Wanted: Enemies of the Earth and Greenwar International
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Published in an abridged form in The
Book of Visions: An Encyclopaedia of Social Inventions, Institute
for Social Inventions, 1992 (Edited by Nicholas Albery)
Creation of two new organizations: Enemies of the Earth and Greenwar
International. The former would be a lobbying group designed to influence
and inform. The latter would be involved in more direct action, especially
against any opposition.
The motto "Know Thyself" might be appropriately shared by both.
These bodies would function as "counterparts" to Friends of the
Earth and Greenpeace International. Their purpose would be to focus attention
on the efforts of those who are endeavouring to degrade or destroy the Earth
in one way or another, since at this time such people do not have institutions
which allow them to be explicit and upfront about their intentions and the
consequences of their initiatives. If the Earth is to be the scene of an archetypal
battle between its Friends and its Enemies, then it is only fair that the heroes
on both sides should be appropriately honoured.
Needless to say it is to expected that people may be somewhat shy about declaring
their membership in either body. They will need assistance. So we need a small
trust of "well-wishers" to set up the legal structures and to administer
the secretariats. The trust could then invite nominations for membership from
people who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the degradation of the
Earth. Criteria will of course have to be carefully elaborated to filter out
the less committed or to allocate them to a secondary category of membership
Since the membership is honorary, members can be invited to make voluntary
contributions but otherwise will not be under any obligation. Expenses can be
taken care of through a small fund set up by the "well-wishers". As
in any serious organization, profiles of members will be carefully built up
to indicate the domains in which they have demonstrated degrading capacity or
in which they are anxious to do so. These profiles, with addresses, can be published
in directory form as has been done by The Institute for Social Inventions. They
should provide a source of income to cover general expenses.
Members might be pleased to receive a membership certificate (with wax seal)
suitable for framing on an office wall. This will help them to indicate their
standing in the international community. Special programmes for their children
could be envisaged: Junior Enemies of the Earth and Junior Greenwar International.
This would be designed to help the children recognize the esteem in which their
parents' activities are held. Workcamps could be arranged to give them opportunities
to learn about new possibilities for Earth degradation -- tips which they could
pass on to their parents. The motto "Know Thy Parents as Thy Future"
might be appropriate.
Of course there is no point in just having another letterhead organization.
Effort should be put into regular contact with the members to discover whether
they have come up with any new degrading ideas. This contact could also be used
to inform them of innovative initiatives discovered by their peers. Members
would find this most useful as a means recognizing that they are not alone but
are part of a broad strategy by which the Earth will finally be destroyed --if
not in their own lifetime, then in that of their immediate descendants.
With sufficient energy on the part of the secretariat, many additional activities
could be added to give legitimacy to the
organizations. A research program could be initialed to discover
the most vulnerable features of the global ecosystem and make recommendations
for disruptive action or action
to counter moves to reduce such vulnerability.
A nice "zen" possibility, for those who appreciate the dots in the
tao symbol, would be to establish a category of membership for those who recognize
that (despite their best efforts as friends
of the Earth) they are as much a part of the problem as part of the solution.
Such people might form the core of "well-wishers" -- a sort
of "committee of the shadow".
Finally of course, a panel, modelled
on the Nobel Prize Committee, could be appointed to select annually --on the
basis of nominations -- Laureates in different domains such as: War, Eco-destruction,
Disinformation, Cultural Degradation,
Health Depletion, Deprivation, Weapons Research, Conspicuous Consumption, Betrayal
of Hope, and Human Misery. There may be some difficulty in coming up
with an attractive amount of prize money, but this might be negotiated with
a far-sighted drug baron -- as was the case with arms-manufacturer Nobel himself.
Thought needs to be given to the argument that such a project would be counter-productive
(need to be positive, give the baddies the wrong ideas, polarization, etc).
My view is that the "opposition" is doing so well, that their bright
boys have no trouble in keeping several exploitative steps ahead of the home
team. Pointing to vulnerabilities sharpens the focus of the home team's efforts,