A Plan for the Nations – Step Four

Byron, Arnold J. | September 4, 2018 | Leave a Comment Download as PDF

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Arnold Byron has previously written about his Plan for the Nations in the MAHB blog. Step Four is a synthesis of these posts and a call to action for how we may ignite this plan.


In the beginning plants and animals of every kind were already on the scene. The atmosphere had been cleaned of excess greenhouse gases, the land was rich in nutrients and the waters were abundant above and below ground. The first humans came into a veritable Garden of Eden. There was no reason to limit population growth so the population grew, now there are more than 7.5 billion people and diminishing resources. Now we are in trouble.

In its march into the future humanity has come to a fork in the road. Shall humanity continue on its current path or shall we turn onto the fork? I want to thank Mr. Geoffrey Holland for his article, The End Game for a Truly Planetary Society. In his article Mr. Holland writes, “The path to a future that is sustainable and life-affirming will be built on a profound reshaping of the way we humans organize ourselves. Exactly what that remaking will look like would be an educated guess at this point.”

I hope that Mr. Holland will concur that we have indeed come to a fork in the road and that, somehow, a decision must be made to lead humanity onto the new road. Who will make that decision? Our leaders, of course. The question is: How do we make these leaders decide that changing the direction of humanity will be better than forging blindly ahead? They need to be shown a plan. One that they can buy into.

Mr. Holland calls for a future built on a profound reshaping of the way we humans organize ourselves. This means that we need to find answers to real questions. For instance. What is the quickest and best way to reach negative population growth? Where will the money to put solar panels on every building in the world come from? If we decide to stop using fossil fuels, how will we get the petroleum products we will need as we transition to renewable solar?

Who will make decisions about questions like these. Should changes be made in a willy-nilly fashion or should there be a plan?

I have outlined my Plan for the Nations in previous MAHB blog posts. These articles are based on my book, Of Population and Pollution- A Global Warming Primer. Global warming, overpopulation and other planetary crises will only be resolved when the leaders of the nations create a global office and give that office the authority to do what is necessary.

What will this global office look like?

The Alliance
The Alliance

 

The Alliance is the name I have given this global office. It will be given the authority to solve global warming and related problems. It will be comprised of twelve elected scholars, all from colleges or universities: six from science departments and six from comparative religion. Why educational leadership? I want the twelve committee members to be intelligent and capable; they must not have sociopathic tendencies or special interest agendas. Candidates from science and comparative religion departments fit the above criteria.

The Alliance will have two committees. These committees will answer to The Alliance only.  It is important to note that the Alliance and subcommittees could be established prior to the nations formalizing them into a global office. Doing so would give The Alliance and subcommittees an opportunity to argue their potential efficacy.

The Committee of the Prominent will be made up of the most prominent people in the world. Members will be appointed by The Alliance. A number of emissaries, who will stand in when the committee member is not available, will be appointed to each member. The committee will serve The Alliance by educating leaders and citizens in all nations about the issues, by promoting the importance of creating a global office, and by engaging banks, oligarchs and insurance companies about money and other resources that will be needed.

The Association will be comprised of twelve elected members who will be responsible for carrying out the orders and policies made by The Alliance. For example, the Association will be responsible for overseeing the development of infrastructure to meet the goals of using only renewable energy sources and removing carbon from the atmosphere. Efforts to end global warming will require offices around the world. Elected members must have knowledge and skills in business, engineering, government and human relations. I have laid out the election procedures here, in chapter 12 of my book. Term limits and other rules will be drafted to circumscribe the committee and its work.

Who will make this happen?

Colleges and universities are the repositories of our intellect and creativity, I envision them having the foresight to pull this together. It will require changes to laws and regulations. Educational law departments across the globe should step up to write the treaties, charters, constitutions and laws needed for this plan. I suggest these agreements be nonbinding until a majority or supermajority of nations agree.

University presidents and boards of regents must begin the process by forming a worldwide association of colleges and universities. Students: the future is yours. You may have to start agitating in your colleges and universities to wake up your elders.

To those out there in the blogosphere: How can you and I reach out to the regents, the presidents and the department heads of our colleges and universities, worldwide? It is up to us to encourage the college leaders to push the political leaders. Political leaders will listen to a board of regents. Once a few universities announce they agree, the number will increase quickly.

 

Conclusions

I am convinced that we need a global office in charge of our efforts. So far, no real progress on a global scale has resulted from humanity’s efforts because there has been no coordinated effort. A Plan for the Nations will work if everybody wants it to work.

I would be very happy to leave this up to the United Nations to do. But, the United Nations cannot do it, the security council veto will allow special interest agendas to interfere. When the nations are ready to approve a global office the nations will be prudent to establish an advisory group. The United Nations could be included in this group.

 Many people have ideas. They should all be considered.

 If the nations adopt this plan, then twelve people will have the authority to decide how humanity will be reshaped. They will need ideas from everywhere.  Our ideas will finally be seen by an actionable authority.


 

Arnold Byron is a retired United States Customs Inspector who, in his retirement, has worked for legalizing marijuana. He was born in 1941 in the upper Midwest. While living and working near the Canadian Border, he saw how winters were growing warmer over time. By 2014 he decided to write his thoughts into a book titled Of Population and Pollution –A Global Warming Primer. He joined MAHB in 2016.


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  • Michael Mielke

    MAHB readers and colleagues,

    These ideas are good as far as they go, but they will not go anywhere until and unless far more of us realize that we are in ecological overshoot already, contraction is a given, …………………….

    and that climate chaos will inflict disasters for many decades and centuries ……………..

    because of what we have done prior to 2018, and the heat built in because of thermal lag.

    Therefore, we are in a salvage operation. Salvaging some viable future options for us, fellow animals, and our living systems (upon which we depend utterly), is a collective, cultural and international Job-One!

    But, how many “get-it,” and how many understand the speed and scale required in order to salvage shards of viability. Triage is our work, if there is any crucial work.

    Triage, because this civilization has gone by its “pull-by” date.

    Call it what you wish, but collapse, contraction, involuntary simplicity, and other terms like them will be lived this century. No matter what.

    • Arnold Byron

      Michael, your comment substantiates the need for a single global office built on people who are intelligent and capable; and who do not have special agendas or personal agendas. You speak of the need for triage which means: let this one die; try to save that one. Examples of triage might be: let the Orcas and other plants and animals, large or small, disappear except for the plants and animals that humans eat; or allow the population to continue growing exponentially rather than giving life to the idea of reducing the population in a nonviolent, non-eugenic, safe and humane manner; or continue the use of atomic energy for military arsenals and electricity production rather than rather than giving life to renewable energy sources, namely, the sun and gravity; or accept the idea that it’s best to leave the saving of humanity and the planet up to the corporations because they are already established and have the bulk of the money and resources, rather than accepting the idea that the corporations will not be able to save humanity because they will have to stop their work as soon as they do not make a profit.
      Triage means that there will be winners and losers. Who will make these decisions? We need a single, global office that has been given the authority to do triage. That authority will gather the resources it needs to improve and heal all that humanity has done wrong to date.
      The reality is that we can talk about triage, but nothing will be done until a single authority is in place. You said that my ideas are good, as far as they go. I have given a rough framework to set up the single authority that can do the triage. My idea is to push the colleges and universities to develop the intricacies of the framework into a global endeavor that will save humanity and help return the planet to a place where the available resources will be in sync with the size of the population.
      Please tell everyone, especially any college or university students, professors, department heads, presidents or regents, that time is short. We must act. We cannot wait.

      • Michael Mielke

        Arnold,

        I do not believe that you discuss either the connotation or denotation of triage.

  • Geoffrey Holland

    I am humbled that Arnold Byron, the author of this plan for shaping a better world, found value in my own writing about building a truly planetary society.. Mr. Byron has developed a design worthy of discussion as humans work for a future that is life-affirming and sustainable. The MAHB platform has become a wonderful outlet for planetary thinkers like Mr. Byron.

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  • dougcarmichael

    I do not think we will get very far if we cannot create images of how ordinary people would be affected and can respond. People at all levels are terrified of losing their incomes. People are not crazy to stay in a leaky canoe if they do not have an alternative canoe. A measure corporation president said to me, “Doug would you rather that we continue for 15 years and then collapse, or try to change now and collapsed now.?”

    Most people have long since been convinced that we have a major problem. They are not stupid. Part of the problem is we have no leadership that can lead but leadership cannot conceive of a plan that could get people to redeploy from current economic activity to new sustainable activity. Most people suspect that their losing out is part of the plan for the future. This is the point of major resistance.

    • Geoffrey Holland

      In this country, much of the millennial generations does seem to understand that their future is in peril. The first step in shaping a better future will be to repudiate the politicians that have enabled government ‘of, by, and for big money’. Getting the dirty money out of our politics is job one. All else becomes possible when we have a government that puts people and nature first.

    • Arnold Byron

      Mr. Holland is correct about the need for discussion. The leaders in government, religion, business and academia all have to be weighing in on an actual plan that will enable all of the physical work that will need to be done and a plan to reach negative population growth. The discussion has to extend to the masses by way of our messy media outlets. The discussion needs to go way beyond this blog and all of the blogs taken together. I think a vigorous discussion might last for several years before any global office is created.

      These kinds of activities have to be coordinated on a global level. We cannot think locally or nationally about all of the individual crises that need to be faced now and in the future. Globally is pretty big. Nothing can be done on that scale without a single authority of some kind planning, coordinating and directing everything that needs to be done. We need a complete discussion of every aspect so that the single authority is put together in such a way that it can be controlled and no unintended consequences will ensue.

      I was amused by the assertion that collapse would occur as soon as we tried to change from unfettered growth and wastefulness to something new and different. I acknowledge that collapse might happen now or in 15 years or in 1,000 years. Who knows? My thought is that the sun will go nova in 4 to 6 billion years. We are told that the natural occurrence of the sun will end all life on Earth in 1 billion years. Our obligation is to do what we can to insure that humanity will be alive and well in 1 billion years. Yes we are at a fork in the road and what we do will affect the future of humanity.

      • dougcarmichael

        interesting to be midunderstood. collapse now is not just surmise like earthquake predictions. it is based on the understanding that shifting millions out if their current energy intense jobs would create such turmoil that collapse would follow quickly. just one line of causality ; mortgages don’t get paid, banks fail, pension funds collapse.

        only by taking such concerns of normal people seriously can we hope to get them on the side of change.

        • Arnold Byron

          The problem is that the energy intense jobs you speak of are because we are using up Earths sequestered fossil fuels. When those are gone your scenario of collapse will happen. There is no getting away from it. This is why we have to change from using fossil fuels to building a global lifestyle based on sustainable fuels. Humanity will not be able to make such an incomprehensibly large transition unless there is a single agency to coordinate the effort. I want the law departments of colleges and universities, everywhere in the world, to step up and design such an office, then sell their design to the leaders of the nations of the world.

          I have merely laid out a broad outline of the things I think the colleges and universities need to do. I will ask that you help your friends, neighbors and fellow bloggers understand that humanity has grown in population thereby increasing the amount of fossil fuel being burned, thus exacerbating the global warming problem. The answer to your worry about losing jobs in a disappearing scenario is to create jobs in a sustainable scenario.