The name Blue Planet Club is chosen to bring
our focus toward the pale blue dot,
as planet Earth appears when seen from deep space. The pale blue dot name was suggested by
cosmologist Carl Sagan in hopes that the fragile appearance of humanity’s
only home may arouse within us the emotional and spiritual response need to
help us deal with the deteriorating state of our natural world.
the surface, the atmosphere and the oceans of our small blue planet the web
of life is sometimes referred to as Gaia, or Mother Nature. During the human evolutionary journey we
became the top predator. In the
relatively brief 250 year non-renewable fossil fuel era the top
predator has been able to populate virtually every land masses on Earth
while our populations have grown from about 1 billion to 7.6 billion.
period the extinction rate of our fellow species has increased by about the
same factor. Every day the
‘endangered’ list grows as the expanding human footprint continues to
fragment the Blue Planet’s web of
collective human-activity is far beyond the limits to growth on our small blue planet. ‘Growth’ has become endemic in our
industrial societies. Our corporations
measure success by their rate of ‘growth’ in economic gain for their
shareholders. Our governments
measure success as ‘growth’ in human-activity – more jobs, more people and
more resource and energy throughput. And ‘Growth’ in human population is
encouraged by some religions.
That we need a change in the nature of human governance is not
a new idea:
The industrial context in
which we presently function cannot be changed significantly in the
immediate future. Our immediate
survival is bound up in this context, with all its benefits as well as its
destructive aspects. What is needed, however, is a comprehensive change in
the control and direction of the energies available to us. Most of all we need to alter our
commitment from an industrial wonderland achieved by plundering processes
to an integral Earth community based on a mutual enhancing human-earth
relationship. This move from an
anthropocentric sense of reality and values to a biocentric norm is
Thomas Berry – ‘88 Dream of the Earth
Today’s independent national governments fail to respond to
our global crisis. Why?
There is no salvation for civilization, or even
the human race, other than by the creation of a world government.
Einstein’s comment suggests that creation of a Blue Planet Government is what we
Today there is a growing sense of ecological grief that has
helped spawn the thousands of rivers of Non-Governmental change Organizations
(NGOs) each attempting to bring corrective change to one or another of the
vast array of global issue that confront us. Could these rivers of change converge
into a comprehensive sea-change?
Presuming there could be such a convergence, the next page
provides a sketch of a model system of governance that might emerge after a
chaotic period of paradigm change.
The sketch is based on many diverse building blocks that have been
put forward by several of today’s concerned NGOs.
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