"The earth will continue to regenerate its life sources only as long as we and all the peoples of the world do our part to conserve its natural resources. It is a responsibility which every human being shares. Through voluntary action, each of us can join in building a productive land in harmony with nature."
Proclaiming March 21st as Earth Day
Today there is a state of chaos, confusion and conflict on our planet -- in spite of an explosion of information about solutions to our problems.
What is the key that will unlock the door to a future of peaceful progress? How can we combine altruism and self-interest, rights and responsibilities in forging cooperation for our mutual benefit?
The answer is for every individual and institution to think and act as Earth Trustees, seeking in ecology, economics and ethics to make the decisions that will diminish poverty and pollution with fair benefits for people and planet.
The Earth Trustee goal, policies and agenda are briefly described in the Earth Magna Charta. They reflect the consensus of more and more people worldwide and when acted on will replace fear and despair with confidence in the future of the human adventure.
Of course every one is an Earth Trustee. That term describes our rights and duties as people on this planet. But our objective is to have people understand and benefit from their rights and also fulfill their duty to help eliminate poverty and pollution and provide opportunity for our better human potentials.
To encourage action we are initiating a pilot program which can inspire other similar efforts with a goal of every community in the world forming Earth Trustee groups and vigorously joining a common effort for Earth's rejuvenation.
This global Earth Trustee Effort will tap the best in religious faith
and values and reduce hate and violence.
To All People of Good Will:
In spite of today's widespread violence, chaos and confusion, many projects for peace, justice and the care of Earth are springing up around the world. Though they may not use the term, many people are acting as Earth Trustees and independent efforts of this kind are to be commended and encouraged. New global awareness, communications and technology now make possible humanity's awakening to understanding and cooperation that will forever eliminate the shortsighted hate, greed, lust and war that has plagued all of history.
To encourage pioneers in this endeavor and help Earth Trustees provide "...a rallying cry for the people of our planet," our plan is to have people register as "Certified Earth Trustees." To do this just fill out this form. We ask people to include name, place of birth and date of birth. This will enable us to properly index each name in a Star of Hope Memory Disk.
When people register, they will receive a document stating that they are a Certified Earth Trustee and that in their own way they will aid some Earth care project and seek choices in ecology, economics and ethics that benefit people and planet.
To clear the debris of past policies based on greed and dishonest gain we would like to point out that legitimate wealth depends on what you have inherited and what you earn. The Earth Trustee program will increase jobs and also provide unearned money from your rightful claim to a fair portion of Earth's unearned assets: raw materials such as land, gold, oil, materials etc. -- God's gift to humanity: "The Earth hath He given to the children of man." The planet, including all natural resources, is the human family's common heritage. To this end we will invite every Earth Trustee whose assets in oil, gold, other minerals, or in land (minus improvement) exceed $50,000 to voluntarily contribute two percent each year on the income from these assets to a Planetary Inheritance Fund. These "royalties" from Earth's natural bounty will help eliminate poverty on our planet. Money from this fund will be used to provide homes for homeless Earth Trustees.
A Star of Hope Fund will obtain contributions from individuals and foundations to provide money for the launching of a Star of Hope Satellite. (The cost will be ten million dollars.) As this idea spreads -- especially through the Internet, we believe millions of people will identify with and support the Earth Trustee effort, dramatized and aided by the launching of the Star of Hope Satellite.