Blue Planet Governance Alliance
Note: The main body of
this text is a short story with significant reference data linked in the Appendix,
which also provides external web references.
Today there is no
governing body capable of avoiding the collapse of civilization. Even though this event was forecast
several decades ago, national leaders who recognized the human predicament
acknowledge that they could not stop it.
Even the United Nations (UN) could not stop it. Our ‘growth’ oriented capitalist-driven
governments simply cannot respond to apparent ‘limits to growth’ because
our elected leaders feel that they would be thrown out of office by voters
if they were to begin implementation of the social and economic changes
needed to respond to today’s biophysical and energy realities. There is a
section in the appendix providing reference material about the information
in this paragraph under, Limits to Growth.
two other compounding issues:
Because of the complex global interactions
in trade and commerce, no individual national government could act alone. The UN cannot act as a global government
because a few large nations have veto powers.
It is most unlikely that elected
politicians would have the technical expertise to make wise decisions in
all of the diverse areas that comprise both ‘civilization’ and the dynamic
systems of Gaia - the cradle of life.
We cannot forecast whether the economic system
will collapse first or if ecological deterioration will simply end the
possibility of human life on our small Blue Planet. As we personally witness the evidence of
global warming, many of us feel a growing sense of grief and
The Blue Planet Club is based on the hope
that prior to collapse of either the economic system or the ecological
system, there will be a window of opportunity for a convergence of
proactive global NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) to begin the
assembly of a constitution, a cornerstone document for a viable system of
global governance. But what would this elephant look like?
As in the parable
of The Blind Men and
the Elephant, most of today’s leading NGO rivers of change tend to focus on only one part of the elephant,
their specific area of expertise, and have yet to form an alliance as a
holistic group to define the whole elephant and its needs. Perhaps we could call such a group the Blue
Planet Governance Alliance (BPGA).
To encourage these NGO rivers of change to converge into a sea-change
in the way human affairs are managed on our small Blue Planet, in
this document we present an overview of a possible form of Blue Planet
This sketch is
rooted in decades of exploring the works of dozens of NGOs and wise
philosophers. It is within these
groups that we would find the expertise needed to develop the interactive
building blocks of the new form while the today’s Titanic model continues
to serve as a useable platform for development of a regional/global
life-boat infrastructure. NGOs need
to provide appropriate expertise in the study of: sociology; alternate
currencies; alternate economics; ecological footprint and other real-wealth measurements; biodiversity; energy - both fossil
and renewable sources; human population dynamics; atmospheric science;
social science; localization; eco-psychology and aboriginal 7th generational
thinking. Leaders in these disparate but
interrelated fields of thought would be needed to proceed within the spirit
of post-normal speculation.
Expertise in development of international
standards will also be
needed. As we proceed, it is
worthwhile to recall another quote by Albert Einstein:
We cannot solve problems with the same
thinking that created them.
Assembly of BioRegions
United Regions UR
Bank of Gaia
Optimum Human Population
Many more links to reference data in the
Fig. 1: Governance in the year 20XX +50 (XX = Paradigm Change)
A backcast - written as if from 50 years After Paradigm Change - year 050APC.
§ Figure 1 is simplified sketch of a dynamically
interactive global/regional human governance system capable of guiding
human civilization toward sustainable levels of human-activity within the limits of the once bountiful Gaian
systems of life on our small Blue Planet.
§ Along with many small nations, large nation states
have dissolved into significantly autonomous cooperative regional
governments - regions. Progressive paradigm change has enabled
regional governments to establish the chaordic organization
sketched above. The United Regions (UR) is designed to coordinate regional affairs
and to deal with global issues that are beyond the scope of any one
§ The UR scientists now monitor the state of the
world, the state of civilization, and regional and global real-wealth: This
information is used by the Bank of Gaia in order to regulate gross human-activity via control of the money
supply to each region. The total
wealth of each region is limited to its measured real-wealth
§ When a region’s Real Wealth is expressed
on a per capita basis, it becomes apparent that each individual’s wealth
is inversely proportional to the region’s human population level. This makes individual procreation
considerations a concern to all people of the region.
The long-term goal of the UR is to regulate each
region’s gross human activity until the global human ecological
footprint is less than 1:1 and there is a state of optimum human population to
sustain a thriving civilization
One purpose of the BPClub is to communicate
with leaders of key NGOs to encourage them to reach out to other NGOs to
work together as a Blue Planet Governance Alliance (BPGA) (or
whatever name they choose) to weave their individual threads in to the
fabric of a shadow United Regions and to begin development of the
documentation needed to define the role of each of the administrative
segments of the United Regions (UR).
purpose of the BPClub is to serve as an attractor, a place where the
general public can express their growing anxiety and ecological grief by showing support for the concept of a
better world, such as Blue Planet
membership is based on a simple endorsement of the statement that…:
I prefer the basic concept of Blue
Planet Governance to what exists today.
Go to endorsement page.
The BPClub makes no claim that a non-chaotic
paradigm change toward the Blue Planet Governance scenario can be
made. We simply present for readers'
consideration a prototype model, an envisioned system of global and
regional governance that would be dynamically responsive to real-world data. This proposal suggests a prototype for
those of the BPGA who will develop the model's details.
When they have refined the model, they
can then present this concept to the many regions of the world that are fertile for change today. Perhaps some of them
will initiate implementation of the processes in parallel with the Titanic
system for a while.
As envisioned, the Blue Planet
Governance model remains as close as systemically possible to
government structures that exist today, as recommended by the late
cyberneticist Stafford Beer. The
envisioned model is rooted in the study of human-nature, dynamic systems,
energy, and the state of the natural world. It recognizes the need for a
form of biophysical economics that can accommodate a realistic definition of
wealth - Real Wealth, as penned by Riane Eisler: Real Wealth is a measurement of a robust ecology and of the
general health and happiness of the people!
Details of the envisioned Blue
Planet Governance presented here are drawn from Section 4,
Envisioning in the booklet Paradigm Junction. The
opening sections provide the social, political and technical reasons for
the suggested model. Another chapter
describes how to develop and implement the needed form of biophysical
economics and how to create a digital form of money that operates like
today’s debit card.
1a: Energy is expended to make all things
1b: Any complex trading society requires a
form of money to facilitate the exchange of goods and services.
Therefore, monetary flow control can be seen as a regulator of
(Today this key regulator is in the hands of growth-driven commercial banks).
cannot manage what you do not measure.
Individual human behaviour is influenced mostly by family and local
concept of human rights is a
dangerous myth unless it is cradled in human
including responsible procreation.
One primary requirement of the UR is to
quantify the biophysical and social elements that represent real wealth as measured
within the global commons and in each region. The measurement of Real Wealth of
each region becomes the commodity basis for that region’s money supply. This brings population into the equation
of wealth per capita, making each region’s gross human population a
While the future is unknown it is
largely shaped by events of the past.
Today's and tomorrow's events will represent the past as seen from
50 years in the future. It can be
worthwhile to speculate on possible futures. Here are a few:
Possible Future 1: The Whimper ending: With no serious
effort to supplant the (Business As Usual) BAU ‘growth’ insanity, then the Limits to Growth scenario
remains as the most likely outcome.
Possible Future 2: The Bang ending: As energy and biophysical
resource shortages become critical, well-armed nations continue to invent
reasons for conflict leading to world nuclear war, accelerating our
trajectory toward the extinction of humans and most large animals.
3. Possible Future 3: The global Blue Planet Government
Alliance (BPGA) develops a functional model of the United
Regions and its various sections. They reach out to a few small nations
and to states with separatist aspirations who collectively agree to
the requirements to join the BPGA.
They begin using Gaia$, the commodity-based digital
currency, where each region’s amount of Gaia$ is dependent on that
region’s measured Real Wealth.
Now, with a realistic view of civilization’s footprint overshoot
known to all citizens, lifestyles soon shift toward low energy usage,
localized food sources and products designed to last for many years.
A few years later the world’s global banking system fails. This period of
chaos and die-off becomes known as Paradigm Junction.
In the ensuing chaos when conventional fiat debt-base dollars$
become worthless, the small bloc of relative stability within the Blub Planet
Governance group suddenly becomes attractive to more regions. When these regions adopt the requirements
of the United Regions (UR) they are allowed to enter the Blue
Planet Governance trading bloc.
Eventually most regions of the world begin to assess their
Real-Wealth and to exchange goods and services using the Bank of Gaia allotment of Gaia$.
By 50 years after paradigm change the original overgrowth and
die-off graphic produced in Limits To Growth
has taken a turn for the better as illustrated in a graphic of a modified Seneca cliff!
Here are a few features of the
social/economic/political scene in the year 050APC:
§ There is no
private ownership of land.
§ The lands,
forests and lakes of each region are under the stewardship of the regional
government, but can be leased to individuals or corporations.
§ The era of
male domination in governance is over as the female
voice now plays an equal role.
§ The United
Regions (UR) recommends that regions should
have a minimum wage for each adult and also a limited annual income.
§ A region’s total
money supply is generally expressed on a per capita basis.
§ Each region
has a branch of the Bank of Gaia. Since each region is provided with a
fixed number of Gaia$ ,
proportional to their Real Wealth assessment,
the bank monitors all transactions and accounts. This data is needed to regulate
inter-regional trade levels and requests for immigration and emigration.
governments are the only shareholders of all large interregional
§ There are
many local worker cooperatives and individual entrepreneurs.
§ Adult citizens of each region are issued a debit
card by the regional Bank of Gaia.
§ Regional governments implement measures to reduce human-activity as needed when their Regional Wealth Factor assessment shows a low Wealth
Factor per capita rating.
§ In year 050APC optimum population has not yet been reached and
civilization’s ecological footprint is still somewhat in
overshoot. But conditions are
While we do
not know with any certainty what the future will hold we do know that BAU
deficit sending of the small Blue
Plant’s fragile web will soon end.
If you prefer ‘possible future’ #3 in preference to either #1 or #2,
you can endorse this simple statement:
I prefer the basic concept of Blue
Planet Governance to what exists today.
…. Go to the endorsement page:
Are we ready to enact?
12, 1936, Winston Churchill grew so exasperated with the continuing failure
of Britain to prepare for Hitler’s onslaught that he charged in a speech to
the House of Commons: “The government simply cannot make up
their minds, or they cannot get the Prime Minister to make up his
mind. So they go on in strange
paradox, decide only to be undecided, resolve to be irresolute, adamant for
drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent... the era of
procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients of
delays, is coming to its close. In
its place we are entering a period of consequences.”
Appendix - Footnote links
These footnotes are in alphabetical order
providing data linked from the text above.
This section will be updated from time to time. Feedback about dead links or other
050APC : This refers to an envisioned desirable society 50 years After
Donella Meadows, one of
the MIT researchers in the Limits To Growth study, gave a keynote speech in 1994 to the International
Society for Ecological Economics. The abstract for her speech, quoted
in the Paradigm Junction, states that:
the most vital step in the policy process. If we don’t know where we want
to go, it makes little difference that we make great progress. Yet vision
is not only missing almost entirely from policy discussions; it is missing
from our whole culture. We talk about our fears, frustrations, and doubts
endlessly, but we talk only rarely and with embarrassment about our dreams.
Environmentalists have been especially ineffective in creating any shared
vision of the world they are working toward -- a sustainable world in which
people live within nature in a way that meets human needs while not
degrading natural systems. Hardly anyone can imagine that world, especially
not as a world they’d actively like to live in. The process of building a
responsible vision of a sustainable world is not a rational one. It comes
from values, not logic. Envisioning is a skill that can be developed, like
any other human skill. This paper indicates how.”
Attractor: The Wikipedia definition states: noun: 1: a person or thing
that attracts. 2: Physics: a state
or behavior toward which a dynamic system tends to evolve represented as a
point or orbit in the system's phase space.
The BPClub hopes to attract
individuals and organization that share a common bond of deep concern about
what the future appears to hold for us and the well-being of fellow species
on our small Blue Planet.
Backcast: Wickpedia: Backcasting is a planning method that starts with
defining a desirable future and then works backwards to identify policies
and programs that will connect that specified future to the present. The
fundamentals of the method were outlined by John B. Robinson from the
University of Waterloo in 1990. The fundamental question of backcasting asks: "If we want to attain a certain
goal, what actions must be taken to get there?''
Bank of Gaia:
In the envisioned Blue Planet Governance
scenario, the Bank of Gaia is closely associated with the United Regions (UR) that
provides the data needed for the Bank of Gaia to issue the commodity-based digital currency
to each of the regions of the world.
The ‘commodity’ in question represents the quantitative value of the
many elements that represent the Real-Wealth of the world, as
measured by both global and regional Wealth-Factors. Gaia$ is the name of the digital
currency issued by the Bank of Gaia.
Biophysical Economics : In a 2006 paper
C. Hall & K. Klitgaard
produced a paper: The
need for a biophysical economy. In the paper, they state that: More
fundamentally, some twenty years ago in the journal Science, Nobel prize
winner in economics Wassily Leontief found the
basic models of economics unable to advance in any perceptible way a
systematic understanding of the operation of a real economic system. Also note the
annual BioPhysical conference: https://www.isbpe.info/2018-conference
Blue Planet Club:
The concept for the Blue Planet Club emerged from discussions in an
internet chat group consisting of people from a wide range of specialty
fields such as sociology, technology, science, history, energy analysis,
education, ecology, population issues, economics and dynamic systems. The BPClub draws on the material in the Blue
Planet Governance proposal that was originally developed in the
web-based booklet called Paradigm Junction, written by one
of the members. Over the years, most
of the subjects in Paradigm Junction have been discussed in the chat
Blue Planet Governace
Alliance: (BPGA) We plan
to invite several leading NGOs to work together, as suggested in these
pages, in order to form an alliance to develop the infrastructure for a
sustainable system of global governance.
It appears that only such a group could begin to establish the
requisite network to assemble a comprehensive system of planetary
The suggested name is Blue
Planet Governance Alliance (BPGA).
Will they respond and create this alliance?
We will see what happens –
bearing in mind the wise words of Albert Einstein:
There is no
salvation for civilization, or even the human race,
other than by the creation of a world government.
An organization that has been created by autonomous entities to deal
with common issues outside the scope or mandate of any one of the
organizations. Historic examples
are: Competing/cooperative airlines of the world created an organization
called ARINC to establish common
technical standards for global aviation.
They also created ICAO, in conjunction with national
governments, to deal with issues associated with global
travel. A few competing banks
created the Visa organization to create a common credit card system:
Other banks formed Master Card.
In the 050APC scenario the largely
autonomous regions of the world have created the Unite Regions (UR) to deal
with the many matters of common interest that are outside the scope of any
one region. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaordic_organization
Civilization: For the purposes of the BPClub,
‘civilization’ refers to the interconnected world of trade and commerce
with the basic definition as in Websters on-line: a
relatively high level of cultural and technological development;
specifically: the stage of cultural development at which
writing and the keeping of written records is attained…. Or Websters ’89 hard
copy: a making of or becoming
civilized|| to endow with law and order and the conditions favorable
to the arts and sciences.
Today’s governance fails to meet the requirement
of ‘civilization’ because we ignoring the science that could guide us away
from the disaster forecast 50years ago in Limits To
Growth. We have already entered the period of
Remember the 2007 economic melt-down? This
bad mortgage Ponzi-like scheme was caused by bank greed coupled with
short-term thinking. The errant
banks had to be bailed out and the problem was not/could/not be fixed because the banks controlled the money system
and are therefore an essential part of the operation of civilization.
Because the issues have never been corrected, the systemic weakness
remains. The expression banks are
too big to fail has become common.
means one commodity in
exchange for another commodity. Later there were tokens (money) that represented
the value of a commodity, such as gold.
But gold has now been taken out of the process in a move that
created debt-based currency, as explained below.
Currency Debt-based: Today’s world operates on the debt-based system of money creation and
is a major driver of ‘growth’. Every
time interest is paid on a loan, new money, created from nothing, enters
the system. This guarantees that the
pool of money in the world always increases, and also, that the accumulated
debts can never be paid back, as described in this historical analysis by
Jada Thacker, How Debt Conquered America. The money creation rate is
amplified by the Factional Reserve banking system. The World Debt clock gives vivid detail of the expanding money supply and also of human
population growth per country.
Further data on Debt at http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/tag/debt-free-money
Currencies 050APC: Because, you cannot manage what you
don’t measure, the future transparent digital-commodity based money system will
be created based on each region’s real-wealth. This measured
real-wealth becomes the commodity backing for each region’s Gaia$ .
Like today’s debit card system, it will be traceable and transparent
thereby eliminating corruption or money laundering that was endemic in the
pre-paradigm change era. Only
registered citizens of a region will be allowed to have an account in Gaia$ and will be given a debit card for
day-to-day transactions. Illegal
immigrants will have no access to money.
Details are sketched out in Chapter 4e-Dynamic Flows, of the booklet Paradigm Junction.
Ecological Grief: Article titled, “Ecological Grief as a Mental Health Response to ClimateChange-Related Loss“. The article discusses research into our
response when we hear news of ecological disasters related to climate change
and to the emotional depression that is triggered every time we see the
evidence directly in the news.
Ecological Footprint: Wikipedia summarizes the
work of the international organization, The Global Footprint
Network. The work
of this organization is the first significant effort to gather data on the
global resources on which humans depend.
While their measurements are limited to Earth’s bio-capacity, their
efforts set the standard for regional and global measurement of the many
parameters vital to a sustaining human civilization. Because energy is considered as
civilization’s master resource, we need current data on both non-renewable
fossil fuel reserves and also updated data in the development of nature’s
free flow energy (erroneously called renewable energy). We also need updated information on many
other vital parameters that we refer to as Wealth-Factors.
Economic Collapse: History is rife with examples of economic
collapse, sometimes bringing civilizations to an end. Sometimes a recovery is made, such as the
2007/2008 crisis. However in that crisis the root ‘Big Bank’ problem was never
remedied because of TINA - There Is No Alternate – a comment made in
the 1980s by UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. We offer Blue Planet Governance
as an alternate!
A web search provides many examples of economic
Some speculate that the financial collapse is
likely to follow a typical Seneca cliff pattern.
J.R. Saul on The
Collapse of Globalism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90UAEtt0ta8
A long video about corporate governance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHrhqtY2khc
Energy: This is a very large subject.
Energy is the master resource of all lifeforms and
civilizations. Howard Kunstler’s
book, End of Suburbia describes our likely future problems when we face the spectre of peak oil. Suburban living is just one
example of our energy wasteful unsustainable lifestyles. The future outlook for energy is
discussed below under Peak Oil and also in dynamic system.
Dynamic Regulation: Wikipedia describes the concept in engineering terms. A simple familiar form of dynamic
regulation is a home heating system.
The home owner sets the thermostat to 20o C. The bi-metal device in the thermostat reacts
to temperature change. If the
temperature is below 20o the thermostat switch starts the
furnace energy flow (gas, oil, thermal, etc.) to bring the heat to the
selected temperature, and it then shuts the furnace off. (Further detail on systems can be found
in Chapter 2B of Paradigm Junction.)
Key points of regulation here are that:
1: A decision was made for a
2: The prevailing temperature is
measured to provide feedback information to …;
3: A suitable energy source that
is engaged, increasing home temperature to the desired setting.
The same basics apply when we speak of
dynamic regulation of human-activity.
Money gives us access to energy within the various things we
purchase, whether it is in the form of oil for the home, gasoline for the
car, food for our body or the imbedded energy in the ‘things’ we buy. With more money we can buy more things,
and with less money we buy less.
Therefore monetary flow control can be seen as a historic regulator human-activity. In this regard, the Blue Planet Governance proposal
offers nothing new: We simply ‘measure’ the level of human-activity could
be sustained in each Region, and control the region’s energy flow
(human-activity) by regulating the money supply.
This process may be referred to as systemic negative feedback. Today’s evolved geopolitical governance has ceded primary control of money creation to the hands of corporate banks
where the ever-increasing money supply fosters ‘positive feedback’ on
Gender Equality: An article
entitled Planetary Duty Is a Feminist Construct,
recommends far greater female influence in defining our common future. A chapter in Paradigm Junction,
Our Journey Into Today
provides additional historical data indicating that the rise in male
dominance is a relatively recent phenomenon.
Gaia: As named by scientist James Lovelock, Gaia represents the
mythical Goddess of Earth’s systems of nature. In the context of Blue Planet
Governance, Gaia refers to all of the biological elements of animal and
vegetable elements that interact with mineral elements to form the unique
web of life on our small blue planet.
It should become every person’s responsibility to bring an end to
humanity’s current destabilization of the Gaia systems.
Gaia$: See Bank of Gaia.
Human-Activity: Throughout this
text the expression human-activity will be hyphenated to denote that we
refer to both gross human population numbers and to our gross activities
that represent our collective resource throughput, our pollution, etc., as
may be summarized as the human footprint on our planet.
International Standards: ISO: The International
Standards Organization has a secretariat in the United Nation with headquarters in Geneva
Switzerland. Today it develops the
documentation needed for international agreements.
Such expertise will be essential for development of the constitution of the
United Regions (UR) and its various branches.
(‘Limits’): The seminal work Limits
To Growth was an effort fostered by scientists of the Club Of Rome and implemented by a team or researches at MIT. Starting in 1968 they studied historic
trends in parameters critical to human civilization such as non-renewing
resources, food per capita, services per capita, industrial output per
capita, gross human population and global pollution.
Their computer plotted the interacting trends
into the future if we were to … :
1: … adopt negative growth
2: … continue with the rate of growth in
human-activity – Business As Usual (BAU);
3: … increase the rate of
growth in human-activity.
The book caused significant
alarm and discussion because the BAU run indicated dire trends beginning
about 2010. It predicted that the
human population growth would begin to fall by 2030 as a result of
resource depletion and pollution buildup.
our collective governments continued to strive for ‘growth’ – BAU.
The graphic below is from a 2010 review by the Smithsonian Magazine. Their study found the original Limits To Growth data from
50 years earlier was basically accurate.
The new study reassessed the data gathered by the original MIT
team and made a new computer run of the BAU projection. Lines in the vertical blue bar
illustrate the original projections (doted lines) compared to reality
(solid lines) up to year 2000. The
Smithsonian projection into the future is about the same as the MIT study
- about 2030 human
population growth will begin to decline as a result of essential resource
depletion and growing pollution, such as the CO2 that causes
will you be in 2030?
This link provides a pdf of the full text of text of the
1972 original Limits
To Growth booklet, including the speech by UThant
that is quoted below.
Evidendence of Paradigm
response to ‘Limits’ – The United Nations:
After a presentation by Club Of Rome the Secretary General
spoke to the General Assembly:
not wish to seem overdramatic, but I can only conclude from the information
that is available to me as Secretary-General, that the Members of the
United Nations have perhaps ten years left in which to subordinate their
ancient quarrels and launch a global partnership to curb the arms race,
to improve the human environment, to defuse the population explosion, and
to supply the required momentum to development efforts.
If such a global partnership Is not
forged within the next decade, then I very much fear that the problems I
have mentioned will have reached such staggering proportions that they
will be beyond our capacity to control.
the UN has done nothing. ….
A collective of
King, co-founder Club Of Rome, spoke of 1975 meeting, to which the
club had invited many world leaders to discuss the implications of the
message within the controversial book.
King stated that he and others were pleased with the level of
understanding among the national leaders.
But would they act?
the end of the meeting, one of the leaders spoke for the group stating
that they understood what our future appears to hold, “But were he to act on this
substantially, he would be out of office, not at the next election, but
in a few months”.
Democratic National leader
can do nothing becuses we voters would not let them. The enemy is us because TINA (There
Is No Alternate) (yet!)
Why would the electors vote out a government that took
appropriate action? Here are a few
In order to deal with both
peak energy and the excess human ecological footprint, a significant reduction in energy use per capita and resource use
per capita will be needed. This
will cause a significantly changed life-style in high end energy use per
Today’s politicians will never touch the taboo
subject of human population reduction, even by planned attrition.
The debt-based money system,
largely controlled by corporate banks, is one of the root reasons that
‘growth’ is essential: Debt and growth are fundamental to its nature and
the system will collapse with growth. Therefore the nature of and the
control of money must change. US
presidents Lincoln and Kennedy were assassinated while trying to have the
goverment issue the nation’s money.
There needs to be a Jubilee
like event: But this is unlikely to be
popular with most, especially the rich and upper middle-class who hold most
We have not grown up with
the understanding of the concept of human responsibility as a
prerequisite to human rights.
The voting public are quite unlikely to accept
change in these areas unless events narrow their choices – such as an
Mainstream media occasionally make reference to
the likelihood of the collapse
of civilization, as
forecast in this 2014 UK Guardian article based on a
NASA study, which spells out our future rather clearly in this paragraph:
While some members of society might raise the alarm that the system
is moving towards an impending collapse and therefore advocate structural
changes to society in order to avoid it, elites and their supporters, who
opposed making these changes, could point to the long sustainable
trajectory 'so far' in support of doing nothing.
as psychologist Danial Goleman warns, we are unlikely to act on such
There is an almost gravitational
pull toward putting out of mind unpleasant facts. And our collective ability to face
painful facts is no greater than our personal one. We tune out, we turn away, we
avoid. Finally we forget, and
forget we have forgotten. A lacuna
hides the harsh truth.
A famous Pogo quote:
have seen the enemy, and it is us!
it is therefore only ‘us’ who can bring remedy!
Localization: Localization describes a range of behaviors and
processes that reflect the natural human tendency to come together and self-organize
in the face of difficult conditions such as the interruption or collapse of
Organizations that promote localization are:
Post Carbon Institute; http://www.postcarbon.org/
Transition Towns: https://transitionnetwork.org/
System: Gar Alperovitz and Gus Speth speculate on alternate futures in their Next System
Project and also in an ongoing effort called Principles of a Pluralist Democracy. Alperovitz’s book, What Then Must We
Do is described on his personal web page. In this book he lists many reasons why
continental USA is much too large in land mass and in population to be
ruled by one central government.
The subject of localization is closely related to
the footnote on regions below.
Non Governmental Organizations: (NGOs): This will be updated from time to time.
Optimum Human Population: This is a very subjective issue, but for
the purpose of the 050APC scenario, optimum population would occur when
there are enough humans to sustain a thriving civilization, but few enough
that their collective footprint on the Gaia systems is significantly below
the human carrying capacity of our small blue planet.
Here’s an article on the
subject by Rex Weyler of in Greenpeace International, Does Human Scale Matter?
Paradigm: From Wikipedia: “… a concept
identified by the American physicist and philosopher Thomas Kuhn
(1922–1996), is a fundamental change in the basic concepts and experimental
practices of a scientific discipline.”
The concept is also use to describe significant social change – paradigm
Paradigm Junction: This is a web booklet. The first chapters provide the underlying reason for the specific
design of the proposed Blue Planet
Governance concepts as presented in Section 4, Envisioning.
Three summarizing papers
about the booklet are:
Pelican, a web Journal; www.pelicanweb.org/solisustv13n03page5.html
DC BioPhysical Economics conference: http://gaiapc.ca/PJ/1a-2016DynamicReg.pdf
2017 Toronto branch of the World Federalist Movement:
Post Normal Speculation : PNS represents a novel approach
for the use of science on issues where "facts [are] uncertain, values in
dispute, stakes high and decisions urgent". PNS was developed in the
1990s by Silvio Funtowicz and Jerome R.
Ravetz. It can be considered as a reaction to
the styles of analysis based on risk and cost-benefit analysis prevailing
at that time and as an embodiment of concepts of a new "critical
science" developed in previous works by the same authors. In a more recent work PNS is described as
"the stage where we are today, where all the comfortable assumptions
about science, its production and its use, are in question. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-normal_science
Peak Oil: As a non-renewable resource, our growing energy extraction rate
will peak and will thereafter decline.
The timing of Peak Oil has been forecast for many years.
While there is a great deal of literature on the subject, a clear
synopses is drawn from the summary of a book by John Howe, The End of Fossil Fuels and Per Capita Oil, or in a 2018 report by Canadian earth scientist David Hughes,
summarized in an editorial opinion page.
In her ’98 book, The Real Wealth of
Nations, Riane Eisler suggests that:
Real wealth is
a measurement of a robust ecology and of the general health and
happiness of the people! As you can imagine, Real Wealth
must consist of very many factors.
In the world of 050APC these elements are referred to as Wealth Factors. Each Wealth Factor is measured and
quantified on a common scale of value.
The package of these Wealth Factors represents the commodity
bases for the economic monetary system in the world of 050APC. In 1900s gold was the commodity basis for
money until President Nixon
ended the practice.
illustrates potential future trajectories beyond the ‘You are here’ peak
of the red line.
The green line starting
in 1970 illustrates how our vastly excessive levels of human-activity could have begun orderly negative growth if there had been
proactive governance at that time.
The beginning of the blue section represents a
future point when an organization such as the Alliance for Defence of
the Planet is able to convince a large number of regions to join the Blue
Planet Governance alliance and begin orderly negative growth in
The sooner the
BPGovernance begins to develop, the better it will be for the wellbeing
of both humans and our fellow Gaian species
In this presentation the word ‘region’ denotes a
(largely) sovereign autonomous state.
By the year APC050 (20?? + 50), partly due to
trends toward ‘localization’, large nations, such as Russia, China, Canada,
the USA, Australia, etc. have broken into much smaller significantly
autonomous regions. Many small
nations of the early 21st century are now regions.
They are as small as practical and yet able to
have a regional government large enough to administer local government and
the management capability of meeting compliance with Blue Planet Governance requirements. Regions are small enough to have the
advantages of a feeling of localization, giving individuals a strong feeling that they
belong and that they can be an important part of local government. The people of some regions have a
significant bond from a historic common cultural or religious background.
Governance is an expandable model that can begin from the agreement of a
few small nations, or provinces or states, of large countries. Regions are the home of all the people.
Regions are the controlling roots of the United Region.
Graphic courtesy of SPOPORI – Strategic Planning for Ocean Rise and
Post Oil Resettlement – BC Canada) One example.
In Gar Alperovitz’s ’05 book
America Beyond Capitalism one
chapter, Is The Continent Too Large?, provides many reasons the large land mass of
USA cannot be governed in the best interest of the people. A similar view
is expressed in a NYTimes article by Neil Grose. This also applies to Canada or Russia
Alperovitz is also a
founder of The
Next System movement.
It is at the regional level that
human individuals are most likely to develop a meaningful feeling of
affinity and inter-responsibility (examples might be Quebec, Scotland, Texas, or Catalan). The European Common Community (ECC) could be a BioRegion).
In some parts
of the world it may be in the best interest of a group of small regions
to create a larger entity, the BioRegion. There could also be an Assembly of
BioRegions, perhaps at the continental level, to represent their
common interest at the United Regions level, and to select the UR
It will be up to the Blue
Planet Governance Alliance (BPGA) to develop whatever
system works best for each region.
Rivers of change: This expression was used by Prof. Hartmut Bossil in is ’98
book, Earth At A Crossroads, as he described the growing list of
organizations that attempt to deal with change in various branches of
governance. A summary of his book
can be found within Chapter 4a of the web booket Paradigm Junction.
Separatist movements : Globally there are many separatists movements that may be interested in becoming a member of the Blue Planet Governance network. See Regions, above.
Simultaneous Policy Organization: The motto of the NGO ISPO is: Breaking down the barriers to
solving world problems.
Originated by John Bunzl of UK, ISPO has branches
in many countries, working toward convincing various national governments
to work together to bring about change, change that could not be initiated
by one country.
I am proposing simply that society should use its tools
to redesign its institutions, and to operate those institutions quite
differently. You can imagine all the problems. But the first and gravest
problem is in the mind, screwed down by all those cultural constraints. You
will not need a lot of learning to understand what I am saying: what you
will need is intellectual freedom. It is a free gift for all who have the
courage to accept it. Remember: our culture teaches us not intellectual
courage, but intellectual conformity.
Cyberneticist Stafford Beer – ’73 Designing Freedom, wrote this
while in hiding from death squads in Chile after the US orchestrated the
overthrow of President Allende. Beer had been designing/developing an
interactive system wherein feedback from the measurement of resources would
be used to establish government management policies. It was called Cybersyn. The
design of Blue Planet Governance was influenced somewhat by Beer’s
United Regions (UR):
The UR is a chaordic organization created by the
regions of the world. Metaphorically
the UR can be considered as the wheelhouse of Spaceship Earth, as coined by
Buckminster Fuller in his ‘1968 book, An Operating Manual for Spaceship
Earth. As can be seen in the UR graphic, all essential
data for management of human-activity for Planet Earth
are collected in the UR and appropriate levels of feedback regulate
human-activity in each region of our small Blue Planet.
In the world of 050APC, the many elements that
represent Real Wealth are measured, not
only in the global commons, but in each region. An audited measurement of these wealth
factors forms the basis of the commodity-based money available
in each region. The Bank of Gaia is responsible
for setting the standards for these measurements. From these audited measurements the bank
enables the money supply for each region based on its Wealth Factor
For explanation at http://gaiapc.ca/PJ/BPG/4e-DynamicFlows.htm#WealthFactorImportance
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