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A)   The Glass Bubble concept of 'a Global Community', the Global Community, the Human Family, the Earth Community.
B)   The definition of Sustainable Development with the idea that free trade and the planetary trading blocks are serving the Human Family, and not the other way around for the benefits of a few people.
C)   Universal Values, Global Governance, Earth Environmental Governance,
D)   Scale of Human and Earth Rights, and
E)     Personal Sustainable Development pathway.


A) The Glass Bubble concept
"a Global Community"

The Glass Bubble is designed to illustrate the concept of "a global community" to elementary school children as opposed to the idea a community is "the street where I live."

It is an imaginary space enclosed in a glass bubble. Inside this is everything the child can see: above to the clouds, below into the waters of a lake or in the earth, to the horizons in front, in back, and on the sides. Every creature, every plant, every person, every structure that is visible to him (her) is part of this "global community."

By focusing on familiar ground in this manner it can be taught that every living thing within the glass bubble is there because his/her food is there, his/her home is there, all he/she needs to survive is there. And every creature will stay as long as what his/her needs remains to be available within that "global community."

Look up, look down, to the right, to the left, in front and behind you.

Imagine all this space is inside a giant clear glass bubble.
This is "a global community."

Wherever you go, you are inside a "global" community. Every thing, every living creature there, interacts one upon the other. Influences inter-weave and are responsible for causes and effects. Worlds within worlds orbiting in and out of one another's space, having their being.

Your presence has influence on everything else inside your immediate global community.

Learn to be aware of that and act accordingly, to create good or destroy, to help or to hurt. Your choice.

Now let us explore this Global Community that we have visited and discover why each member is important ~ each bird, each tree, each little animal, each insect, plant and human being ~ and how all work together to create a good place to live.

You walk like a giant in this Global Community. To all the tiny members you are so big, so powerful, even scary…

You can make or break their world. But by knowing their needs, and taking care, you can help your whole Global Community be a good one.

From the experience in your life and local community tell us:

*    Why are you important to this "Global Community"?
*    Why is it important to you?
*    What do you like about it?
*    What bothers you about it?
*    Anything need to be done?
*    What is really good there?
*     What is very very important?
*     What is not so important?
*     What is not good?
*     What is needed to keep the good things?
*     What could make them even better?
*     What could you do to keep the good things good?
*     Could they help get rid of bad things?
*     What unimportant things need to go?
*     How could you help get rid of these things?

to sustain Earth, humanity and all life.

Let each child be aware he either grows up to be a person who helps or a person who destroys.
Each child makes his own choice. He creates his own future in this way. He becomes a responsible citizen.

This may or may not inspire some sort of creative project of what "could be" to aid this Global Community to remain healthy.

To interact knowledgeably within one's global community has to be taught ~ especially to urban children. It has to be brought to them very clearly all life forms interact and depend upon other life forms for survival. They need to know "reasons why" ignorance of nature's law causes such damage, and why working in harmony with nature produces such good results.

The concept of the Glass Bubble can be extended to include the planet Earth and all the "global communities" contained therein.

The following definition of The Global Community is appropriate:

"The Global Community is defined as being all that exits or occurs at any location at any time between the Ozone layer above and the core of the planet below."  

B)  Definition of sustainable development

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. Earth Community Organization can help you realized 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 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
   the reason for creating the Earth Community Organization and Earth Government
    Earth management



C)  Universal Values, Global Governance, Earth Environmental Governance

All universal values obtained during the World Congress were listed in the Proceedings on this website.

Universal Values, Global Governance, Earth Environmental Governance.

D)    Scale of Human and Earth Rights.

The Scale of Human Rights was introduced for the first time by members of the Earth Community Organization during the August 2000 World Congress on Managing and Measuring Sustainable Development. It was discussed further in the December 2000 Newsletter.

The  Earth Community Organization has developed a scale of human rights in order of importance with the ecological rights being the most important (they supersede all other rights; and so on down the scale). The scale is shown here. 

*    Ecological rights, the protection of the global life-support systems 
*     Primordial human rights
*    The ecological rights,  the protection of the global life-support systems and the primordial human rights of future generations
*    Community rights and the right that the greatest number of people has by virtue of its number (50% plus one) and after voting democratically representatives to Earth Government
*    Economic rights (business and consumer rights, and their responsibilities and accountabilities) and social rights (civil and political rights)
*    Cultural rights and religious rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights resides in the fact that it gives equal emphasis to cultural rights, economic and social rights, and civil and political rights.  The Earth Community Organization asks how meaningful is the right to life or to participation in political life if the ecological base (the base of life) is seriously threatened:

*    wilderness is vastly disappearing
*    climate change affects everyone and everything
*    the ozone layer is dangerously damaged by man-made chemicals
*    global warming causes major local and global problems
*    our drinking (fresh) water is becoming more polluted and the increase in population requires much more fresh unpolluted water
*    clean air no longer exists; air contains chemicals affecting life all over the planet
*    farmers do not generally engage on their own in investment in soil conservation and despite all other efforts the world is loosing its best soils
*    everyone wants to consume more products, and thus use more of our resources, and no one seems to know what to do with wastes
*    wars destroy not only human lives but also other lifeforms and the environment

The Earth Community Organization found evident that the ecological base is the essential prerequisite for the effectiveness and exercise of all rights recognized for human beings. The stewardship of the ecological base has to be given priority before the fulfilment of various economic and social wishes. Demands resulting from the socio-economic system of a particular country have to find their limits in the protection of the global ecosystem. Vital interests of future generations have to be considered as having priority before less vital interests of the present generation. Supply chains have to be designed in a way, that the goods can enter after usage or consumption into natural or industrial recycling processes. If serious damages to persons, animals, plants and the ecosystem cannot be excluded, an action or pattern of behaviour should be refrained from. A measure for supplying goods or services should choose a path which entails the least possible impact on the ecological and social system concerned. This way functioning proven systems will not be disturbed, and  unnecessary risks will not be taken. Supply strategies consuming less resources should have preference before those enhancing more resource consumption. The Earth Community Organization has also extended the idea of sustainability to be a moral and ethical state, as well as an economic and environmental state, wherein sustainable consumption patterns respect the universal values of peace, security, justice and equity within the human relationships that exist in Earth Community. 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 oppose to a measure or an action causing an irreversible loss. The existing and future uses of water are constantly challenged; balancing supply and demand is made even harder by the amounts of pollution found in the air, land and waters. A large part of our body is made of water, and we cannot live without water; therefore water is a primordial human right by our very nature. In order to avoid conflicts and wars over drinking (fresh) water, fresh water has been categorized as a primordial human rights. Industrial pollution plays a major role in the deterioration of nature but this time the level of pollution is above the carrying capacity of the ecosystem. Pollution also affects significantly human health and all lifeforms on Earth. Every person needs Oxygen to live so clean air is certainly also a primordial human right by our very nature.

Morally right actions or policies are those that result in the greatest number of people. The Earth Community Organization asks how meaningful is the right of the greatest number of people if they agree to the challenge or damage the ecological base of the Earth. The greatest number of people cannot and will not be allowed to supersede the rights of the ecological base of Earth.

The Earth Community Organization asks how meaningful is the right to life or to participation in political life if poverty, gender inequality, destitution and epidemics prevent individuals from enjoying freedom of movement, freedom to vote, to marry and so on? The Earth Community Organization found evident that economic and social rights are the essential prerequisite for the effectiveness and exercise of all other rights (other than ecological rights) recognized for human beings. This was the reason for organizing the World Congress: to find the best ways to sustain us all. The developing countries are having a harder time than others to achieve the exercise of these rights on a lasting basis, with the problems of economic globalization presenting new challenges. We must therefore beware of enforcing economic rights alone to the detriment of individual civil rights and the rights of all individuals to decide their own fate and the future of their country, their political rights. The universality of human rights recognizes the right of all individuals to participate in the cultural life of their community and of other country, to receive education and training, and to be informed. During the World Congress, you were asked  to list universal values that were the most important, very important, important, not so important, and values that should be let go in order to sustain all life on Earth. The Earth Community Organization is aware that traditional customs and standards could burden the sustainability of all life on Earth. They could burden Earth society or any society forever, and holds individuals in a straitjacket. We cannot accept that. No one can! There are choices to be made and you must make them. Cultures can develop and can go on developing. Even religious beliefs may evolve (read the article 'Religious beliefs, Peace in the world and Earth management'). We are living now and we are able to create these changes. We are at least as bright, most certainly brighter, than the people who were living thousand of years ago.  As far as the Earth Community Organization is concerned, cultural and religious differences cannot be a reason or an excuse or a pretext for not respecting human rights including and most importantly the ecological rights. Quite the contrary, all kinds of cultures may promote human rights and especially cultural rights. They are different in their achievements, but they are equal in dignity where they are expressions of  freedom. At any time or in any given place, men, women and children use their culture to invent new ways of making human rights a living reality. Diversity enriches us if it respects the dignity of each individual, and if it takes account of  human rights as a whole.

The Earth Community Organization is concerned with the sustainability of current levels and patterns of consumption and with the economic, political, personal, environmental, availability of resources, societal and spiritual impact of excessive, run-away consumption. The goal of the World Congress was to find a balanced, sustainable global consumption. About 20% of Earth’s people account for 80% of the world's total consumption. Globalization of the world economic system is proceeding at a very rapid pace, and is generally promoted as being welfare-improving.

Globalization is a process interaction which involves growing economic interdependence of countries worldwide with implications and impacts on social, cultural, political, environmental and familial aspects and rights. With the globalization of the economy comes now the task for defining the obligations that go with the rights. This phenomenon is also present in the arena of international finance. In this area, however, the presumed virtues of globalization are far from being materialised. Until now, no orderly or stable financial system has been implemented. Furthermore, the current financial system does not succeed in channelling sufficient funds to finance crucial world problems such as adequate social development in poor countries. We have assigned ourselves the task of defining a set of rules to balance consumption, consumer rights and responsibilities :

*    Socially responsible and sustainable to future generations
*    In line with the universal values defined above
*    In line with human rights and responsibilities defined above

Consumers' rights impinge on the rights of other humans living in  Earth Community. The right to choice is the consumer right that refers to the right to have a range and variety of goods and services at competitive, fair prices and variable, satisfactory quality. In order to assure choice in the developed country markets, governments have implemented trade laws to facilitate cross border transactions and transnational corporations (TNCs) have set up business off shore so they can lessen the cost of the production process. The goods that are available in the developed country markets are provided by slave labour, child labour, sweatshops or in countries that allow the TNCs to forego adhering to pollution or ecological concerns and human rights in pursuit of profit. Labour rights are abused in efforts to earn more profits. This leads to abhorrent working conditions, job insecurity and low living standards (all human rights). Consumers in developed countries have been socialized to want more and more things to consume but have not been socialized to appreciate the impact of their consumption choices on the human rights of other people; that is, they are not being responsible for their decisions.

The Earth Community Organization found a way of dealing with globalization: global ethics. In the past, corporations rule without checks and balances. For now on global ethics will be a basic minimum to do business, and there will be checks and balances. Our judgement will be based on global ethics. Global ethics must always be grounded in realities. But realities are changing constantly and are different in different places. We live in a world that makes progress toward democracy. Ethics and morality exist only when human beings can act freely. In our free society, rights are tied to responsibilities. Corporations are committed to improvement in business performance and want to be seen as 'good corporate citizens' on a local and a global scale. Corporations have social responsibilities as they are an integral part of society. Global ethics recalls that those realities, on which others build upon, have to be protected first. The Earth Community Organization found that universal values and human rights as described above were the foundation of global ethics.

The Earth Community Organization has now at hand the method and framework to conduct societal checks and balances of a global sustainable development. A more balance world economy will result of annual checks and balances. Corporations will take their social responsibilities and become involved in designing, monitoring, and implementing these checks and balances. Several corporations have already done so.  Results will be taken into account in the evaluation of sustainable development. Corporations are required to expand their responsibilities to include human rights, the environment, community and family aspects, safe working conditions, fair wages and sustainable consumption aspects.

Global consumption is a very important aspect of globalization. Consumers should be concerned with the impact of their decisions on the environment but also on the lives, human rights and well-being of other people. Since one of the key functions of families as a social institution is to engage in production (selling their labour in return for wages) and consumption (using those wages to buy goods and services), then the role of families has impacts on sustainable consumption and development.

Just as corporations have  social responsibilities and so do consumers in societies. Consumers are socialized to improve the quality of their lives. Quality of life is a multi-dimensional, complex and very subjective concept. For instance, someone who has changed their consumption habits to better ensure that their choices will make a better quality of life for themselves, the environment and future generations, may be seen by others as having a lower or inferior quality of life since they have removed themselves from the materialistic mainstream characteristic of our consumer society. Someone may feel that an absence of violence and abuse in their life leads to a higher quality of living even though they have fewer tangible resources, money, or shelter; peace of mind and freedom from abuse has increased the quality of their daily life relative to what it was like before. There are universal quality of life values which lead to "human betterment" or the improvement of the human condition. In addition to the value of species survival (human and other living organisms), they include: adequate resources, justice and equality, freedom, and peace or balance of power. A better quality of life for all people of  Earth Community is a goal for all of us and one of our universal values.

The Earth Community Organization found that an adequate level of health care is a universal value as well as a human right. We expect adequate health services to be accessible, affordable, compassionate and socially acceptable. We believe that every individual of a society is co-responsible for helping in implementing and managing health programmes along with the government and the public institutions.

           E)     Personal Sustainable Development pathway
                by Germain Dufour
                     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

    Personal Sustainable Development pathway
       by Germain Dufour
1.    Introduction
What do we want from the World Congress?
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 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?
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?
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 d’être  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.

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.


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


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?
Bossy parents?
Fear of adults?
Electronic media?

15.   Is the human race becoming more intuitive or instinctive?
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

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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