A Bill for an Amendment World Legislative Act 06

Grassroots Regeneration and Family Planning

New Article 7., and re-number all subsequent articles to conform. Note: For simplicity and time savings, in unengrossed form below, the numeration omits the Act and Article Number. This may be included in an engrossed format during run-up to parliament session, or after parliament session.

7. Fourth Front: Global Grassroots Regeneration and Family Planning  for Rural and Urban Communities

Short Title: Fourth Front: Regeneration and Family Planning

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Recognizing that the Constitution for the Federation of Earth is founded on the principle of Unity in Diversity for all mankind and on the principle of ecological integrity for our endangered planet Earth.

Recognizing that the Earth Constitution mandates “diminishing social differences” and treating every citizen with equal dignity (Article 1);

Recognizing that our current world system is in drastic “overshoot” in which the carrying capacity of the planet is radically diminished each year under the global ideology of untrammeled economic expansion and unlimited resource exploitation (cf. Catton, 1984);

Recognizing that the climate crisis caused by overshoot is extremely serious and requires urgent, effective, and dramatic initiatives to mitigate the cascading damage to the maximum extent possible (cf. Wallace-Wells 2019);

Recognizing that the Earth Constitution throughout emphasizes ecological restoration and protection of our planetary environment, and the preservation of the planet for future generations (cf. Martin 21, Chap.7);

Recognizing that the process of ecological restoration and protection requires deep changes in the present world system with respect to the abandoning of the fossil fuel economy and a major shift to regenerative, sustainable, locally based food production, harvesting, and distribution practices as the Earth Constitution affirms (Article 4.27-4.32).

Recognizing that Article 13 of the Constitution gives every citizen social, economic, and environmental rights to “remuneration sufficient to assure human dignity,” to “adequate housing,” “nutritious food supplies,” “adequate water” and “clean air”’;

Recognizing that the Constitution mandates to non-coercively “develop and implement means to control population growth in in relation to the life-support capacities of Earth” (Article 4.21), which is necessary for providing a quality of life within an ecologically sound environment for each person and for future generations;

Recognizing that intensive programs must be implemented to transform the fragmented, chaotic, and unjust world system into a world that is “a happy home” for all humanity (Articles 1 and 4);

Recognizing that the Earth Constitution mandates the creation the Earth Emergency Rescue Administration (EERA, Article 17.3.10.8). The present World Legislative Act may be considered an elaboration of part of the work of the EERA: to rescue the Earth before it is too late through global grassroots empowerment for regeneration and transformation.

The utter seriousness of planetary climate collapse requires worldwide mobilization to rescue nature and humanity as much as remains possible.  It requires a “global grassroots mobilization.” Such mobilizations have happened in history on a large scale when people have joined hands to respond to such threats as a great economic depression, a climate disaster, or a war-situation. Such a mobilization needs to happen regarding our planetary climate crisis.

However, neither psychologically nor politically is a top-down momentum possible for accomplishing this. Politically authoritarian principles are immoral and unacceptable. Freedom, empowering people within the framework of the common good of our planetary community, is the very essence of democracy. Psychologically, top-down methods generate resistance (both active and passive) in the governed and do not accomplish the needed transformations. 

The optimum situation requires integrating top-down (the necessity of governance to empower all levels of human flourishing beyond the smallest units such as families) and bottom up grassroots empowerment and community involvement. The global grassroots regenerative initiatives activate integrative methods to maximize the synergistic, regenerative effect of dealing with the planetary climate disaster.  Regenerative science is quite advanced and knows the chemistry of soils and the methods of preserving and enhancing soil, protecting against insect pests in non-toxic ways, and creating excellent results. At the same time, many indigenous and traditional cultures understand similar ways of enhancing soil and producing positive results through growing “complementary” crops together with plants that repel certain insects, etc.

 Regenerative scientists can learn from listening to locals and vice-versa. The secret is good human relationships and community spirit. Government must be a partner with people, not their supervisor and oppressor. It is in this spirit that the Provisional World Parliament is adopting this World Legislative Act to not only deal effectively with climate collapse but to enhance the community spirit and grassroots empowerment everywhere on our precious planet.

Enhancing planetary community spirit and grassroots empowerment is also essential to deal with the other “broad functions” mandated by the Earth Constitution such as protecting human rights, diminishing social differences, and ending war. For these reasons, the creation of these regenerative projects is foundational to the entire transformative spirit of the Earth Constitution.  Grassroots empowerment of the people of Earth is perhaps the most fundamental key to the Constitution’s goal of creating a peaceful, just, and sustainable planetary civilization.

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Article 7. We delegates of the Provisional World Parliament at its 15th Session hereby adopt this Global Grassroots Regenerative Development of Family Planning for Rural and Urban Communities.

Section 1. The Grassroots Regenerative Commissions: GRCRC and GRCUC

  1. These commissions are a major priority of the World Parliament and are funded as a significant and special budget item by the Parliament. They are a major part of the work of the EERA and organized as a major program within its auspices (Article 17.3.10.8). [The EERA might well also have programs dealing with eliminating weapons of mass destruction; dismantling the planetary war-system; working with multinational corporations to transition to a sustainable economy, etc.]
    • 1.1 The Earth Hour budgets allocated by the Parliament for the work of these commissions cover salaries (set by the World Civil Service Authority and World Financial Administration), operating costs, the costs of a worldwide publicity campaign explaining the necessity, urgency, and benefits of regenerative transformation, as well as stipends to local participants worldwide.
    • 1.2 The Commissions shall coordinate with Global People’s Assemblies (WLA 29). The Commissions may employ persons or accept volunteer workers from the Assemblies when these persons are qualified and beneficial to the work in a District. Very often political activism, as in the GPAs, spills over into environmental activism. The World Parliament encourages political to environmental connections.

2.  The stipends for participating in the regenerative programs herein outlined are in addition to the guaranteed annual income of World Legislative Act Number 42. To whatever degree that the resulting income exceeds the maximum allowed personal income of the Earth Federation, excess income converts either to credit points, immediately available, or is assigned to survivorship accounts to be distributed, according to the will of the participant.  The incentives for participation are for both community solidarity and income enhancement.

1.2.1 If feasible, the Payroll Department of the World Financial Administration shall recognize and compensate people participating in these programs at all levels through their secure voting ID identities created for the population within each World Electoral and Administrative District (World District, WEAD or WD).

1.2.2 The World Boundaries and Elections Administration shall assign a secure ID, even to persons under voting age [similar to the citizen identity number used in many countries today] that will be used for voting upon reaching the age of 18, and for straw votes between the age of 14 and 18. The World Parliament welcomes and encourages youth groups for regenerative transformation within both rural and urban environments [see the Charter of Environmental Rights and Responsibilities issued July 2021 by Children Now of Montreal].

1.2.3 Both Commissions created by this WLA shall hold to the highest standards of transparency, accountability, and integrity.  The World Parliament and World Executive may monitor world commissions at its discretion.  The Office of the World Ombudsmus may also monitor the Commissions [which will have representatives in every WEAD]. The Earth Federation may remove any person from their duties for cause. Any commissioner removed is entitled to representation by the World Ombudsmus in a hearing of the Public Bench. However, the Public Bench may indict and remand any person to the World Criminal Case Bench.

1.2.4 This act establishes a World Commission called the Grassroots Regenerative Commission for Rural Communities (GRCRC) as part of the EERA under the authority of the World Executive Cabinet. Like the World Executive Cabinet itself, these Commissions are ultimately accountable to the World Parliament.

1.2.5  The Commission composes of a representative from each of the 28 Departments of the World Administration named in Article 7.3, including one representative from any additional departments that the World Parliament creates.

1.2.6 Salaries for members of the Commission are the salary set by the World Civil Service Authority according to what they would normally make serving their home World Administrative Departments.

1.2.7 The Commission is itself a decision-making body regarding the fulfillment of its mission while maintaining complete transparency and accountability to the World Executive Council, the World Parliament, and the World Ombudsmus.

1.2.8 The Commission shall establish offices within the District Seat of each of the 1000 World Electoral Districts, and sub-offices as needed within each district.  In cases of largely or exclusively urban WEADs, the Commission shall operate in collaboration with the Global Regenerative Commission for Urban Communities (GRCUC), described below, or may not need to operate at all in some districts that are entirely urban.

1.2.9 This Act establishes a World Commission called the Grassroots Regenerative Commission for Urban Communities (GRCUC) according to the same rules used for establishing the GRCRC.

1.2.10 Qualifications for persons nominated and chosen for each commission by each Administrative Department are expertise in the areas of rural or urban regeneration respectively or expertise in respective traditional cultures, ways of cultivating social harmony, or forms of intercultural integration.  

1.2.11 The Executive Cabinet shall overview the selection process for these commissions to ensure that both the rural and the urban commissions compose of at least 50% women. Commissions shall include at least 5 members from each continental division of our planet.

1.2.12 The job of these global Commissions is to establish, oversee, communicate with, educate, empower, and provide the means for the World District Offices to operate and to inspire within their districts a truly regenerative and participatory transition to complete planetary sustainability.

Section 2.   Grassroots Regenerative Commission District Offices

2.1  The Grassroots Regenerative Commission District Offices locate in each World District Seat. A committee of 5 District Regeneration Officers, at least 3 of whom are women, shall hire, train, and supervise a team of District Liaisons to work directly with the people of the district in the process of conversion and transition to a regenerative system of production and distribution.

2.2   Insofar as a world district has both urban and rural dimensions, each world district will have both GRCRC and a GRCUC offices. If a district is entirely rural or entirely urban this need not be the case.

2.3  In cases where there are two District Offices in a WEAD, each office will choose one person to be liaison to the other office within its district. The purpose here is that the two offices within each World District shall cooperate, communicate, and not pursue initiatives apart from the other office that might interfere with the process of regenerative development across all aspects of human endeavor. 

2.4  In some cases it may be appropriate for a District Office member to be a member of both offices within a WED (but not a member of two offices from different WEADs).   Any such bridge-person would receive the normal salary and not two salaries.

2.5. General world district elections shall elect the Global Grassroots Regenerative commissioners from among qualified world district resident candidates for five–year terms, without limits on additional terms. If the respective World District Elections Commission has not yet organized successful general world district elections, then the people participating in World District organization and operation shall elect the district commissioners from among the respective qualified world district residents. During that interim stage of a World District, the World District Elections Commission shall hold annual by-elections for Global Grassroots Regenerative Commissioners. Interim commissioners are without limits on additional terms.

Section 3.  Operations of the District Offices

3.1  The offices within each world district compose of persons who speak the primary language of that WEAD.  If any other languages are spoken by at least 10% of the population of the WEAD, the offices shall include members or Office Liaisons who speak these other languages fluently.

3.2   Qualification for District Officers and Liaisons within each world district is familiarity with the customs, culture, and practices of the groups within the WD.  Part of officer responsibility is to interface with the local people, to learn more about their thoughts and practices, and to show them the substantial benefits of regenerative practices without their having to abandon much of their traditions and cultural practices. [This is an essential feature of global grassroots empowerment.]

3.3  The purpose of the Grassroots Regenerative Commission [deleted word] and District Offices is, therefore, grassroots empowerment not top-down imposition of what locals might perceive as alien or authoritarian requirements. Grassroots Regenerative Commissioners shall inspire people everywhere to transform human civilization into one world of peace, prosperity, justice, and sustainability. [This cannot happen without global grassroots empowerment.]

3.4   District Officers and Liaisons shall establish positive relationships of communication and trust with local peoples.

3.5   District Officers and Liaisons may establish positive relationships especially with those who are accorded local respect and authority or governance patterns.  In India, for example, this would likely involve working with the Panchayat, the council of five elders and local self-government that operates in many rural village communities. Liaisons may also establish a positive relationship with the teachers in the schools, and other community leaders or influencers, to mobilize community participation in the regenerative transformative project, from which, ultimately, everyone (including future generations) will benefit.

3.6   The Institute on Governmental Procedures and World Problems (IGPWP) shall train world district officers and liaisons in the sciences of regenerative principles and practices for urban or rural settings respectively. The Institute on Governmental Procedures and World Problems (IGPWP) shall train world district officers and liaisons in cultural sensitivity and in communicating these principles and practices effectively to local communities. Until the IGPWP is operating, the World Parliament assigns responsibility for training to the Graduate School of World Problems, the Earth Constitution Institute and the Earth Federation Institute. These three shall coordinate, as feasible, with the respective world district offices of IGPWP, GRCRC and GRCUC and the World Civil Service Administration, to certify candidates for the respective offices.

Section 4.  The Role of Women

4.1  Women often form the backbone of a family. They often manage the household, play a major role in the raising children, and represent a fundamental component of community stability.

4.2  Since at least 3 of the five District Officers and Liaisons will be women, this can be helpful in building the trust and confidence with women in the locality.

4.3   A model for this engagement with and empowerment of women can be found in the Development Organization for the Rural Poor (DORP) in Bangladesh (http://dorpbd.org/).  Their process includes the creation of a “Mother’s Parliament” at the local level in which women participating in the program meet to discuss issues and problems they confront in their local communities.  How such empowerment of women can be achieved may vary in different cultures in WEADs around the world, but such empowerment of women and girls, including education and reasonable control over their own lives, is a main goal of the transformative, regenerative process.

Section 5. Population issues.

5.1   If done well, local populations will respond positively to this global initiative project and the peoples’ response will truly have the character of global grassroots transformative initiatives.  If accomplished worldwide, it will increase human solidarity and sense that we are all living on this planet together as our common home that we need to regenerate and restore to the maximum extent still possible in the face of the extensive damage already done.

5.2  Part of this global solidarity in protecting our planetary home will need to involve wide recognition of the imperative for population control as mandated by the Earth Constitution and many experts concerning the carrying capacity of Earth (ibid., Catton, Chap. 9).  Conditions in which children are deemed necessary to help labor on a farm or for other reasons (such as the social status of men esteemed for the number of children they have fathered) will be rapidly eliminated by the regeneration program itself, and such social programs as a guaranteed minimum income or stipends for participation in the regeneration effort can help people understand that having many children is no longer necessary.

5.2 (Reserved.)

5.3 World district regenerative commissions shall provide resources to families to improve pre-natal, peri-natal and post-natal health for entire families, but particularly for expectant mothers, and infants up to about 5 years of age. Regenerative commissions shall encourage families to limit their size to two children, particularly by ensuring health education and availability of birth control.  New families participating in these programs will make an agreement (the wording of which may vary according to culture, language, etc.) to limit their children to 2. Already existing larger families may participate in the program with the agreement not to have any more children.

5.4. Regenerative commissions shall ordinarily issue stipends to mothers with dependent children in the household.  However, in cases where the Regenerative Commission finds that the father or another caretaker would be more appropriate, due to incapacity or absence of the mother, the family is still eligible for stipend.  The Regenerative Commission in these cases shall issue the stipend to another adult family member.

5.5. In case of disagreement as to who is the responsible family member, litigants may request a hearing in the respective World District Juvenile Case Bench [In the case of Development Organization for the Rural Poor (DORP), mentioned above as a model, the stipend to the family goes to the mother as the one more likely to use the money for the benefit of the children and the family as a whole.] Such limitation of the number of children to 2 is easily achieved given the wide range of inexpensive, reversible, and effective birth-control methods available, and the simultaneous global effort for the education of women and girls that will be going on concurrently with the regeneration programs. The Earth Federation will make a range of simple birth-control options available without cost. [Men, of course, also need education and resources concerning not only the dignity and need for respect of the rights of women and girls,  but also the methods of birth control, the need for a planetary program in this regard, and spirit of grassroots community solidarity.]

5.6. The Regenerative Commission must not encourage abortions based upon the sex of a fetus.

However, a regenerative commission may support abortions on a case-by-case basis, as defined in the Rights of Women (WLA68). This Article does not criminalize abortions. However, world district residents may charge members of a regenerative commission with violation of EC Article 12.1 (equal right with no discrimination on grounds of …sex…) for hearing in the Human Rights Bench of the respective World District Court, if a commissioner is engaging in promotion of sex-based feticide.

Section 6. Urban Regeneration.

  1. The organizational parameters, procedures, and requirements described in Articles 1-5 will be followed for the Grassroots Regenerative Commission for Urban Communities (GRCUC).
  2. Urban regeneration requires a knowledge-base and modus operandi that often differs considerably from rural regeneration. Urban communities need to mobilize in mutual support groups, to overcome the unique problems of urban living that often involve access to clean water, sanitation facilities, medical and health facilities, optimal and equitable distribution of resources, organized gangs or other criminal activities, etc.
  3. A qualification for GRCUC Commissioners and Liaisons is extensive knowledge in the unique problems and concerns of urban communities and the ways in which community mobilization can address these problems.
  4. One clear area of overlap between rural and urban regeneration is the “green cities” movement that began in the 1970s and has spread to many cities around the world.  Abandoned lots, rooftops, terraces, former rail lines, any unused urban areas can be planted, cultivated, and turned “green,” thus improving the air quality of the city, the ambience, the food-supply, as well as community spirit. Expertise in how to facilitate this will clearly be part of the knowledge base of Commissioners and Liaisons.

Section 6. Rural Regeneration.

  1. The organizational parameters, procedures, and requirements described in Articles 1-5 will be followed for the Grassroots Regenerative Commission for Rural Communities (GRCRC).

2. Rural regeneration requires a knowledge-base and modus operandi that often differs considerable from urban regeneration. Rural communities need to mobilize in mutual support groups, to overcome the unique problems of rural living that often involve access to clean water, sanitation facilities, medical and health facilities, optimal and equitable distribution of resources.

3. A qualification for GRCRC Commissioners and Liaisons is extensive knowledgeable in the unique problems and concerns of rural communities and the ways in which community mobilization can address these problems.

Section 7.

Semi-urban or semi-rural areas may require a blend of the methods and community action-plans rural and urban.  GRCRC and GRCUC commissioners, liaisons and world district residents shall [delete word] decide details in actual practice with the larger purpose kept in mind as described in the Preamble and Postscript to this World Legislative Act.

            Section 8. Budget

The World Parliament shall assign a separate budget to this program of the EERA (for the initial operation of the Regenerative Commissions) that shall be calculated on the basis of 5 year plans and renewed or revised at the end of each 5 years period. Specific figures in Earth Hour units may be calculated by a PWP Commission and introduced at the 16th session in the coming year.

Section 9. Postscript. With the Earth Constitution as a framework and design for empowerment, the people of Earth must engage a global grassroots mobilization to regenerate and restore our planet, its livability and capacity to support a flourish life in a flourishing natural world. The Commissions established by this Act derive from a mandate and action-plan that runs the length of the Earth Constitution.

Annex to WLA06., Article 7.

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