco-system, sustainable resources, social justice and equity.

The aim of The Centre For Change is to promote a renaissance in conscience, consciousness and ethics, which sees the dignity of the human psyche as paramount. The Centre challenges entrenched, conservative, restrictive approaches and over specialization seeing our Global Problems as being interrelated and interconnected. The Centre promotes unity within diversity and enquires into the cause of dis-function within our Global and Australian society whether it be in the context of individuals, societies, communities, governments or the environment itself.  It is open-minded in its enquiry and seeks comprehensive solutions.


Damage to the environment

The damage we are doing to ourselves and our environment was described in the first Conference Earth and recent United Nations conferences. The planet’s capacity to support people has been irreversibly reduced in both developing and developed countries and the resource base of major industries is shrinking. Arable lands and forests are being decreased at an alarming rate, as is the genetic diversity of plants and animals. In Europe, forests are being destroyed by acid rain. The effect on trees is only the tip of the iceberg. Industrial pollution (from sulfur, nitrogen, heavy metals, etc.) is poisoning our soil and even our water supplies are endangering human health.

The current population of the world amounts to about 6 billion people, and this will probably rise by 4 billion to 10 billion in the next 20 years, giving rise to enormous problems of maintaining even a minimum standard of health and subsistence in vast areas. Even at present, there are 0.5 billion in the world who are underfed, 1 billion who are illiterate, 1.5 billion who do not have adequate medical care, and a billion who do not have adequate housing. This problem of deprivation is further magnified by the millions of refugees and the degree of unemployment in the world.

The arms race throughout the world causes an enormous strain on resources. The approximate cost of armaments for 2002 are estimated at over several trillion dollars.  In the world today, there is one soldier for every 43 people and only one doctor for thousands of people. Every two seconds a child dies - a victim of avoidable disease - whilst another is bound to be damaged, physically and emotionally, for life.


Objectives

The aim is to create a new kind of human being who is aware of her or his significance, value and worth, and is able to contribute constructively and creatively in a co-operative way to the well-bring of the whole planet in order that we may have sustainable survival.  We suggest that some of these objectives are already being achieved in numerous ways, but with no cohesion or alliance.

The new vision of reality requires us to review our origins, the nature of evolution and the basic cause behind the need for healing of the individual, society and the planet.

The suggested process involves:

  • The creation of a planetary peace culture
  • The creation of a healing culture involving an integrative medicine
  • The use of innovative forms of education
  • Our understanding of the power of the human potential
  • The power of the mind to devise appropriate technologies
  • The communication technology and the media

When we realise that human suffering in the developing world diminishes us in the developed world, in tangible and intangible ways, we are more likely to decide to help rather than hinder. But this realisation can only come through understanding the nature of human relationships. Once the intention is created on a heartfelt basis, and it is decided in our hearts that we wish to co-operate with each other, and nation with nation, then the problems of the world can be solved.  By a wiser and more equitable distribution of medical and other resources and by putting the eco into economics, i.e. persuading governments that it makes economic as well as ecological sense to develop environmental protection programs, we can reverse the trend towards the ultimate destruction of our essential means for survival on our planet.


The Developing World

Empowerment is required, particularly in the developing world to enable individuals and communities to have education, literacy and creativity to help themselves through their own ideas and actions.

The approach should address physical development aspects such as nutrition, safe drinking water, healthcare, technology, and a stable environment supporting life.  In Indigenous areas, traditional medicine and healthcare should be preserved and researched.  Locally available raw materials and sustainable agricultural practices should be used.  Cooking and heating facilities should be enhanced.

Educational systems should encourage the protection of the environment and areas of historical and cultural interest as well as schemes for flood and pest control and disaster mitigation.

Women’s education and gender equity should be given priority.  Literacy skills should be enhanced in order that technical skills may be enriched in terms of craftsmanship and entrepreneurship.


Method

The group will re-appraise what is means to be a human being in positive terms, which recognize being needs – e.g., being creative, whole, alive, self-sufficient – as well as deficiency needs – e.g., for food, clean water, primary health care and shelter.  In a world so dangerous, the group believes that the only way to be is open, constructive, peace-loving and responsible and rejects the idea that the human being is inherently evil, destructive and untrustworthy.

The Centre for Change will study and promote a genuinely holistic approach to social, economic, political, health and ecological problems.  The Group will study and promote ancient and universal wisdoms concerning the meaning of life and the nature of humanity.

The group will promulgate a new human agenda, including the humanisation of educational systems, the fair distribution of medical resources throughout the world and the abolition of poverty.  It will also promote the safeguarding of personal freedoms, the creation of an open, caring society and the encouragement of scientific, cultural and citizen exchanges between all countries, East and West, North and South.  It will call for the creation of the conditions necessary for a sustainable peace and health for all in the third millennium, including the establishment of a steady state eco-relationship with planetary resources, the protection of species diversity and populations, the removal of all toxins, waste and radiation hazards from the environment that threaten the health of the planet, and the abolition of all nuclear weapons.

The Centre for Change will show no political bias, but will support all plans, from whatever quarter, for implementing its aims.  People of all political persuasions will be welcomed to the group’s deliberations.

The group will serve as a catalyst group of “think-tank” for all other sympathetic groups.  The Centre for Change will encourage an openness of dialogue irrespective of class, race, politics or philosophy.

The group will offer a resource centre (and later, local resource centres) where it will share relevant skills, information about new thinking and about the activities and opportunities offered by other groups concerned with the peace and health of the world.

The Centre for Change is in agreement with the World Social Forum (held in Porta Alegre, Brazil, 2002) that the “Global Commons“ should be public common property protected in perpetuity from privatization and commodification. Such areas include the worlds genetic and biological heritage, basic needs like water, the atmosphere (to prevent carbon trading to tackle climatic change), public services (particularly health and education), the airwaves and the land.

Conclusion

On social, environmental and health fronts we are confronting a critical transition. We are facing the results of an epistemology which focuses on material and rational values, human supremacy and competition for domination. Will this transition be into chaos and destruction or will it be into the new paradigm based on spiritual, ecological connectedness and cooperation.

The Centre for Change aims to contribute towards this next great global step – The Final Frontier, acknowledging the common ground of humanity and its connectedness with all life.

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