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By Paul Ekins

Ekins combines a compendium of our planet's maximum ills with stirring, real-life examples of individuals breaking out of outdated moulds to turn into useful challenge solvers.

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A World Peace Initiative would undoubtedly generate a far broader and deeper consensus than SDI could ever hope to do. It could begin with the creation of a deliberative body somewhat like the Fletcher Commission. To it would be assigned the task of breaking the vision of peace into manageable portions. Taking ‘peace’ in its broader sense of environmental caring and resource sharing, as well as in the narrower meaning of reducing the weapons and institutions of war, the Commission could ask a myriad of smaller questions and identify a variety of tasks which could be undertaken.

116) Non-violent action is fundamentally creative. It makes each particular individual discover the latent forces of truth within himself/herself and put them into action with imagination and initiative. Nonviolence is a liberating force, quite the contrary to the forces and principles which govern our consumer society, which aim to control and dominate people’s desires and actions. The true solutions to the conflicts and problems non-violent people have to face can only be found in communal action carried out by a basic group.

Are you willing to ensure that any conflicts, in which your country may be involved in the future, will be settled by peaceful means of the kind specified in Article 33 of the United Nations Charter, and not by the use or threat of force? 3) By May 1989 over 100 countries had been visited and the governments of ninety-one countries had answered YES to all five questions, including Brazil, China, India, Israel, Pakistan and the USSR, but excluding France, the UK, US and West Germany. More YES signatories are still being sought and the global network of thousands of activists which the visits have helped create are seeking ways to persuade governments to implement their pledges.

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