Humankind has reached
a state of development in which old modes of thinking and behaving
threaten to destroy our planet. We can either view our present situation
as one which can be repaired through cosmetic surgery, with arms
agreements and so on, or we can see it as a turning point in history
and an opportunity and challenge to create a better world through
reappraisal of what it means to be a human being in harmony with
Global Citizens for Peace rejects the idea that
the human being is inherently evil, destructive and untrustworthy
and believes the time has come to get the heart, head and hand
working together to create new ways of thinking, being, communicating
and acting. To speak from the heart means to end the domination
of cerebral manipulative thinking.
Thirty two thousand nuclear weapons with a destructive
force equivalent to several thousand megatons of conventional
explosives are still deployed. The risk of nuclear war by accident
may have increased and new threats include war between newly declared
- weapon states and the construction by terrorist groups by crude
but effective devices. It is not enough to remove nuclear weapons.
We must remove the ideas, the obsolete thinking, that created
them in the first place, and replace them with new attitudes based
on respect, co-operation and understanding. As a UNICEF declaration
puts it, "If wars are started in the minds of men, then peace
must be reconstructed in the minds of men".
We are treating our planet in the same way as
we treat ourselves, with no kind of respect. Every day we hear
of some new ecological disaster. Climate change is one of the
greatest environmental, social and economic threats facing the
The warming of the climate system is unequivocal,
as is now evident from observations of increases in global average
air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice,
and rising global mean sea level. The tropical rain forests and
huge tracts of woodland are either being chopped down or destroyed
by acid rain with disastrous effects on the health of the planet
. Arable lands and the genetic diversity of plants and animals
are disappearing at an alarming rate equivalent to a sixth phase
extinction of the biosphere
Global Citizens for Peace believes that it is
our thinking that has got us into such a mess and proposes developing
a new paradigm - a new vision of reality which will bring about
a profound change in our thoughts, perceptions and values.
Aims and Activities
Global Citizens for Peace is an association
of committed individuals of good will who seek new ways of thinking,
being, relating, communicating and acting, embracing all levels
of living and working together, in the home and the workplace
and in national and international politics, that will eliminate
the threat or us of violence as an instrument of policy in international
relations and the exploitations of the environment for short-term
The mission of the organization of Global Citizens
for Peace is to move this realization from the margins of our
political dialogue to its rightful, central place within our national
and international understanding. The humanitarian impulse to foster
brotherhood and justice is not just a utopian ideal; it is an
issue critical to world security and wellbeing.
Our aim is also to initiate the formation of
a Commission for Peace and Non Violence in Australia. Domestically,
the Commission for Peace and Non Violence will develop policies
and allocate resources to effectively reduce the levels of domestic
and gang violence, child abuse, and various other forms of societal
discord. Internationally, the Department will advise Parliament
on the most sophisticated ideas and techniques regarding peace-creation
Global Citizens for Peace will re-appraise what
it means to be a human being in positive terms, such as the state
of being creative, whole, alive and self-sufficient. It also aims
to examine such primary needs as the need for food, clean water,
primary health care and shelter. In a world so dangerous, Global
Citizens for Peace 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.
Global Citizens for Peace will study and promote
a genuinely holistic approach to social, economic, political,
health and ecological problems.
Global Citizens for Peace will study the nature
of life and consciousness and their relationships to each other.
Global Citizens for Peace will investigate and
look to solutions for a new human agenda, including the humanization
of educational systems, the fair distribution of medical resources
throughout the world, the abolition of poverty, the safeguarding
of personal freedoms, the creation of an open, caring society,
the East and West, North and South, and 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 toxin, waste and radiation
hazards from the environment that threatens the health of the
planet, and the abolition of all nuclear weapons.
Global Citizens for Peace will not commit itself
to any political or religious ideology. It will be open to all
suggestions from whatever quarter, consistent with its aims. People
of all political persuasions will be welcomed into Global Citizens
for Peace's deliberation.
Global Citizens for Peace will serve as a catalyst
group or "think tank" for all other sympathetic groups.
Global Citizens for Peace will encourage an
openness of dialogue irrespective of class, race, politics or
Global Citizens for Peace will offer a resource
center (and later, local resource centers) 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.
"I am interested in your concept. You seem
to be seeking a combination of Niels Bohr's 'openness' between
individuals and between nations, with Einstein's conviction that
'we cannot solve the problems of the world with mechanisms, but
only by changing the hearts and minds of men and speaking courageously'.
Their concern was with life as a whole, an earth, as expressed
in the concept 'Gaia', and especially with the attitudes of homo
sapiens towards the planet."
"Love alone is capable of uniting living
beings is such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone
takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves. Understanding,
co-operation and love are the keys to human survival."
'We cannot solve the problems of the world
with mechanisms, but only by changing the hearts and minds of
men and speaking courageously'.
The highest wisdom has but one science
- the science of the whole - the science explaining the whole
creation and man's place in it.