The Blue Planet
a system of governance to meet the needs
of a small Blue Planet under stress
The page is a short story
that envisions a Regional and Global governance system that could thrive on
negative growth in human-activity, toward a day in the future when the
human Ecological Footprint could be sustained within the renewing resources
of the Gaian systems of. Members of the Blue
Planet Club have indicated that they would prefer the future system
of government presented on this page to the competitive nationalistic
governance systems of today that fail to recognize Limits To Growth.
We invite you to
join the club.
Who knows what can happen
in our changing world of rapid communications, and today’s young generations
now recognize that Business As Usual is
a grave threat to their future well-being.
there is no governing body capable of avoiding the collapse of
civilization. The collapse was forecast several decades ago. At that time
national leaders who understood the human predicament acknowledged 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
are other compounding issues:
population is likely far beyond Earth’s carrying capacity. There are still
some cultures and religions that forester large families.
interactions in trade and commerce prevent any individual national
government from acting
alone. The UN cannot act as a global
government because a few large nations have veto powers.
is most unlikely that elected politicians would have the technical
expertise to make wise decisions in all of the diverse areas that comprise
and the dynamic systems of Gaia - the cradle of all life.
driver of GROWTH: The US$ is the world primary reserve
currency. In the US primary money
creation is referred to as ‘debt based’ money wherein commercial banks
create new money from the interest paid on loans. As a result, the money
supply is always expanding, as explained by Prof. John
McMurtry in his book, The
Cancer State of Capitalism This is
also explained in a web booklet, to http://gaiapc.ca/PJ/3a-MCP.pdf.
cannot forecast whether today’s 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
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?
in the parable of The
Blind Men and the Elephant, most of
today’s leading NGO rivers
tend to focus on only one part of the elephant, their specific area of
expertise, and have yet to form an alliance, a holistic group to define the
whole elephant and its needs. 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
Governance that can act as prototype model to begin
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
will also be needed. As we proceed, it is worthwhile to recall another
quote by Albert
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
1: Governance in the year 20XX +50 (XX = Paradigm Change)
A backcast - written as
if from 50 years After Paradigm Change - year
1 is a 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
first purpose of the BPClub is to
communicate with leaders of key NGOs to encourage them to reach out to
other NGOs to work together 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).
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 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.
can go to the endorsement
now or continue reading first:
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.
they have refined the model, they can then present this concept to the many
regions of the world that are fertile
today. Perhaps some of them will initiate implementation of the processes
in parallel with the Titanic system for a while.
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
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
that can accommodate a realistic definition of wealth - Real Wealth,
penned by Riane Eisler: Real Wealth is a measurement of a
robust ecology and of the general health and
happiness of the people!
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.
Energy is expended to make all things happen;
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).
You cannot manage what you do not measure.
Individual human behaviour is influenced mostly by family and local
The concept of human rights is a dangerous myth unless it is cradled
in human responsibilities -
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
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 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
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
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
Future 3: The global Blue Planet Club
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 intent of Blue Planet Governance team. They develop and 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 Blue Planet Governance group suddenly
becomes attractive to more regions. When these regions adopt the
requirements of the United
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$.
By 50 years after paradigm change the original overgrowth and
die-off graphic produced in Limits To Growth has taken a turn for
the better as illustrated in a graphic of a modified Seneca cliff!
Here are a few features of the social/economic/political scene in the year 050APC:
§ There is
no private ownership, but land can be leased from the Regional Government.
§ The lands,
forests and lakes of each region are under the stewardship of the regional
government, but can be leased to individuals, community cooperatives or
§ The era of
male domination in governance is over as the
female voice now plays an equal role.
§ The United
recommends that regions should have a minimum wage for each adult and also
a limited annual income.
§ A region’s
total money supply is generally expressed on a per capita basis.
region has a branch of the Bank of
Gaia. Since each region is provided with a fixed
number of Gaia$
, 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.
citizens of each region are issued a debit card by the regional Bank of
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
has not yet been reached and civilization’s ecological footprint is still
somewhat in overshoot. But conditions are improving!
Sept. 2019 the Ecological Economic organization, in their emerging list of
definitions, adopted this definition:
An Ecological Economics system is one where
the currency that enables human transactions is based on, and limited by,
ecological and other resource-wealth-and-health considerations within each
country or region, of Earth. This data is based global standards,
established to categorize and quantify each element that represents ‘real-wealth’. Each region will have an overall
wealth rating, and therefore will have a wealth per capita rating.
With this ecological economic system, regional wealth per capita is
inversely proportional to its human population. This brings human
procreation considerations into each regional government’s planning and
do not know with any certainty what the future will hold, we do know that
BAU deficit spending of the small Blue Plant’s fragile web
of life will soon end. If you prefer a better outcome
common future then you can join others in the Blue Planet Club by endorsing the simple statement:
I prefer the basic concept of Blue Planet Governance to today’s
Go to the endorsement page: https://blueplanetclub.ca/BPCYes.htm
Are we ready to endorse?
On November 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.”
- 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 errors appreciated.
: This refers to an envisioned desirable society 50 years After Paradigm
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:
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 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.
BPClub hopes to attract individuals and organizations 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.
Wickipedia: 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?''
the envisioned Blue Planet Governance scenario, the Bank of Gaia
is closely associated with the United
(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
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
written by one of the members. Over the years, most of the subjects in Paradigm
Junction have been discussed in the chat group.
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 governance.
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:
is no salvation for civilization, or even the human race,
other than by the creation of a world government.
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
the 050APC scenario the largely autonomous regions of the world
have created the United 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
Today’s governance fails to meet the requirement of
‘civilization’ because we ignore the science that could guide us away from
the disaster forecast 50years ago in Limits
To Growth. We have already entered the period
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.
Commodity-Based Currency: Barter 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.
Debt-based: Today’s world operates on the
debt-based system of money creation which 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
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
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
of the booklet Paradigm
Ecological Grief: Article titled,
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
Economic Collapse: History is rife with examples of
economic systems that
sometimes bringing civilizations to an end. Sometimes a recovery is made,
such as the 2007/2008
However in that crisis the root ‘Big
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 alternative!
web search provides many examples of economic collapse: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/
speculate that the financial collapse is likely to follow a typical Seneca
Saul on The Collapse of Globalism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90UAEtt0ta8
long video about corporate governance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHrhqtY2khc
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
of Paradigm Junction.)
Key points of regulation here are that:
1: A decision was made for a target temperature;
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.
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 of 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. J.
W. Forester wrote about social dynamics in 1973.
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 human-activity.
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
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
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.
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
Limits To Growth
(‘Limits’): The seminal work Limits To Growth
was an effort fostered by scientists of the Club Of Rome and implemented by a team of 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
Their computer plotted the
interacting trends into the future if we were to … :
1: … adopt negative growth in
2: … continue with the rate of growth
in human-activity – Business As Usual (BAU);
3: … increase the rate of growth in
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.
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
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 (dotted 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?
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.
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. UTHANT, 1969
But the UN has done nothing. ….
collective of national Leaders:
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?
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 leaders can do nothing because we voters would not let them. The
enemy is us because TINA (There Is No Alternative) (yet!)
Why would the electors vote out a government that took
appropriate action? Here are a few reasons:
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 capata countries.
politicians will never touch the taboo subject of human population
reduction, even by planned attrition.
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 without 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.
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 political influence.
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 economic
Mainstream media occasionally make reference to the
likelihood of the collapse
of civilization, as forecast in this
article based on a NASA study, which spells out our future rather clearly
in this paragraph:
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
famous Pogo quote:
I have seen
the enemy, and it is us!
And it is
therefore only ‘us’ who can bring remedy!
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 centralized services.
that 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 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.
subject of localization is closely related to the footnote on regions below.
- from nothing:
provides details of how fiat money is created
today, by commercial banks.
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.
an article on the subject by Rex Weyler in Greenpeace
International, Does Human Scale Matter?
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 used to describe significant social
change – paradigm change.
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,
summarizing papers about the booklet are:
The Pelican, a web
2016 Washington DC BioPhysical
Economics conference: http://gaiapc.ca/PJ/1a-2016DynamicReg.pdf
Toronto branch of the World Federalist Movement: http://gaiapc.ca/PJ/WorldFederalistMovment.pdf
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 synopsis 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
P. LIANOS*Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece suggests a system
for limits of an average of 1.5 children per person system. http://www.asecu.gr/Seeje/issue28/issue28-lianos.pdf
other papers on population limiting can be found with a web search.
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
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
graphic illustrates potential future trajectories beyond the ‘You are
here’ peak of the red line.
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
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
sooner the BPGovernance begins to develop, the better it will be for the
wellbeing of both humans and our fellow Gaian species
Assembly of BioRegions:
this presentation the word ‘region’ denotes a (largely) sovereign
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, and significantly more 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.
Planet 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.
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
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 Catalonia). Another example is the the countries of Europe that could
become Regions of the United Regions without much change.
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 administrative members.
It will be up to the Blue Planet Governance Alliance (BPGA)
to develop whatever system works best for each region.
of change: This expression was used by Prof.
Hartmut Bossil in his ’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
Separatist movements : Globally there are many separatists
that may be interested in becoming members of the Blue Planet Governance
network. See Regions, above.
Policy Organization: The motto of the NGO ISPO is: Breaking
down the barriers to solving world problems.
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.
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
UR is a chaordic
organization created by the regions of the world.
Metaphorically the UR can be considered as the wheelhouse of Spaceship
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.
the world of 050APC, the many elements that represent Real Wealth are measured
scientifically, 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
is responsible for setting the standards for these measurements. From
these audited measurements the bank issues the money for each region based
on its Wealth Factor assessment.
explanation at http://gaiapc.ca/PJ/BPG/4e-DynamicFlows.htm#WealthFactorImportance
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