Specific Global Issues - Crisis Between Rich
There are now 6 billion people on this planet,
compared to 1.5 billion at the start of 1900. Three in every five
people are hungry and very poor if current trends persist. The crisis
between rich and poor causes increasing enmity. The increasing population
leads to further degradation of the environment. Priority must be
given to stabilising and reducing the population, and therefore
the demand on world resources, by the use of family planning and
A Global Crisis of Social Values
The global crisis is symptomatic of the inadequacies
of our social values. Ethical and moral value systems have not evolved
swiftly enough to keep up with technological inventiveness, thereby
keeping rampant greed in check. We are living through a crisis of
international relationships in which only a profound social epiphany,
leading to a paradigmatic shift unlike any other in history, can
save us from total self destruction.
We must re-appraise the way we define ourselves
and what it means to be a human being. We must re-examine and redefine
concepts of good and evil and how we apply them to ourselves. We
must stop valuing each other, and ourselves, by an unsteady hierarchical
system which instigates suspicion, defensiveness and secrecy. Instead,
we must develop an outlook of partnership and mutualism, whereby
the individual is encouraged to develop fully and then contribute
their unique abilities to the planet as part of a synergistic whole.
Environment and Resources
In the developing world a billion people live
below the hunger line. Many of these people are illiterate. Environmental
phenomena such as the greenhouse effect, climate change, ozone depletion
and acid rain are intricately interconnected. Technology developed
in the name of progress, and high resource and energy consumption
by the developed world, is at the root of the destruction of the
No threat is greater, no crisis more profound
to common humanity, than the threat of nuclear war. There are between
40,000 and 50,000 nuclear warheads in the world today - enough to
destroy sixty times Earth's population. Fifteen to twenty developing
countries will have nuclear capability by the end of this decade.
For a fraction of arms race spending, about several
hundred billion annually, sanitation and clean water could be supplied
to all the deprived peoples of the world. Wide spread diseases could
be prevented; schooling and medicine provided.
Education and Communication
People cannot live on beliefs, ideals and other
imponderables alone. They need food, work, education and satisfaction
of desires for themselves and their children. A sustainable society
will look at new ways of producing sustainable energy and sustainable
agriculture. A new global era implies the imbuing of education literacy
and life affirming values in every global citizen.
For too long the vast populations of our planet, through ignorance,
misinformation and silence, have been unable to understand the cause
- effect relationships between the real origins of their misfortunes
and the destruction of our planet.
Ingrained and elitist attitudes of governments and industries prevent
non-polluting, free energy producing systems and sustainable production
of food for all.
Economics and Politics
Social Political and Economic Transformation
Present economic, corporate and social policies
are largely inconsistent with viable, long term global development
and are being made without the vision of a viable global future
Structure of Relationship Between Developed
and Developing Nations
There exists a crisis in transferral of technology
and resources to the developing world. Further, there exists an
overwhelming Third World debt.
Two conditions must be satisfied before international
economic exchanges can become beneficial for all: the sustainability
of ecosystems on which the Global economy depends must be guaranteed,
and the economic partners must be satisfied that the basis of exchange
is equitable. For living standards to grow in order to alleviate
poverty, trends towards depressed commodity prices, protectionism,
intolerable debt burdens and declining flows of development finance
must be reversed.
Macro - Environmental Global Issues
The 1990s will see the largest number of children
ever born in a single decade (1.5 billion). 82% of children in the
world live in developing nations.
Every two seconds a child dies
A Planetary Culture
What is needed is a new international humanitarian
era based on the common ground of humanity - looking to life and
common humanism as the core value for a sustainable society. This
means not just human life. It means the whole spectrum of life that
creates the biosphere.
It is the consciousness of the ordinary global
citizen which can create an alternative plan and a New World Peace
Era for the planet.
A Planetary Culture implies science, technology,
healing relationships, economics, government and education seen
from the broadest perspective - not nation based, but global and
holistically based, stimulating new ways of thinking to enhance
our connectedness, and goes beyond isms and ideologies to recognising
the sacredness of all life. It implies the creation of new art,
literature and music, and the development of a life philosophy which
is based on the universal principles inherent in human activity