Blue Planet Governance Alliance
Note: The main body of this text is a short storey with significant
reference data linked to the Appendix, which also provides external web
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.
There are two other
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 Gaian - 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 evidenced of
global warming many of us feel a growing sense of anger and anxiety.
One reason for the Blue Planet
Club is based on the hope that prior to collapse of either, there will
remain a window of opportunity for a convergence of global NGOs
(Non-Governmental Organizations) to be proactive, to begin the assembly of
cornerstones documentation, the constitution, for a viable system of global
governance. But what would this elephant
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
we present a sketched overview of Blue
This sketch is rooted in
decades of exploring the works of dozens on 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 while the today’s Titanic model continues to
serve as a useable platform for development of the Regional/global
life-boat infrastructure. Needed is
appropriate expertise provided by NGOs 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
Many more links to reference data in the Appendix:
Fig. 1: Governance in the year 20XX +50 (XX = Paradigm Change)
A backcast - written as if from 50 years After Paradigm Change - 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 enabled Regional governments have established 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 Region.
The UR scientists 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 quest 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 as needed
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 roll of each of the
administrational segments of the United Regions (UR).
The second purpose of
the BPClub is to serve as an attractor, a place where the general public can express their growing anxiety
and ecological grief and to show support for the concept of Blue Planet Governance.
BPClub 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 below.
The BPClub makes no
claim that a non-chaotic paradigm change toward the Blue Planet Governance scenario can be made. We simply present for reader’s
consideration a prototype model, an envisioned system of a Global and
Regional governance that would be dynamically responsive to real-world data. This
prototype model is simply to present a prototype model for those of the BPGA, who will develop the
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 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, the state of
the natural world and 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. Earlier sections provide the
social, political and technical reasons for the model suggested. There is also a chapter on how to develop
and implement the needed form of biophysical economics and to create a digital form money that operates like a 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.
1c: Therefore, monetary flow control can be
seen as a regulator of human-activity.
(Today this key regulator is the
hands of growth-driven commercial banks).
2: You cannot manage what
you do not measure.
3: Individual human
behaviour is influenced mostly by family and local community.
4: The 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
measured within the global commons and in each Region. The measurement of Real Wealth of each Region becomes the commodity basis for that
supply. This brings population into the equation
of wealth per capita, making each
Region’s gross human population a Regional concern.
The future is unknown –
fluid. It is largely shaped by
events of the past. Events of today
and next year will represent the past when seen from 50 years in the
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 with serious human die-off in the 2030s.
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
Possible Future 3: The global Blue Planet
Government Alliance (BPGA) developed a functional model of the United Regions and its various
sections. They reached out to a few small nations and to states with separatist aspirations who collectively agreed to the requirements to join the
BPGA. They began using Gaia$, their commodity-based digital currency where each Region’s amount
of Gaia$ is dependent on that
Region’s measured Real Wealth. Now, with a realistic view
of civilization’s footprint overshoot information is 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 failed. This period of
chaos and die-off became 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 became attractive to more Regions. When these Regions adopted the
requirements of these United Regions (UR), they were allowed
to enter the Blue Planet Governance
trading bloc. Eventually most
Regions of the world began to assess their Real-Wealth and to exchange
goods and services using the Bank of Gaia allotment of Gaia$.
By 50 years after paradigm change
the original overgrowth and die-off graphic produced in Limits To
Growth has taken a turn for the better as illustrated in a graphic of a
modified Seneca cliff!
Here are a few features of the
social/economic/political scene in the year 050APC:
no private ownership of land.
lands, forests and lakes of each Region are under the stewardship of the
Regional government, but can be leased to individuals or corporations.
of male domination in governance is over as the female voice now plays an equal role.
United Regions (UR) recommends that Regions should have a
minimum wage for each adult and also a limited annual income.
Region’s total money supply is generally expressed on a per capita basis.
Region has a branch of the Bank
of Gaia. Since each Region is provided with a
fixed number of Gaia$, 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
many localized worker cooperative corporations and individual
Adult citizens of each
Region are issued a debit card by the Regional Bank of Gaia.
implement measures to reduce human-activity as need if they 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 improving!
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: http://blueplanetclub.ca/BPCYes/
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
Anxiety/Grief : Article titled, “Ecological Grief Ecological grief as a mental health response climate-change related loss”. The article discusses
research into human response when we hearing of ecological disaster news
related to climate change, and to the emotional depression that is
triggered every time we see the evidence, directly of in the news.
050APC : This refers to an
envisioned desirable society 50 years After Paradigm Change.
The value of envisioning
is captured by Donella Meadows, one of the MIT
researchers in the Limits To Growth study.
From a chapter in Paradigm Junction, is her
“The late Donella
Meadows was quite experienced in the business of the future, quoted here is
an abstract of her
keynote speech at a meeting of the International Society for Ecological
Economics, in 1994.
Vision is 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
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
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?
In the envisioned Blue Planet Governance scenario the Bank of Gaia is closely associated
with the United Region 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 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
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. One quote from the paper summarizes: 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 swath 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 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 group.
Blue Planet Governace
Alliance: (APBG) 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 governance.
The suggested name is Blue Planet
Governance Alliance (BPGA). Will
they respond and create this alliance?
We will see what happens – bearing in mid the wise words of Albert
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 create an organization
called, ARINC to establish common technical standards for global aviation. They also created ICAO, in
conjunction with national governments, to deal 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 create 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
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 consequences.
Commercial Banks: Remember the 2007 economic
melt-down? This bad
mortgage flip Ponzi-like scheme was caused by bank greed coupled with
short-term thinking. The errant
banks had to be bailed out and problem was not/could/not be
fixed because the banks controlled money system and are therefore an
essential part of the operation of civilization. The issues and have never corrected and
the systemic weakness remains. The
expression banks are too big to fail
Currency: Barter means one commodity in exchange for another commodity. And then there were tokens (money) that
represented the value of a commodity, such as gold. And then the gold was taken out of the
process with a move fiat debt-based currency, as explained below.
Currency Debt-based: Today’s world operates on the debt-based
system of money creation and it 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
Because, you cannot manage what you don’t measure, the future transparent digital-commodity based money system will be created based on a Region’s real-wealth. This measured real-wealth becomes the commodity backing for each
Region’s Gaia$. Like today’s debit card system It is
traceable and transparent thereby eliminating corruption or money
laundering that had been endemic in the pre-paradigm change era. Only registered citizens of a Region will
be allowed to have an account in Gaia$ and will be given a debit card for day to day transactions. Illegal immigrants will have no access to
money. Details are sketched in
Chapter 4e-Dynamic Flows, of the booklet Paradigm Junction.
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 Reginal and Global measurement of the many
parameters that are vital to a sustaining human civilization. Energy is considered as civilization’s
master resource and therefore we need current data on both non-renewable
fossil fuel reserves and we also need 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 systems that collapse, sometime bringing civilizations to an
end. Sometimes a recovery is made, such as the 2007/2008 crisis. However the root ‘Big Bank’ problem was never remedied because - TINA, There Is No Alternate – a comment that had been made in the
1980s by UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Blue Planet Governance is offered as an alternate!
A web search provides
many examples such as: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/
Some speculated 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. Energy is discussed further under dynamic system.
Dynamic Regulation: Wikipedia describes the concept in engineering terms. A simple familiar form of dynamic
regulation is a house 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
3: A suitable energy source was
engaged to bring the temperature to the desired temperature.
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 that could
be sustained in each Region, and control the energy flow by regulating the
This process may be
referred to as systemic negative feedback.
Today’s evolved geopolitical governance has ceded primary control of
money creation into the hands of corporate banks where the ever-increasing
money supply provides ‘positive feedback’ on human-activity.
Gender Equality: As the title suggests an article titled: 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.
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 universally unique web of life on our small blue
planet. To bring an end to
humanity’s current destabilization of the Gaia systems should become every
Gaia$: See Bank of Gaia.
Human-Activity: Throughput this text the expression
human-activity will be hyphenated to denote that we refer to both gross
human population numbers, and to gross activities that represent our
collective resource throughput, our pollution, etc., as may be summarized as
the human footprint on our planet.
Standards : ISO: The
Organization has a
secretariat in the United Nation with headquarters in Geneva
Switzerland. Today it develops the
documentation need for international agreements.
Such expertise will be essential for development of the constitution of the
United Regions (UR) and its various branches.
Limits To Growth (‘Limits’): The seminal work Limits To Growth was an effort fostered by scientists of the Club Of
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.
computer plotted the interacting trends into the future if we were to … :
… adopted negative growth in human-activity;
… continue with the rate of growth in human-activity – Business As Usual
… increased the rate of growth in human-activity.
book caused significant alarm and discussion because the BAU run
indicated dire trends beginning about 2010. Human population begins to fall by 2030
as a result of resource depletion and pollution buildup.
Nevertheless, our collective governments continued to strive for
‘growth’ – BAU.
graphic below is from a 2010 review by the Smithsonian
study found the original Limits To Growth data from 50 years earlier was
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 global
How old will you be in 2030?
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
of Paradigm Paralysis
Early response to ‘Limits’ – The United Nations:
After a presentation by Club Of Rome the Secretary General
spoke to the General Assembly:
I do 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.
But the UN has done nothing. ….
A collective of national Leaders:
Alexander King, co-founder Club Of Rome, spoke of an event
about 1975 where the club had
invited many world leaders to a meeting 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?
At 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”.
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
In order to deal with both
peak energy and the excess human ecological footprint, a significant reduction in energy use per capta and
resource use per capita will be needed.
This would require a changed life-style.
§ 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 contol of, money
must change. US presidents Licolon
and Kennedy were assasinated while trying to have the goverment issue the
§ There needs to be a Jubilee
like event: But this is likely to be
populare with most, especially the rich and upper middle-class who hold
most political influence.
We have not grown up with
the understanding that the concepet that ‘human responsibiely’, must be a
prerequisit to the expectation of ‘human rights’.
The voting public are quite unlikey to accept change in
these areas, unless events narrow their choices – such as an economic
Mainstream media occasionally make reference to the
likelyhood 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.
And as psychologist Danial Goleman warns, we are unlikely to act
on such information:
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:
I have seen the enemy, and it is us!
An it is therefor 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
promote ‘localization are:
Post Carbon Institute; http://www.postcarbon.org/
Transition Towns: https://transitionnetwork.org/
The Next 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
in his personal web page. In this book he lists many reasons why
continental USA is a 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,
Non Governmental Organizationsa: (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 be 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 carrying capacity of our
small blue planet.
Here’s an article 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,
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
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.
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 represent the
commodity bases for the economic monetary system in the world of
050APC. In 1900s Gold was the
commodity basis for money, up until President Nixon ended the era.
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 we had had responsible
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 human-activity.
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’ is usually capitalized to denote a (largely) sovereign
By the year APC050 (20??
+ 50), partly due to trends toward ‘localization’, large nation, such as
Russia, China Canada USA, Australia, etc. have broken into much smaller
significantly autonomous Regions.
Many small nations of the early 21st century are now
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
either 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)
In Gar Alperovitz’s ’05
book America Beyond Capitalism
one chapter is called, Is The
Continent Too Large?, where provided many reasons the large land mass
of USA cannot be governed in the best interest of the people. 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 best interest of a group of
small Regions to create a larger entity, the BioRegion. There could also be an Assembly of BioRegions, to
represent their common interest at the United Regions level, and to
select the UR administrative members.
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
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
moto of this 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
nations governments to work together to bring about change that one country
could not initiate.
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
Cyberneticist Stafford Beer – ’73 Designing
Freedom, written while in hiding from death squads in Chile after
the US orchestrated overthought of President Allendes. Beer had been design/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 approach.
The UR is a chaordic organization created by the Regions of the world.
Metaphorically the UR can be considers 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 collect in the UR and appropriate levels of
feedback regulate human-activity in each Region of our small Blue Planet.
In world of 050APC, the
many elements that represent Real Wealth are measured, not only in the global commons, but in each
Region. An audited measured of these
wealth factor form 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 its Wealth Factor assessment.
For explanation at http://gaiapc.ca/PJ/BPG/4e-DynamicFlows.htm#WealthFactorImportance
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