Definition of sustainable development

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A)     The definition of Sustainable Development with the idea that free trade and the planetary trading blocks are serving the Global Community, and not the other way around for the benefits of a few people.

B)     Personal Sustainable Development pathway.

1.    Introduction
2.    The appalling dilemma of decision-making
3.    What is personal sustainable development?
4.    What to decide?
5.    Spiritual values and survival
6.    Old rules to deal with old fears
7.    Human conscience
8.    What are the universal needs of a family, a community
9.    Governments self-serving politics
10.   Do laws serve more governments and selected groups than the overall population?
11.   Creating a universal code of conduct acceptable to all?
12.   The Universal Scale of Values
13.   The Glass Bubble Concept of a Global Community and Evolution
14.   Teaching children to become self-confident thinkers
15.   Is the human race becoming more intuitive or instinctive?
16.   Personal sustainable development for children
17.    In sustaining the development of your own life












A)     The definition of Sustainable Development with the idea that free trade and the planetary trading blocks are serving the Global Community, and not the other way around for the benefits of a few people.

The technical definition being "a sound balance among the interactions of the impacts (positive and/or negative), or stresses, on the four major quality systems: People, Economic Development, Environment and Availability of Resources," and

The none-technical definition being "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."

When there is a need to find a solution to a problem or a concern, a sound solution would be to choose a measure or conduct an action, if possible, which causes reversible damage as opposed to a measure or an action causing an irreversible loss. The Global Community can help you realize your actions by coordinating efforts efficiently together.


The following graphics was designed to illustrate the meaning of sustainable development and other global concepts. It is the basis for understanding:
 

    the Global Community concepts
    that Earth is all what we have got that is truly real, and it is a spiritual Being, a part of the interactions between the four major quality systems (small circles, not to scale) shown here
   that the ecosystem and life-support system of the planet (the largest and blue circle) are much more important for all of humanity and other lifeforms
    the reason for developing and implementing the Scale of Human and Earth Rights
    finding sound solutions and therefore a sound balance amongst interactions
    the measurement and evaluation of the impact equation
    the development and use of indicators and indices
    Global governance and Earth management



B)     Personal Sustainable Development pathway.
1.    Introduction


What do we want in life?
To plant a seed of conscience: an idea which will sprout and bear fruit.

Seed thought:
Improvement based on conscience is self-improvement which requires discipline to get rid of things that have to go and be replaced by actions that succeed.

Conscience in the minds of children is needed for they will inherit the earth.
The seed planted in the mind of a child will grow along with his children and will see it was good.

Conscience in the mind of an adult:


He realizes his personal life needs changes. He needs self-empowerment...free thought upon which his creativity for a better life will grow.
He will face, and reject all that must go.
He will replace bad habits.
He will meet his needs with self-empowerment.
No one else's.
To empower himself is the first step.

The ultimate war of independence is to decide for yourself
to know what you want
to "own" your life quest outright free and clear of imaginary obligation or laid-on guilt.

A man (a woman) has the right to decide what he will become and must go through his personal clean-up with the aim of becoming: a better person, a better neighbour, a better citizen, and more useful member of his global community.

Every man (woman) must make a personal decision about:


What is most important to me?
What about me deserves to be nurtured?
What is holding me back?
What requires serious attention?
What about me needs "starving out" so good qualities can grow?

Each and everyone of us is part of "a Global Community" wherever we go throughout our life. Personal sustainable development has to do with our behavior within this global community, what we do or dont, cause and effect, and how we interact with someone else global community and, on the planetary scale, with The Global Community. We are constantly required to re-evaluate our values and make decisions. The following is meant to question our ways and behaviors and start a discussion amongst us all about a universal scale of values. A Roundtable Discussion on a Scale of Values has been proposed.


2.    The appalling dilemma of decision-making

Life's major problems make us react ~ and there are myriad possible reactions ~ but to be of a mind-set that allows one to calmly face the problem detached from emotion in order to pick the best solution, may quite possibly be the most powerful tool of any person interested  in personal development.

Human desires, vanities, attachments to family mores, influence these decisions and so they tend to be accurate expressions of each individual's character at that particular time.

Our choice, in the end, is what we want because of what we feel.

This particular assessment of any given situation appears to express  our level of development as a human being devoted to building strong character.

One feels the most honest thing to do is face exactly what is presented on the horns of our dilemma for our choice:~
One solution will satisfy old values . The other will be in accord with new.

As a human, one is challenged - go forward, or not (just yet).

We are endlessly faced with the same choice hidden in endless guises unitl we "get it right."


3.    What is personal sustainable development?

What is personal sustainable development?
Personal sustainable development has to do with each and everyone of us:

        3.1    being with self-control; eating to accommodate your body's needs and holding hereditary ills in check; maintaining a well working physical vehicle(your body); balancing our life with work, play and rest; feeding our mind and being constantly learning; communicating with others
       3.2    living with the empowerment of free-thought, creativity
       3.3    taking charge of our lives
       3.4    planning for our own future

Everyone has to decide this by himself. Knowing our weaknesses we can work eliminating them or at least making sure they would not affect significantly our decision-making process. It is a struggle that spans our lifetime.


4.    What to decide?

Once an individual is in control of his own being then he can extend his empowerment out to his global community and The Global Community.

This way each person has to decide what:

    4.1       are the things holding us back and requiring serious attention and how can they be starved-out so good things may grow
    4.2        is most important
    4.3        deserves to be nurtured

At the end each and everyone of us decides what sort of person we want to become. After going through this personal clean-up we become a better citizen, a more sensitive neighbour, a moral responsible father, and a more useful and respected member of the Global Community.


5.    Spiritual values and survival

What conduct is correct if survival is the issue?
In Nature:
Predators are involved in eating other life forms, young of any other species sometimes their own.
In our History:
We have seen cannibalism, murders, wars. Wars have been and are still the most unsustainable action of our species. Wars destroy everything and everyone. Wars satisfy self-interest of a small group of people. Wars keep gun, ship, plane, computer manufacturers and people working with them happy and well fed and give them security for the rest of their lives. Wars are often taken or created in another country by a superpower for the purpose of creating wealth and a healthy economic development in the country of the superpower but completely destroy the country(ies) submitted to the war machine.

Having said that what are spiritual values to sustain life?



6.    Old rules to deal with old fears

Many rules are made to empower the rule-maker only learn to recognize those kind of rules! For they are seldom good for the person who obeys such rules.

Old fears have sometimes to do with family feud over several generations.
Old fears could be:
    6.1    a traditional hatred of people based on religious differences, skin colour, life styles, language differences, inter-marriage
    6.2    suspicious of strangers
    6.3    supertitions
    6.4    inaccurate beliefs due to ignorance
    6.5    inaccurate knowledge and interpretation of a religion

Things to go:
    6.6    Living in the past with old traditions, old wives'wisdom
    6.7    Family beliefs(racism)
    6.8    Old-age values
    6.9    Archaic mores
    6.10    Ghetto-ism
    6.11    Class systems
    6.12    Slavery
    6.13    Cast systems
    6.14    Sweatshops
    6.15    Perversions: child prostitution, child selling, etc.


7.    Human conscience

Conscience means human have the knowledge to keep the planet healthy; it is the science of determining right and wrong. In case of the human conscience towards the planet's survival it is:
    7.1    Saving the planet from becoming an uninhabitable place
    7.2    Stopping the planet from becoming an uninhabitable place
Human conscience should prevent the planet from becoming uninhabitable. How much of what we have in spiritual values do we have to leave behind? Old ideas and thoughts, traditions, laws, ways of doing things must be re-evaluated and some left behind.

Human conscience will insist all possible measures be taken to prevent the planet from becoming uninhabitable.

Education is necessary to awaken all people in all countries to the frightening fact that unless we all take responsibility for plant life it will soon become uninhabitable. It will no longer be able to support human life.

The most important factor in human existence is survival. To survive we need oxygen and we need food and shelter. Oxygen is provided by green plants. Therefore, we'd darn well better see we have lots of green growing plants.

Most people nowadays are urban dwellers. Urban people do not know the source of their food. Therefore people have to be taught to protect their food supply.

Things we do in our country can affect people on the other side of the planet. We exchange food with one another; there is a constant exchange of goods, services, manufactured products, basic products, energy, etc. If our manufactured plants produce pollution into theair this will affect food produced South of us.

Self-interest, self-preservation as a species, as peoples and inhabitants of this planet, instinct, are all driving forces of global human consciousness. Global consciousness is about a chain of dependence; everything depends on another form of life for survival like a symbiosis: lifeforms who contribute to the food or well-being of another species.



8.    What are the universal needs of a family, a community

What are real needs? Of whose survival do they depend on? Of what interest?
What is working?
What is missing?
Are there over-supplies of unnecessary things (cars,  ...); too many products?
Is over-automation a cure or is it creating unemployment, human misery, and a new class of people?

There are families all over the world (a few examples here):
    8.1    Canadian family in a small town
    8.2    Nomad family on the Gobe desert
    8.3    New York executive family
    8.4    Aboriginal family in Australia
    8.5    Chinese farmer's family
    8.6    Japanese patters'family
    8.7    English farmer's family
    8.8    Prairie farmer's family
    8.9    African tribes mans'family
    8.10    City peoples'families

All families need shelter, food, parents, children, language, body of knowledge, certain skills, a source of income, etc.

There are interacting universal responsibilities. In terms of parenthood, parents must raised their children mentally and physically healthy. It is a responsibility to do so. Which also means each must have an educational program (parents to children type, school, college, university, etc.).

It is important to have a home-base (for a sense of security), a house, a campsite in the bushes (for nomades).


9.    Governments self-serving politics

Governments self-serving politics should be investigated with respect to:
    9.1    Over-government(too many rulers)
    9.2    Over-taxing
    9.3    Over-paid politicians
    9.4    Too much power given to rulers and/or dictators of all kinds


10.   Do laws serve more governments and selected groups than the overall population?

The criminal system needs investigating to be in step with the times, and it should be based on needs of people rather than dictate through laws.

Could we create a universal law system to work and be applicable in all countries?


11.   Creating a universal code of conduct acceptable to all?

11.   Creating a universal code of conduct acceptable to all?
Such code would include many aspects: intermarriages, colour barriers, language barriers, respect between one another; etc.


12.   The Universal Scale of Values

We have no intention of imposing a scale of values. It has to be developed by us all.

The special factor in the work of those submitting papers to the World Congress is that all are evaluating impacts with respect to four interacting concerns (people's lives, resources, economic development and the environment) based on a new scale of values. The scale of values is about establishingwhat is very important to ensure a sound future for Earth, and to keep our planet healthy,  productive and hospitable for all people and living things, what is important, what is not so important, and what should be let go. From this scale, agreed upon by all members of TheGlobal Community, the assessment of sustainable development can be conducted. The benchmark is the scale established in year 2000 along with the first evaluation of sustainable development conducted with respect to the four levels.

 Their work will show how their field of interest influences all four interacting areas of concerns and they will develop policies (workable sound solutions) to submit to The Global Community.

The material sent so far is remarkable and original. All abstracts will appear in the Preliminary Program to be published in February 2000.

The effects of climate changes will certainly be a major issue. New ideas about energy and environmental accounting will also be discussed. However, your creative thinking is paramount. We do not dictate what to do. It's new ways of thinking that is important at the World Congress.

New standards, goals and objectives have to be defined. Firm universal guidelines are essentials in keeping the world healthy. Already we notice throughout the world  new ways of thinking being embraced, new behaviors and attitudes adopted. Sound workable solutions to all our problems will have to be researched and developed and made available to everyone on the Internet. This is la raison díêtre  of The Global Community organization.

The aim of The Global Community is to give people an opportunity to meet, encourage and advise one another about original ways to best harmonize impacts upon

· the lives of people
· natural resources
· environment
· economic development

 We must abandon ideas and old ways which have not worked well, including traditional ways that have simply become habits. Getting rich at the expense of everyone else is no longer acceptable. Over the decades, history has proven projects and actions which ignored everything except a special interest have resulted in ultimate failure and human misery.

 The Global Community aims to establish a UNIVERSAL BENCHMARK for the 21st Century made up of a Scale of Values for sustainable development based on universal indicators.

 All members will assess and agree upon this scale.

 Your input is vital. We need to hear your voice in these matters. Every country must be heard from to arrive at a workable universal scale of values.

In this Newsletter we are exploring the issue of Personal Sustainable Development and, of course, all other issues have to be explored in a similar fashion.

For example:
Human beings and other life species need oxygen to live. Trees, plants and growing things
provide oxygen. Therefore we destroy the source of oxygen at our peril.

The above is a vitally important fact. It is very important to have many areas of healthy
green growth. It is not so important that every person owns his own green area.

But what has to go is the "who cares?" attitude which stems from ignorance about the
importance of green growing areas.

In other words, everyone who wants a life has to take responsibility for it.


13.   The Glass Bubble Concept of a Global Community and Evolution

This is an exercise in creative thinking designed to occur over a period of weeks.

Aim:    To explore how vital is the food we eat to survival as a species and wherein lies a great danger in climate change, which we are unable  to control.

*    Climate influences food supply
*    Lack of food leads to dietary changes
*    Food influences the bodies'development
*    Over time the kind of food affects the evolution of a species
*    Climate is a contributing factor in evolution

Area of Exploration (pick one): Wild horses,    Bears,      Apes.

Experiencing Exercise

Using evolution-of-species charts, maps of continental drift and records of climate over the ages examine the evolutionary changes in your chosen species, imagining the glass bubbles, or global communities in which they lived at each stage of development.

Consider climate, food supply, possible life hazards.

Think!
Pretend you are there.

Use your imagination to pretend you are actually inside that glass bubble, that global community, with your selected species. Feel the situation. Respond to the need of your species. Understand what makes things happen.

Oral Presentations                    or                             Papers

*    Describe why major physical changes came to the body of your chosen species over time, even causing sub-species.

*    Clarify how climate changes caused the need for a different kind of food, and illustrate how the body adapted and changed in certain areas to accommodate the new food, new location, new climate. Document how life-styles changed and sub-species developed over the ages.

*    Record the special skills in survival, collection of food, dealing with danger, of the various sub-species as evolution occured in its different branches of the family tree.

Follow-up

Bringing the new knowledge home to see how it fits in our lives as well.

Imagine

You are in your private glass bubble, the global community in which you live every day.
Changes have come to your environment:
-    Temperatures have shot up 10% and stayed there.
-    There is no place for the water to drain off, and the rain falls every day.

How does this influence your daily life?
How do you dress?
How do you get to school?
Where do you play?
Where does your food come from now?
What is there around that you could eat?
What new skills do you need to develop?
How are the adults in your life coping with this?
What happened to their jobs?
Where would they move?







Suppose the climate change in our imaginary scenario persisted.

How might the human species evolve over the next 10,000 years?

Create a class project

Make a panoramic model of a global community with evolved humans, who have survived the heat and the water. Show all the likely adaptations they would make. Record other life-style changes including food.

Students taking part in such a study are quite likely to internalize the following basic truths:

*    what we put into our bodies matters
*    nature's laws must be respected and adapted to
*    climate can be dealt with once we understand its causes
*    there is still time for us to "clean up our act" as humans, and co-operate with nature to keep this planet healthy and comfortable for all life forms
*    every species relies heavily for survival on the co-operation and support of its global community
*    every single thing in a global community is an important part of the whole







14.   Teaching children to become self-confident thinkers

Could this be the subject of a Roundtable Discussion during the World Congress?
What makes children unable to think for themselves?
Rules?
Bossy parents?
Fear of adults?
Electronic media?


Being intuitive means we know things without knowing "how we know."
How much information children/grown-ups pass information intuitively?

Examine this:
posture, body language, kind of movement made (a happy walk,shoulder back, eye expression, etc.), a mood is set and seen; we get a feeling from that person (that person is sending off vibrations, energy, waves, and we perceive this mood or wave).

Children in a school yard are much more intuitive than grown-ups.


16.   Personal sustainable development for children

"The body is the horse the soul rides on ~ you dont get far on a sick horse."

There are a number of ideas to keep a child's development sustainable:

    16.1    Eating for power: combinations of foods that create vitality and health.
    16.2    Making good things to eat: simple meals children can make for themselves.
    16.3    Where good food comes from: individual garden plots at school growing food that keeps them strong and healthy. Community effort is necessary to make this work ~ gardens grow during summer holidays. They need constant care.
    16.4    Developing the perfectly healthy body: games and exercises, activities that develop a great body(swimming, skating, skiing, roller-blading, etc.)
    16.5    Developing an open mind: ideas, concepts, attitudes that have proven to work well in foreign societies as well as our own.
    16.6    How learning works:  how to study, how to memorize, how to think, logic. Finding "best ways" to do things, workable sound solutions.
    16.7    Children have to learn to become problem solvers as they will be facing global problems on a daily basis.
    16.8    How kindness works: how people react; cause and effect of action; living smoothly.
    16.9    What is happiness: LOVE is a verb; one does nice things for others.
 
 

Suggested  ideas upon which a creative teacher may build a program in Personal
Sustainable Development for Children, which develops their ability to make decisions.

Most of us have been brought up with the knowledge adults make their own choices ~ and
pay the price. Could children not be made aware of this as well?

Even a child could see if he acts in certain ways, things can backfire and cause harm. And also
that he can act in ways that attracts good things ~ even over a period of time.

If a child has the habit of reacting to unpleasant life events in knee-jerk revenge or angry
responses, sparks fly and nasty side-effects flare up all around him. Such action causes
memories that rankle for years.

It is very important for children to have experience in choosing to react well, even in little
things.

It is not so important that one agree with other children all the time. One obeys parents and
teachers. But a child has to be taught it is not required of him to be somebody's victim; that
is o.k. to disagree with a course of action.

What must be let go is the uncontrolled way some children react to the troubles of their lives.
Let us teach them making unproductive choices attracts even more trouble and frustration.
Reacting in inappropriate ways in time of conflict must stop.

Teaching a child how to sustain the development of his own life toward happy solutions calls
for a series of small victories, each one easily achieved.

Perhaps the best place to start is care and management of the child's own room at home,
and his own personal care. Once the child feels he has his personal space just the way he
wants it, he can advance to dealing one by one with family members, later on, school-mates.

Older children could be encouraged to keep a journal about incidents, and how things happened
and were worked out.

Referring back to these records, a child gains a sense of mastery, and quickly builds up finesse
with successful ways and means, good phrases to use and so on.

It won't take long before a child has solid evidence that bad luck and tough breaks were only
wrong moves that could have been avoided.

He'll get the conviction it is not people or "things" that makes him happy. He is making himself
happy ~ it is a state of mind he has created for himself.

This self-improvement journey will sustain him for as long as he uses it, the results to be
enjoyed for ever.



17.    In sustaining the development of your own life

If making these ideas on personal sustainable development a natural pattern for your life, you may quickly internalize them by starting to practice them
                        17.1    in your own room
                        17.2    in your own family
                        17.3    with your own friends
                        17.4    in your own Global Community

Try them out. Keep a journal and refer back to the results occasionally. Record whose welfare you were considering as well as your own when you came to a decision how to act. Soon you will find ways to "finesse" your behaviour, phrases that work. Actions that pays off in a good way.

You will realize what you had formerly considered "back luck", or "tough breaks" now has an entirely new explanation and, best of all, YOU are in control of you. Besides, others like you better. You like yourself better too.

Worth a try?

 

 

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