The "Life and Earth" web page and the "Life and Earth" book have been created in order to convey the urgency for countries and leaders to cooperate given the impact of the side effects of our technologies. This may be the only way to ensure the best future for Life and Earth. The Life and Earth Project is only one effort among many though. There are so many other individuals and groups who are also recognizing the repercussions of our technologies and taking action to ensure the welfare of Life and Earth.
If you have read the book, it is clear that the theme is that the leaders and countries of the world must rethink policies that are protectionist, that cause isolation, and that lead to divisiveness between cultures and countries. From what I can see (2018), world powers are only building greater barriers that are causing greater divisivness between each other. As a result countries are bound to strengthen their military capabilities in order to protect their own beliefs and economic interests. This seems to be a growing trend, especially as space is now becoming a growing frontier for military weapons. Instead, countries should see each other as allies against greater common threats, like the side-effects of our technologies. This potential alienation is likely going to increase the risk that dangerous world-impacting technologies will be used intentionally, or by accident.
We are entering a future where the risks related to nuclear weapons, bioengineering, artificial intelligence, overpopulation, abuse of resources, loss of species, climate change, and the ones that we cannot yet even imagine, will become parts of our daily lives. The stakes are now higher. A concerted and coordinated effort by leaders and countries is now urgent. Countries need to see themselves as a part of a global community moving forward together, with the powerful benefits that come from intelligent cooperation. We need to establish the best choices possible and get past our differences that prevent us from implementing these choices. For example we must understand the true scientific dynamics of climate change and act upon them together.
The suggestion in "Life and Earth" is to centralize decisions that affect Life and Earth globally through an empowered body such as a "Global Council" which would operate with the input of all countries who might want to participate. If such a body were created, capable of making intelligent decisions, with a deep understanding of physical science, human nature, and philosophy, then it might become a foundation for the development of a Universal Philosophy. This philosophy would exhibit a new way of global thinking and be incorporated into education systems globally and complement, not replace, existing education systems. Educating such a Universal Philosophy to the world is one step but we must also give less fortunate countries the standard of living that will enable them to incorporate such a philosophy into their education systems. This Universal Philosophy would be the means though which leaders, countries, and individuals could gravitate toward a way of cooperative, intelligent, thinking that might help us to find the best future possible.
I have created the hard copy of "Life and Earth" to send the aforementioned message to ALL world leaders and influential individuals. It is designed to be mailed easily yet still be simple, informative, and appealing. The glossy photos help to convey the messages in each discussion. This is far from a project for my own benefit. It is for all Life, the Earth, You, and myself. My hope is that by making "Life and Earth" available to world leaders and influential individuals, this could be a seed that might bring positive change for all Life. Possibly the creation of the books and their availability could become a self-propagating effort, funded by humanity. This is the Life and Earth Project.
The "Life and Earth " publication is a soft-cover self-published book, but it is also available as a pdf that you can download. The book includes the same photos found on the web page in a bright high quality gloss. It is mailed free to parties that might find it of interest, specifically some leaders of various countries and other influencial individuals. Hopefully it will offer some useful ideas to those who participate in creating policies that might affect the future of Life and Earth. Your suggestions are welcome for specific individuals or world leaders that you think might benefit from reading the book. If you would like your own copy of the book please contact the email address below. The price is $40.00 CDN plus shipping ($5 CDN, $10 US, $20 INTL) payable by cheque or money order to LIFE AND EARTH. All funds received are applied to printing and sending out more books for the Life and Earth Project.
The Life and Earth Project
PO Box 19180 Fourth Ave RPO
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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