A CONSTITUTION FOR ALL HUMANITY FOR THIS CENTURY

29 Nov

We the People of Planet Earth, in Order to form a Sustainable Society, establish Justice, insure a Peaceful, Healthy Coexistence between All and with our fellow living Species we share this Planet with; in Order to secure the Protection of Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood and the pursuit of Happiness for ourselves and our Posterity within the Necessary Limits of our Obligation as Caretakers of our World, the Respect for the Rights of Others and Other Species and to allow a Sustainably Society to flourish, do ordain and establish this Constitution for Our Planet, for our Home, to which we all belong.

In view of the unsustainable race towards a collapse of our society due to the unsustainable increase of our population, massive overconsumption, reckless pollution of the atmosphere, the oceans, rivers and the lands of our great Planet, in view of the extreme inequality amongst ourselves and the large scale destruction of natural habitat and animal and plant species, We, the People of Planet Earth, ordain and establish this Constitution for our Planet for the rest of this Century:

 

TO COUNTER THE GRAVE DANGER OF CLIMATE CHANGE, OVERCONSUMPTION, POLLUTION AND RESOURCE DEPLETION

We ordain a, global price on the extraction of carbon from fossil materials at the rate of 100 USD per barrel of oil equivalent, in order to diminish CO2 emissions on a path to zero by 2050. If necessary this tax can be increased.

Extraction of all primary resources will be taxed as well. Proceeds from these levies will flow in the Global Fund for Planetary Restoration and the Eradication of Poverty, called REPAIR.

All materials used in the production of goods must be recycled and reused 100%

No ground water can be extracted unless repleted within a year. No tree can be cut without a same species one planted.

A 30 % VAT will be levied on meat, as well as for non-food items that do not pertain to education or health care. No VAT will be levied on basic food items.

TO COUNTER THE GRAVE DANGER OF EXTREME INEQUALITY AMONGST PEOPLE

No taxes will be levied on income up to 30.000 USD per person per year.

Salaries above 1,2 million USD per person per year will be taxed at 90%.

All wealth above 20 million USD per person shall be granted to the Global Fund REPAIR to alleviate poverty and restore our planet. The grantor will be actively involved to assign the capital to projects of their personal choice.

All young people have the right to education till the age of 16. No young people need to work till the age of 16.

All able adults – from 23 years – till the age of 70 years have the right to a paid job of a minimum of 12.000 USD per year by the year 2030. Minimum wages between the ages of 16 and 22 will start at 6000 USD and reach 12000 USD at the age of 23. Increase of local minimum wages needs to started forthwith to reach the ordained minimum level.

All those without work, studying and those above the age of 70 years have the right to a Sustenance Payment of minimum 3000 USD per year. This includes maximum two children per family from the age of four years old.

All adults are entitled to open a bank account free of set up or running costs and with minimal formalities. If the transaction volume passes 24.000 USD annually, the bank is allowed to charge reasonable banking fees.

All are entitled to basic health care.

TO COUNTER THE GRAVE DANGER OF OVERPOPULATION

We ordain that no woman shall give birth to more than two children that reach their reproductive age.

TO COUNTER THE GRAVE DANGER OF THE DESTRUCTION OF NATURAL HABITATS AND THE EXTINCTION OF SPECIES

All natural forests and other remaining natural habitats, like wetlands, mountainous areas, desert and grassland areas, ice covered lands, as well as all lakes, seas and oceans, will be designated forthwith and remain designated as protected areas. Human activities in these areas will be allowed only under the strict condition of complete sustainability. Severe penalties on par with the penalties for murder will be implemented for crimes against vulnerable wild species. Destruction of prime habitat housing these species will be equally punished.

TO COUNTER THE GRAVE DANGER OF DISRUPTION DUE TO WEATHER EXTREMES

Trees and forests temper weather extremes, nourish the soils and keep the hydro cycle intact, including the on cloud formation, precipitation, water infiltration, storage and drainage. Therefore a huge worldwide restoration program of forests needs to be executed.

All countries will completely protect their currently existing natural forests. All current production forests must be maintained sustainably. Those countries that lack enough forest, will start massive reforestation plans  forthwith. These are mentioned in this constitution.

In the following countries plans to reforest the lands to at least 30% of its surface will be executed:

China, Australia, contiguous USA, India, South Sudan, Turkey, Chile, Thailand, Nigeria, Ukraine, Poland, Philippines, Romania, Uganda, Nepal, Malawi, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, United Kingdom, Cuba, Ghana, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, Togo, Ireland, Uruguay, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Moldova, Rwanda, El Salvador, Burundi, Cape Verde, Haiti.

In the following countries plans to reforest the lands to at least 20% of its surface will be executed:

Mali, Niger, Iran, Mongolia, Sudan, Morocco, South-Africa, Namibia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Eritrea, Kenya, Oman, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Cyprus, Afghanistan, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Swaziland, Palestine, Lesotho.

In the following countries plans to reforest the lands to at least 5% of its surface will be executed:

Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Mauritania, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, Iceland, Djibouti, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar.

THE GLOBAL FUND REPAIR

We ordain the installment of a Global Fund for Planetary Restoration and the Eradication of Poverty called REPAIR which will get the proceeds of the Carbon extraction levies, the other primary resources extraction levies and the management of the excess assets of people having possessions worth over 20 million USD per person. The Global Fund will receive no less than 10 Trillion USD per year to carry out its task of restoring the planet and eradication poverty.

Funds for reforestation will be provided the Global Fund REPAIR, who provide salary payments to hundreds of millions of local people, employing them for tree planting and habitat restoration.

REPAIR will receive all proceeds centrally and pay those proceeds to national REPAIR organizations based on local needs and progress of restoration programs. Efficient organization will prevent that the running of the fund including national funds will cost more than the legal limit of 0.5% of proceeds.

THE REDISTRIBUTION OF LAND

Local authorities will give every person or family who wants, 1-2 hectare plots of land in permanent lease provided they are proper caretakers, reforest a third and keep this part forested and stick to the rules of this constitution. The rest can be used for food production. The exact size depends on local precipitation and soil conditions.

WE MUST DO IT!

If we all open our eyes, we know that if we do not mend our ways soon, this century will be one of unspeakable suffering and destruction. The solution is simple if we are honest, enlightened and compassionate. Let us do this before we descend towards a chaos that will spread and spin out of control without its own unstoppable momentum till we are all devastated. Let us do whatever it takes to restore our planet as a home for all now and for many generations to come.

Paris, 29 November 2015

 

 

Calculus

Hereunder you will find a rough calculus of the effects of this constitution.

World GDP 2015 = 80.000.000.000 USD or 80 trillion USD

Nr of people = 7.4 billion

Demographic breakdown:

Children 4-16 years: 1.6 billion x 3000 USD = 4.8 Trillion USD

Adults 16-22 = 900 million

Out of which willing and able to work 500 million x 9.000 USD = 4.5 Trillion USD

Adults 23-70 = 4.2 billion

Out of which willing and able to work 2.5 billion x 12.000 USD = 30 Trillion USD

Not working 1.6 billion + adults over 70 0.4 billion = 2 billion x 3000 USD = 6 Trillion USD

Total estimate 45 Trillion USD necessary to support this system

35 Trillion left for higher payment.

REPAIR FUND would start with all excess wealth of high worth individuals over 20 million USD. This is roughly 100 Trillion USD, delivering a 5% dividend per annum = 5 Trillion USD.

Carbon Tax (100 USD per barrel of oil equivalent x pollution factor, would bring around 12 Trillion USD per annum (but decreasing rapidly) to close to zero in 2050.

Total income REPAIR would be 17 Trillion USD per year, enough to give 1 billion people a minimum wage job repairing the Earth.

 

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3 Responses to “A CONSTITUTION FOR ALL HUMANITY FOR THIS CENTURY”

  1. Les Blevins November 29, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    THE ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION PLANET DOCTORS WILL PROCEED WITH ADOPTION OF THIS WELL PREPARED DOCUMENT AS OUR CONSTITUTION.

  2. Werner Rhein October 17, 2016 at 5:01 pm #

    In your section about overpopulation is a major flaw; you restrict only women to two children. Men should be included in that too, if they have fathered two children they should be also sterilized.
    Otherwise you put a lot of good solution forward.

    • Hello World October 17, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

      Thanks for your comment Werner, I am not talking about sterilizing, but obviously have no problem to encourage that. I propose that a lot of measures are taken from education to incentives for having no children to disincentives for having more than two per couple (or woman). I live in Brazil and you would be amazed at the number of people having children from different partners and quite often the kids get raised by the grandparents. You can obviously not punish a kid for existing because of irresponsible action on the side of the parents, so you need to avoid too many babies getting born, through a whole range of measures, which are place and culture dependent. In places like Japan, China and Russia you need to do nothing. In many poor muslim countries and countries like the Philippines, parts of India and Brazil you need to have multifaceted policies in place.

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