When humanity first discovered a way to control fire at will, humanity dreamt about all the benefits of such power over Nature and, over the thousands of years following this discovery, humanity realized all its dreams of having this control. It was good, and more. A matter of survival! Humanity was discovering itself as we are doing today with Global Law.
Global Law is like the control over fire. Global Law is the control over ourselves as a species, our human nature, for our own survival. Humanity discovering itself. We know Global Law is needed! Humanity knows it is a matter of survival. We know it in ourselves just like humanity knew the control over fire was going to be beneficial. Let us all dream about the benefits of Global Law, and what they will do to our survival as a species. Dreams will be realized soon after. More likely sooner than later.
During the past thousands of years humanity has lived with the life program information transferred into the brain via two ways: our genes, and education and upbringing. The mechanism of biological information protection did the rest. We are lock, stock, and barrel with the old stock. In a way! Today our species is evolving to rid itself of the old thoughts that are threatening its future and survival. This is a survival reaction and is very real. Our species will accomplish the evolutionary leap within a generation. The next step is the creation of new thoughts, thousands of them. Healthy thoughts! The kind that will sustain Earth. This was accomplished through the Global Dialogue process.
There is a way to make things right for all life on Earth. We have to face the fact that the species survival reaction is here and is growing. We see today the seeds of this reaction which includes all social, political and religious aspects of our lives. All of our ways and values are changing and evolving. Global Civilization is giving proper guidance. The establisment and working of Global Law is now the goal to achieve.
The control over fire now requires the control of ourselves as a People, one humanity, as the Global Community, over the destructive impacts of our activities on the planet. We just need to use our brain a bit more, that is to understand better what we are doing to the global environment and the global life-support systems, and to act accordingly.
Over time, the control over fire has had consequences that can bring about our own destruction, the end of humanity and of life on Earth. Our activities are causing the global warming of the planet. Think about how this is done! A fire requires three basic elements: a burning substance, a spark and Oxygen. No fire can exist without all three elements. Combustion or burning is a chemical reaction in which a fuel combines with Oxygen, releasing heat and producing an oxide. The commonest types of fuel are organic materials containing carbon and hydrogen, from which the waste products are typically carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide, water and sometimes smoke. It is clear that human activities are putting tremendous quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels. Vehicle exhausts, coal-burning power plant, factory smokestacks, and other waste vents of the industrial age now pump billions of metric tons of CO2 greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere each year from fossil fuel combustion. There is evidence that concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere are related to global temperatures. Evidence is from a variety of sources and reflects relationships between gas concentrations and temperatures over a wide range of time scales. Whenever there is an increase in CO2 concentrations there is also an increase in the temperature of the air. Since monitoring began in the 50s, fossil fuels burning was found to be the major contributor of the increase in CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere and, therefore, of the increase in air temperature causing global warming of the planet. Concentrations have increased approximately 21% since 1958. The average rate of increase since 1958 has been about 0.4%/year, which is an absolute increase of about 1.5 parts per million by volume (ppmv). CO2 persists for a long time in the atmosphere and has a residence time in the order of decades to a century.
Greenhouse gas emissions have increased at the same rate as the overall world economic production, measured by the Gross World Product (GWP). The GWP reflects the increase in worldwide industrialization and human population levels. The use of fossil fuels in transportation, industry, heating and power generation throughout the world has increased steadily over the past 40 years. This has resulted in increases in greenhouse gas emissions.
Global warming findings predict that increased amounts of CO2 tend to increase the greenhouse effect and thus cause a man-made global warming. The widespread opinion that there is currently a warming phase and that the increased carbon dioxide amounts are a major contributor to it has led to widespread support for international agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol which aim to regulate the release of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Various scenarios of future emissions due to human activities predict that increased atmospheric concentrations equivalent to a doubling of CO2 by 2100 is unavoidable, and a tripling or greater by that time is a distinct possibility.
Now we see that the control over fire has brought us close to the extinction of our species and that of all life on the planet. We must now control our activities to benefit all life. The burning of fossil fuels is no longer an option and need to be replaced by processes none-threatening to the global life-support systems. That is today's challenge. And that is the reason for researching and developing Global Law.
a) The Portal of the Global Civilization is being researched and developed by members of the Executive Council of Global Ministers and by the Global Community through the Global Dialogue process