Principles of Equality
A Survival Guide 1998, revised 2004, & 2012 Jackson, R.
Dedicated to the leaders of nations and future generations.
explore and expand the frontier of peace with effort and respect towards differences. Cruel and senseless suffering can be reduced
and responded to in order to protect endangered liberties. However, but the overuse of interventions
should be prevented. Especially costly
interventions disguised as helping others when self interests and conversion
appears to be a driving motivation (ideological, economical, or religious) for
such erroneous interventions.
principles and assertions are proposed to encourage and support peace. This project resulted from a call by John McConnell,
founder of Earth Day, to respond to his Earth Charter in 1998. This multicultural framework is a
constitution intended to focus actions and help achieve common goals concerned
with the preservation and betterment of life.
A Proposal to Unite in Common Goals
Assessment, Evaluation, Accountability, Adaptability,
For many years
groups throughout the world have created principles that set forth values and
practical guidelines that promote ecological and social security. Over time the relevance of the criteria applied
in the various documents reveals a dramatically changing landscape of ideology
and human behavior. This document, like
many before it, is a bi-product of shared visions promoting the welfare and
continuation of life. This proposal is
humbly offered to the world’s people and we ask that urgent steps be taken to
safeguard its proper implementation.
represents a family of cultures who have agreed to encourage life, liberty, and
harmony by exploring human responsibilities and potentials. The principles below presented by the
Equilibrium Institute reflect some agreed upon assumptions from which we
operate, and aspire to live accordingly. We invite everyone to participate in building healthier societies where
equality may deliver peace, freedom and other liberties for our mutual
We stand at your service with sincere respect and
Agents of Change
Logical Assumptions and Proposed Community Values
“Peace can be created by harmonious and balanced relations, which
inherently depends upon mutual respect, appreciation, and unconditional care.” John McConnell
earth is alive and sustains life with the aid of universal interactions.
life forms, including humans, are in need of being protected.
practices are modifying industrial/ technological industries, systems designs,
and lifestyles to enhance and promote well being.
consequences of individual and collective actions can and should be monitored
and evaluated to prevent adverse causal relations.
are observable processes by which the biosphere sustains life and people have acquires
the ability; and have destroyed, intervened, altered, manipulated, exploited,
contradicted or interfered in such processes. The consequences of such action can be positive, negative, or a
combination of the two.
misuse of power and resources threatens the fabric of life and the foundations
of local and global security.
violence and suffering can be reduced with education, conflict resolution
strategies, compassion and fair distribution systems.
suffering can be reduced or prevented depending on the choices and conduct of
people individually and collectively.
requires an inclusive ethical vision and cooperation.
play a vital role in the protection of the earth.
actions must be taken to prevent violence or harm from occurring.
constitutions and declarations, laws, and ethics need greater alignment to be
consistent with observable natural laws.
increases as the understanding and practice of nonviolence in ideas and actions
difference and diversity is valued and respected provided it does not cause
harm to others. Difference is good.
imposition of violence that restricts anyone from enjoying the safety of peace
needs to be corrected. Exhausting
non-violent interventions and negotiations- even in response to war acts should
not be compromised at the mass response level. Immediate self defense at the
individual level reserves violence as a last resort action and should be used
without excessive force. Violence is a last resort.
share a reverence for all life. All
matter, living and non-living has intrinsic value. Everything has value.
value and encourage responsibilities or tasks that improve the quality of life
or present us with opportunities to coexist without the use of violence. We take responsibility and work to better our
lives and the lives of others.
has a duty to advance the goals of justice, create the context of sustainability,
and to contribute to the creation of world peace without prejudice or unfair
discrimination. We evaluate our actions and choices based on their
impacts. We make a conscious effort
where possible to cause the least harm.
restoring, and preserving the integrity of the planets ecosystem is a critical
priority. Long-term planning is
considered in our projections for the future. Success is indicated by health, education, and other important
measurable qualities of life.
Peace Articles Dec.
We the people of the
world, commit ourselves to actions inclusive of the following principles:
We shall maintain
equilibriums by promoting and adopting modes of consumption, production and
reproduction which respects and safeguards
human rights and the regenerative capacity of the earth’s ecosystem.
waste through efficiency and the reduction of excessive luxuries to meet basic
needs. Redirect behaviors to safer, healthier and more beneficial activities
based on more objective evidences.
Share equitably the
benefits of natural resources use without discrimination between cultures,
race, gender, age, disability, or past, present or future prejudices.
resources and institute equal and fairer taxation
development by harmonizing economic goals and the means of attaining them with
fundamental ecological, ethical and social values.
related drugs, arms, and polluting industry jobs into safer and healthier
Reduce and eliminate
waste and the use of hazardous substances/elements/materials defined as toxins.
the life cycle of products: reduce the resources used, reuse, and recycle.
introduction of wastes and hazardous substances/elements/materials defined as
toxins into the environment requires critical evaluation. A universal definition for toxins and much
greater enforcement, biohazard prevention/ response actions, and drastically
improved international controls over toxins are urgently needed. Stiffer penalties and methods to detur the
use of toxins that reduce crimes related to the production of toxins are needed
along with international agreements concerning enforcement and the right of criminal
trials for the offending person, community, or nation.
definition of Toxin shall include all natural and synthetic chemicals known or
reasonably suspected to cause harm either alone or in combination with other
elements or substances.
We, the brave
children, men, and women of the world, pledge to attain our goals of bettering
ourselves and to preserve the opportunity for the greater well being of the
global society through self-sacrifice, deconstructing abusive behaviors and
systems, and empowering one another to make constructive contributions to our
world. We do this together, accepting
one another’s strengths and weaknesses because a supportive community is
central to the peace we aspire to create and multiply.
Goals and Methods to Keep Peace
social development and economic systems that create and maintain
sustainable livelihoods, reduce poverty, and strengthen local communities.
and put into use scientific and other types of knowledge and technologies
that promote sustainable living and protections for the environment.
energy conversion- solar, wind, hydra, and biomass renewable clean power
sources. Eliminate dependencies on
polluting industries and non-renewable resources.
caring values, respect, diversity, equality and freedom in educational and
moral systems. Traditional and
ethical reforms with assistance from spiritual or faith based communities
is welcomed, but that assistance should not contain dogmatic traditions or
justice by defending without discrimination the rights of all people, to
life, liberty and security of persons within an environment adequate for
good health and well being.
current justice systems and propose improvements.
the biodiversity of Earth’s lands, and waters.
the genetic diversity within each species and the variety of ecosystems as well
as the diversity of species.
systems of wild places and other protected areas in order to safeguard
ecosystems, species, and the overall capacity of the Earth to sustain life.
accountability and effectiveness in governance in all sectors of society.
communication systems that are less monopolized.
power and install mechanisms that promote more equal forms of democracy.
the right to health care and education including reproductive, nutrition,
illness prevention, and alternative holistic healing methods.
opportunities for people to acquire knowledge, values, and practical
skills needed to build and sustain communities.
water, air, and food contamination should be halted. Laws should fairly punish those who
contaminate the environment with just and severe sentences. Tolerances for hazardous materials
should be adjusted to match the cumulative toxicity process in human
bodies and other life systems- since for example we rely on nature. Anything disrupting the chain of life
ultimately could cause chain effects profoundly detrimental to life.
is any action made to decrease the level of violence in daily life; a way of
life inspired with unconditional love for all things. Nonviolent practices
acknowledges and respects the interdependence that all things share in common.
to establish access to reliable information, democratic participation in
decision making processes, and encourage accountability in governance.
local communities to care for their own environment, and give to central
authorities only those tasks that can not be performed effectively at more
neutral systems of world public accountability for corporations, international organizations,
mechanisms (policies and procedures) to promote viable decision making in all
sectors of society.
Encourage local, nation, and international sustainability agendas and
Establish market prices and economic indicators that reflect the full
environmental and social costs of the products or activities.
Implement more accurate environmental impact assessments
Create and respect more rigorous environmental protection standards.
Monitor changes in the environmental quality and make finding more available
through mass media. Identify the
responsible sources of potential abuse or violations and propose practical
solutions and institute mandatory reporting along with whistleblower
weapons of mass destruction, promote disarmament and secure the environment
against irreversible damage caused or likely to be caused by human activities.
13. Prevent the transfer of hazardous materials
from one country to another.
or support existing or support existing laws that prevent violence, or
mechanisms to ensure that elected officials and others take reasonable measures
to prevent, reduce, or respond to the concerns for safety and welfare
generally. Hold each other accountable.