For my first blog of the new year 2013, I want to ask the question “What is the best that 2013 can become for all Humanity?”
It is not a question that many people will be thinking about but it is really the most important question that we should be considering. The reason it is so important is because we are all part of humanity and what happens to humanity also happens to all of us of course. Whether in the short-term or the long-term and whether we consciously realize it or not. Ultimately we all share one world and one future, whether a positive or negative one.
Further questions are now implied to answer the initial question: “What is the state of the world today and our likely future at this moment in time?” And, “What are the global markers which can be used to measure the state of the world and future?”
The Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2012 Report contained this excellent overview of the state of the world and thus the state of humanity at our current critical crossroads: In 1992, governments at the Rio Earth Summit made a historic commitment to sustainable development— an economic system that promotes the health of both people and ecosystems. Twenty years and several summits later, human civilization has never been closer to ecological collapse, one third of humanity lives in poverty, and another 2 billion people are projected to join the human race over the next 40 years. How will we move toward sustainable prosperity equitably shared among all even as our population grows, our cities strain to accommodate more and more people, and our ecological systems decline? In short, “sustainable prosperity” would come as a result of ecological regenerative development that enables all human beings to live with their basic needs met, with their dignity acknowledged, and with abundant opportunity to pursue lives of satisfaction and happiness, all without risk of denying others in the present and the future the ability to do the same. This means not just preventing further degradation of Earth’s systems, but actively restoring those systems to full health. This will require a dramatic redirection of the global economy—shifting distribution of wealth, moving away from a growth-centric system, prioritizing the creation of green jobs, and transforming entire sectors, such as agriculture, transportation and buildings. While this is a daunting task, failure will lead us to an ecologically degraded future where the vast majority of humanity will never be able to be prosperous, but will simply eke out an existence on a hot, unstable planet.
This overview says it all about our current world and the massive worldshift required to ensure a positive future for humanity. I can add a further critical fact, as previously set out in my earlier blog War and Peace 2012, that in 2012 the estimated direct Annual World Expenditure on Military and Armaments will reach another world record of over $1.5 Trillion Dollars! While a fraction of this obscene amount of collective human wealth and resources, perhaps 10 to 15% annually, could possibly solve most of our most serious global concerns such as Poverty, Hunger, AIDS, Climate Change, etc.”
The bottom line is clear. For such an urgent worldshift to take place as set out in the State of the World 2012 report there must be an equivalent shift in our governance and leadership everywhere. Our current world political system based on over 200 nation-states in eternal conflict over resources and political ideologies must be transformed into a global governance system that serves all the people of the world, not just the super-wealthy and special-interest groups. And a system that reflects the priorities and values of peace and sustainability held by the vast majority of the world’s people. The alternative is equally clear – global societal and ecological collapse which is sadly but undeniably our current path.
Empowering people worldwide to participate democratically in the needed massive shift is essential. Today each of us with access to the internet can access all accumulated human knowledge for the first time in history. And for the first time in history we can connect, communicate and collaborate across borders and boundaries to build the world and future we want and need on behalf of our children, grandchildren and all future generations.
As I said in my December 24th blog; “Now that we are all on the other side of 12/21/12 we can truly become a New Humanity by informing and empowering ourselves to connect, communicate and collaborate locally and globally using our new tools and understandings to build the needed New World by addressing age-old challenges and embracing new opportunities. This a new era of hope and unprecedented possibilities. The old world and it’s systems based on domination, control and greed are collapsing around us under their own weight of fundamental imbalance, inequity and widespread corruption in the highest places. Thus there is no need to change the old world. It can no longer be changed. The fate of the old world is sealed and rightly so. Let us now co-create and build our New World together in the wonderful spirit that circled the world over these last few days!”
Happy 2013 to all! This year will undoubtedly be a most critical one for our human future. Let us each do the best we can to ensure it is a positive one!