Law / Justice
Looking at the state of our world today, achieving Future Justice perhaps seems idealistic, or beyond our abilities. But history is filled with many examples of fundamental change. Slavery used to be an accepted part of our world economy. A combination of resistance, laws and economic factors helped to make it the abhorrent crime that it is today. And we are not starting from nowhere. The values we need to help us improve our thoughts and actions are found in many international agreements. When recognizing the importance of fundamental needs, freedoms, rights and aspirations for fulfilled life on our Earth, the world community shows a lot of common and inspiring ground. Here are some examples:
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- The Earth Charter
- Convention on the Rights of the Child
- UN Millennium Declaration
And these international instruments are recognized nationally, for example in countless constitutions. But too often the agreed values and goals are over-ridden in practice. They are intentionally ignored by those whose power they might affect, or said to be unaffordable from an economic point of view. This view is very comfortable for those who are benefiting most under the rules in place. It is also a direct threat to Future Justice. We cannot continue to ignore ecological laws of our planet or fundamental rights and freedoms of all citizens if we want to secure life and peace now and in the future. We can stand up for our common needs. And we can update economics so it respects people and the planet. Changing the way we think and act towards Future Justice includes engaging for the official recognition of best available knowledge. The societal definition and acknowledgement of taboos often precedes changes in our laws and policies. Read more
On our future planet, what legal system will we have? What will be lawful? What will be unlawful?