We need an Earth Treaty

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by Gwen Randall-Young

In 1967, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the US all signed the United Nations Outer Space Treaty. The Outer Space Treaty provides the basic framework on international space law, including the following principles:

  • The exploration and use of outer space shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries and shall be the province of all mankind.
  • Outer space shall be free for exploration and use by all States.
  • Outer space is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation or by any other means.
  • States shall not place nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction in orbit or on celestial bodies or station them in outer space in any other manner.
  • The Moon and other celestial bodies shall be used exclusively for peaceful purposes.
  • Astronauts shall be regarded as the envoys of mankind.
  • States shall be responsible for national space activities whether carried out by governmental or non-governmental entities.
  • States shall be liable for damage caused by their space objects and
  • States shall avoid harmful contamination of space and celestial bodies.

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Recently, when asked about Donald Trump’s Space Force, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson made reference to the Outer Space Treaty and questioned why, if we can create such a treaty for outer space, we can’t create the same for Earth?

The humans who formulated this treaty obviously had access to the wisdom around the creation of peace on Earth. Why such a reverence for the ‘shared space’ out there, but not here on Earth?

It is clear the Outer Space Treaty was created as a result of all parties taking ego out of the equation. And whichever way the Earth and its inhabitants evolved, it was on a planet no one owned.

The Inuit and other aboriginal people tell us, “In the nomadic times of our grandfathers, the land belonged to everybody, yet belonged to nobody. Inuit wandered great distances freely without having to worry about who owned what stretch of land or sea. If an area sustained life, Inuit were there without a thought as to who would pretend to be owner of it.” (ammsa.com)

Humans, it seems, are like children in the sandbox, marking out their territory and stashing as many of the toys as possible in their corner. Thus, politicians fight over borders, resources and power. Many on Earth would prefer a world where we work together. When the children in the sandbox decide to share the space and work together, they can build something more amazing than any of them could create on their own.

Where are the peacemakers? Where are the voices to speak beyond the polarities? Where are the adults who can bring reason, wisdom and creativity to those kids who spend more time fighting in the sandbox than enjoying the space and the connection with each other?

Tyson speculates that perhaps we’ve never been visited by aliens because they have looked upon Earth and decided there’s no sign of intelligent life.

It is time for those with the intelligence to see beyond polarity and taking sides and to let their voices be heard. “Desperately seeking wisdom.” – Earth

Gwen Randall-Young is an author and psychotherapist in private practice. For articles and information about her books, “Deep Powerful Change” hypnosis CDs and “Creating Effective Relationships” series, visit www.gwen.ca ‘Like’ Gwen on Facebook for daily inspiration.

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