Historically, the careless technology and policies of industrialized nations have caused the most damage to the environment. Emissions from factories and vehicles have caused ozone depletion, acid rain, climate change, global warming, and many other critical global problems.
Leaders of the wealthier nations must be willing to accept responsibility for past mistakes and to help pay the financial burden for environmental protection of the developing nations. Global Civilization must help wealthy and developing nations reach a better understanding of each
other's needs. All aspects are interrelated: peace, global rights and the environment. In reality, all concerns are interrelated. As soon as the environment is destroyed beyond repair, human suffering is next. Ecology has no boundaries. Global life-support systems are planetary problems we all have to manage together. All nations suffer the effects of
air pollution, global warming, loss of biodiversity, soil erosion, acid rain, ozone depletion, silting of streams, and countless of other
environmental problems. This was the reason for proposing to Global Civilization the Scale of Global Rights as a shorth term solution to assure the survival of Life on Earth.
Earth governance is about the rights of states to self-determination in the global context of Global Civilization rather than the traditional context of a world of separate states. Global Civilization offers both a short term solution and a long term solution to the people of all nations to assure the survival of life on Earth. Both solutions require the acceptance of the Scale of Global Rights as our guide for survival. What would be preferable is that all nations unite amongst themselves to form a more meaningful union of nine or more Global Governments. A Global Government is concerned not only with economics and trade, but also with the environment, health, agriculture, energy, food, social, cultural and many other essential aspects of community. We want each Global Government to take a larger share of responsibility of the specific region where it operates, and be more accountable to the people of that region. The Federation of Global Governments would be the place of meeting between Global Governments.
We, citizens of Global Civilization, hereby resolve to establish a federation of all nations, and to govern in accordance with Global Parliament Constitution. Global Parliament shall be composed of four (4) bodies, designated as follows:
1. the House of Elected Representatives,
2. the Federation of Global Governments,
3. the House of Advisers, and the
4. Executive Council
We, citizens of the Global Community of North America, hereby resolve to establish the Global Government of North America (GGNA) to govern in accordance with the Global Constitution. Member states of the GGNA are Mexico, the United States of America, Canada, the North Pole Region which also includes Greenland and Iceland. The GGNA ensures state governments that it will obey the principle of non-intervention in domestic affairs. Essential services to the people of each member nation are now the most important global rights and are protected by the Global Protection Agency (GPA) of each member nation. And that is how we can protect the global life-support systems, thus largely improving the quality of life of the next generations. We are also inviting the United Kingdom to become a member of the GGNA. The United Kingdom is leaving the EU and is available for a more meaningful relationship with the GGNA.
Global Civilization wants to provide a forum where international conflicts could be argued and resolved peacefully. Because of hatred and mistrust, disputing parties always find it difficult to express constructive ideas or proposals. A face-to-face meeting may not even be possible. Global Civilization offers to be a trusted third party that would carry ideas back and forth, put forward new proposals until both sides agree. When both parties feel they have gained more than they have lost from the process, the outcome is a win-win settlement for peace.
The United Nations are to restructure their organization or start rebuilding it from scratch. The United Nations must reflect
the needs and aspirations of Global Civilization : all Peoples together, Global Economic Cooperation,
Global Governance, Earth Governance, and Earth Environmental Governance.
Global Civilization believes all citizens have the right to share the wealth in the world. The free trade agreement between nations must protect and improve social and environmental
rights, not just the economy. A sustainable development in the world would mean finding a sound balance among the interactions designed to create a healthy economic growth, preserve environmental quality, make a wise use of our resources, and enhance social benefits. Free trade cannot proceed at the expense of the environment, labour rights, global rights and the sovereignty of a nation. Free trade leads to an
increase in poverty by giving investor rights priority over government decision-making. Employers will be looking for more
concessions from workers. Small businesses will find it more difficult to grow and compete against large corporations.
We have the responsibility of managing Earth.
Free trade entrenches corporate power at the expense of democratically elected officials from local communities, municipal
governments, provincial governments, national governments and states. It is a form of
"world anti-government" (such as the European Union block) as citizens lose the ability to act in their best interests and
find sound solutions to their own problems.
As an example of a free trade arrangement gone bad is the United Kingdom Brexit. Shortly after the referendum on United Kingdom Brexit, the German parliament published an analysis on the consequences of a Brexit on the EU and specifically on the economic and political situation of Germany. According to this, Britain is, after the United States and France, the third most important export market for German products. In total Germany exports goods and services to Britain worth about €120 billion annually, which is about 8% of German exports, with Germany achieving a trade surplus with Britain worth €36.3 billion (2014). Should there be a "hard Brexit", exports would be subject to WTO customs and tariffs. The trade weighted average tariff is 2.4%, but the tariff on automobiles, for instance, is 9.7%, so trade in automobiles would be particularly affected; this would also affect German automobile manufacturers with production plants in the United Kingdom. In total, 750,000 jobs in Germany depend upon export to Britain, while on the British side about three million jobs depend on export to the EU.
Citizens become disconnected with the decision-making process. Their lives are then driven
by the desire of making profits. Fear is used to force people to behave with the dollar sign as their god. In such scenario,
democratic principles lose meaning and no longer prevail. All that we have worked for over the past decades to build sustainable
communities is gone with free trade. People were never asked to discuss and were never invited
in its development. The principles of a sustainable development are let go and replaced by the desire of the world business leaders to make larger profits.
Over its long past history trade has never evolved to require from the trading partners to become completely responsible for their
products from beginning to end. At the end, the product becomes a waste and it needs to be properly dispose of. You manufacture, produce, farm or create a product, you become responsible and accountable of your product from beginning to end (to the point where it actually becomes a waste; you are also responsible for the proper disposable of the waste). People in our society often argue that their manufacturing products and the trading principles or rules that regulate their actions are all legal! But what about ethical values and moral principles?!
A good reference for this work is my own Master's Degree Thesis:
"La Cosmologie et la Cosmogonie: Une Discussion"
by Germain Dufour
Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, Departement de Physique, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. The first draft was handed in
December, 1978; it was accepted on December 15, 1982. Supervisor: Dr. Felix deForest.
( see my CV )