VII. Pedia Sapiens: A Genesis Future on Earth and the Ecosmos
6. A Viable Gaiasphere: Planetary Patriots
Earth Charter Initiative. www.earthcharter.org. This is an international program affiliated with the United Nations, empowered by leaders such as Maurice Strong and Mikhael Gorbachov. An Earth Charter has been prepared stating that the sustainable care of the earth should rightly be the primary concern of humanity today. This document along with many other relevant handbooks and materials can be accessed at this website. The Charter leads off with this vital cosmological dimension which draws on both astrophysical science and indigenous wisdom.
An international program affiliated with the United Nations empowered by leaders such as Maurice Strong and Mikhael Gorbachov which has prepared a charter statement that the sustainable care of the earth should rightly be the primary concern of humanity today. This document along with many other relevant handbooks and materials can be accessed at this website. The Charter leads off with this profound cosmological dimension which draws on both astrophysical science and indigenous wisdom.
InVIVO: A Collaborative Network for Planetary Health. www.invivonetwork.com. We are a progressive, humanist, scientific movement promoting both evidence and advocacy for People, Place, Purpose, and Planet. A 2018 informative site for this energetic worldwide option to a plethora of global maladies, as they reach a critical, maybe terminal condition. Formally the InFLAME Global Initiative, its main founder is Susan Prescott, an Australian pediatrician, see herein her paper with Alan Logan for much more. The opening, appropriate image, a painting by Susan, is a half-round Earth with a hand holding it, quite as a gravid pregnancy.
Sustainable Development Solutions Network. http://unsdsn.org. This Global Initiative for the United Nations to “mobilize scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving at local, national, and global scales” was launched in August 2012 by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. From the home page can be accessed its main document An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development. As an example of its import, the editor-in-chief is Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, to which an extraordinary array of international practitioners contributed. As a sample, “Ten Priority Challenges” include End extreme poverty, Effective learning for all children and youth for life and livelihood, and Improve agriculture systems and raise rural prosperity.
Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld. A United Nations directive and manifesto that cites goals over the next 15 years by which to achieve a habitable biosphere we do not yet have. Here is a brief sampling of wishful agendas, but as we note for Shima Beigi herein, nothing will live unless men can stop incessant warfare.
People We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment. Planet We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations. Prosperity We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature. Peace We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development Partnership We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalized Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.
World Pulse: Women & Children Transforming Our World. www.worldpulsemagazine.com. The website for a new journal of woman’s and indigenous wisdom to extend their task of cleaning up after men to a vital global phase aided by local initiatives. The current issue, No. 2, contains articles such as raising African orphans after AIDS, efforts for peace in Sri Lanka, a natural healing vision by grandmothers from every continent, and programs for female education. Here is an excerpt from the talk of Bernadette Rebienot, a grandmother from the rainforests of Gabon.
“Is the world sick?” Unfortunately we are bringing up this topic rather late in the game since this immeasurable organism called Earth is already beset with gangrene. Our planet is sick from the never-ending ravages of people, pollution, abusive power, jealousy, and hatred. (35) Today’s civilization has been cut loose from the essential roots that formed humanity. We are destroying and polluting nature. The people of the future will no longer be those who believe exclusively in logic, in the reign of numbers and capital, but rather those who have understood that the net of tomorrow’s society resides in respect and consideration of the Other. Such respect would mean that dialogue would replace war. (35)
Le Prestre, Philippe. Global Ecopolitics Revisited. London: Routledge, 2017. A Laval University, Quebec political scientist proposes a new approach guided by an array of complex, living systems principles. A final chapter is thus appropriately titled Toward Fractal Governance.
Alberti, Marina. Cities That Think like Planets: Complexity, Resilience, and Innovation in Hybrid Ecosystems. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016. The University of Washington professor of design and planning, with many colleagues, achieves a visionary vista of integral human-earth habitabilities. Since peoples increasingly cluster and abide in large urban centers, it is vital they take on a true organism-like, sustainability. Going forward, a dynamically creative project of vitality, regeneration and wellness is scoped out via mindful sensitivities of a finite bio/eco-sphere. For this website then, could a next phase be “a planet that thinks as a person?”
As human activity and environmental change come to be increasingly recognized as intertwined phenomena on a rapidly urbanizing planet, the field of urban ecology has risen to offer useful ways of thinking about coupled human and natural systems.
Allen, T. P. H., et al. Supply-Side Sustainability. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003. Ecologists propose a human commerce that is sensitive to environmental principles as the way to achieve a sustainable world. This can be enhanced by a “self-reflective science” that does not try to manage or control, as modernity would, but allows for a postmodern, self-organizing dynamics. In their “flux-oriented view,” natural selection is an external, evaluative complement to internal, generative thermodynamic forces. Altogether they can describe an oriented evolutionary emergence.
New York: Hyperion,
In a work we have been waiting for, the editor of Wired magazine augurs a megatrend from a centuries old monetary cost for goods and services to a 21st century economy based on giving them away, which then creates all sorts of other business activities and prosperities. Among many cases are free websites, university educations, airline tickets, that serve to generate substantive flows around them. Along with a world cleansed of viral guns and weapons, here is a vital liberation from addictive obsession with money as an end all, now in epochal crash mode.
Ayton-Shenker, Diana, ed. A New Global Agenda: Priorities, Practices, and Pathways of the International Community. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. A collection by mostly woman authors which advises that only by an inclusive emphatic unity can a resolve and pathway forward become possible. Its three parts, People, Society, and Planet, cover issues such as Essential Freedoms, Regenerative Development, Health and Wellness, Collaborative Leadership, and Security and Pease We note Women Rebuilding Societies: Resiliency from the Bottom Up by Laurie Adams, An Economy in Service to Life by Hunter Lovins, and especially Crowdsourcing the Feminine Intelligence of the Planet by Jensine Larsen (see bio below).
Diana Ayton-Shenker is a senior fellow (mellow) at The New School in New York. Named one of “25 Leading Women Changing the World” by Good Business New York, Diana is founding CEO of philanthropic strategy and social innovation firm, Global Momenta, helping private foundations, families, and ventures optimize their social impact. (Amazon)
Barrett, Gary and Almo Farina, eds. Integrating Ecology and Economics. Bioscience. 50/4, 2000. An introduction to a dedicated issue wherein authors consider the life and human carrying capacity of the planetary biosphere. This leads to a call for a new field of integrative study known as “noospheric economics” which can join people and nature.
Batello, Caterina, et al.. The Future is an Ancient Lake. Rome: FAO Interdepartmental Working Group for Food and Agriculture, 2004. Traditional knowledge, biodiversity and genetic resources are carefully applied to achieve an intentional sustainability for the Lake Chad ecosystems.