Sunday, 17 May 2015

Decarbonising Development, 3 steps to a zero carbon future, from the World Bank, a personal comment

I find your report most enlightening , as it is suggesting a methodology that is very useful when in need of a radical  change of circumstances has to occur. 

I have been suggesting for some time now that society has to relook at the way history has lead us to the present situation on the massive overuse of natural resources,  without much due regard to the consequence of all life forms on the planet. 

This opinion is now gaining consensus among the scientific and economic communities, but both are failing to join the two principles together as one problem. 

The need for the financial, both the monetary and fiscal aspects, to be linked directly with consequences of employing  natural resources without looking at the real long term consequences of such action upon the planet as a sustainable living organism maintaining all the various life forms upon and within it.

To this end I have been proposing the abolition of ALL existing taxes and replacing with a single Natural Resource Tax , based on the damage caused to the planets sustainability by the very use of those resources and the methods used in the processes of conversion to end consumable products.

This taxation then would be placing real emphasis on the individual to make real choices based on the actual or potential damage these resource will release by their use and consumption. This new awareness by everyone in the chain of Natural Resource use would hold everyone equally responsible and held to account for their actions and the market place would then determine what is acceptable or not according to price and amount of sales.
By collecting all revenue that governments require by this method , There also would be little room for avoidance, fraud and evasion  thus making this taxation a fairer and more equitable tax to all citizens. 

However that said, I do feel that we all want a compassionate and fair society which we all want to have an equal chance to succeed in. To achieve this we need to make more revolutionary changes to the structures that have been built up over the millenia. 

Firstly that a citizen's wage would be introduced to everyone for life without means testing,

Secondly the welfare and health benefits should be made so as to be paid for by those that use it, with few exceptions, of the severely disabled, and  down and outs who need temporary help to regain their role in society.

Thirdly all education and apprenticeships to all up to graduate level would be free.

Finally a death tax to prevent excessive wealth rolling over from generation to generation and maintaining the gap between rich and poor. 

Your three point plan would be of great benefit in implementing and engaging such a proposal, as it needs to be kickstarted from the top of the governmental institutions on a global scale. There is no state or government that has the vision or the will to implement such a plan, as self interest and greed by all within existing societies will not be given up quickly to make the fundamental changes to stop climate change and runaway global warming within the time span everyone is talking about, let alone the vast quantities of vanishing species on the planet which one day may include us. 

I call on you as individuals, the World Bank as enabler, and other global international institutions, to bring about a real radical change that will change the direction the living systems upon the planet  can work to promote the only sustainable way forward.

The right action is needed and quickly, waiting for the right technology to come along within the existing framework will fail, as greed determines that quick fix solutions will bring big profits with consequences that are unforeseen and unimaginable and probably not sustainable for the planet and all life.

We need Smart Growth where we use less but obtain a better outcome is using less resources, This needs a whole new mind set step change , and I feel it will not happen until there is a direct consequence of our lifestyles, ie , pay dear for products and services that cause damage to the planet on all things from housing, roads, fuel, food, leisure,health and education, we must learn to pay the right price and do it in a sustainable way.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Soil, close to my heart

 Soils are the farmers livelihood, their use is critical to the well being of mankind and as a farmer  , I firmly believe we have to , as the old cliche says, we are only custodians and we must protect the land for future generations , and even David Archer has found a new direction in this respect also.

I have been a Green advocate for a long time but have realised that I have not been able to join any grouping as they all fail in various ways in representing what we real need to do , if we are really to address the problem of not only climate change but of massive overuse of all the resources we have on the planet.

Sir, I respect you most highly  as one of a breed  who like me sees that there is not only one solution to be solved , indeed , there are a whole host of solutions to the host of problems we have.
To that end surely we need to address the problem from a completely different approach , and the recent ideas fro Bill Nc gibbon and Naomi Klein   in asking society at large to force the issue is a great step forward , but even this is not much help without a real target  to aim for.

The target surely to to enable all in society to take individual responsibility , whether they are individuals or within a business, they should all have the same aim  of reducing resource use and promoting all living ecosystems.

To enable each one of us to be able to partake in such a vision , I believe we must empower ourselves with the ability to take the right action as an everyday, indeed and every minute event. By this I mean we must let the individuals make the decisions about the the resources we choose to abuse or use wisely.

I firmly believe, to enable all this to happen, that is to revolutionise the tax system, It has been mooted for many years , to have a carbon tax or a resource tax , but they have never gone far enough in enabling each citizen to to equally take an active role through the way we live.
Only by taxing all Natural Resources at source  with a tax that represents the actual and potential damage these resources can cause on the planet's ecosystems and life systems, will we all be able to really understand how our consumption  habits directly affects the planet and future sustainability. This tax must replace all existing taxes , so that each individual has the same responsibilities and will also pay the true cost of the natural wealth they are consuming.

As has just been identified in the case of fossil fuels , that nobody wanted to ask what the true cost of all the damage they are causing to the planet and all the life systems upon it.

This is a mindset change for everyone , and will spawn a vast new era of thinking and action , which is the only way out of the muddle we are in , using mans genius rather than brawn.

The true cost of solar PV or wind power  etc has not really been calculated in terms of ecological costs  and with governments just print money with QE, Just exacerbates the problem and not make us take the real action necessary.

Mankind needs a hard cool look at what we are doing and the likes of the UN and world bank must start to rethink in a whole new direction  to enable us all to partake in the change we must make if we are to have a sustainable future for generations to come

It is the sheer size of the population in the world that is consuming ever more  for less and without constraint that lies at the heart of the problem.

The soils are dying , chemicals not only pollute the soil but kill off the microorganisms that are the soil. A soil without an active flora is dead and produces little.
The  soil is a filter of  contaminated water and air, it also is a store  of vital nutrients, carbon , nitrogen, water and a repository of old plant seeds.

"Long live the soil" man depends on it.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Governance and the future

 A challenge to think differently!

Nations globally sit on two sides of the same fence , the Northern prosperous part and the southern  poorer part , but both have the same potential  to prosper and employ the resources that the planet has to offer?

This may be naive to believe that we are on this planet on an equal basis? But surely we are, are we not ? 

The inequality comes from the exploitation of others and their resources they have to offer, and if the exchange is not fair and equitable, then it is this that really divides the world from being at one with itself? 

 If we are to to have any real effect on changing the equality and fairness of the world , it then becomes the  responsibility of governments globally to have governance at all levels that treat all peoples and resources equally and with respect no matter where in the world they reside.

This fundamental value of governance has to be applied equally and without favour  to all nations.

Governance  means that all resources across the world are treated by all national and sovereign governments in a consistent and fair way that is transparent without favours, bribes and blackmail. 

The governance of any country must also be based on the representation of its peoples in a fair way also, This means empowering the citizens to make the decisions that affect them,so they then can influence and make joint and participatory actions that will enable all to prosper together.

To this end , Taxation lies at the heart of of how all citizens feel and behave, it sets their targets, aims and goals for their future, It also does the same for businesses .To enable a fair and equitable society to prosper in the future we have to reinvent the way taxation is not only collected but also how it changes the way we all behave .

I now believe we have to revolutionise the whole taxation system  to enable a mindset change in all our behaviour, to change towards one of sustainability, fairness to all mankind but also to the planet itself and all its ecosystems.

This new tax system could take the form of taxing all natural resources at as close to source as possible and  not to have any other tax stream except a death tax to help redistribute wealth throughout society and ensure everyone has a fair and equal chance to make best use of the available resources on the planet.

I challenge you to think that climate change is not about technical fixes, but about taxation and economics, Its the way we spend , consume , and its about what influence we have on design , manufacture and sales. Just imagine you have no direct taxes to pay! you choose what to spend it on! not the government? You choose whether to spend on high cost to the environment goods, or more friendly less toxic and damaging to the planet's ecosystems! 

We have no choice , we have to change , but to what? 

One fix is not the answer, we need everyone to participate , not by violent unrest but by being themselves and taking everyday decisions on living that will change society for the better and forever.

David Dunn

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Greece's Future Policy- A recipe for Greece, Europe and the World

Response to;

Dear George Papandreou

I agree with your comments on a new deal for the Greeks  which is very similar to the new finance ministers aims  on a new approach to  the debt, and europe as whole has to take more responsibility on lending.

I also note that you agree there must be a complete reformation on taxation , and it this that I firmly believe is where that most effective long term change could take place. 

Taxation at present is everything we don't want and it cant provide all the necessary tools to raise revenue in a way that promotes social cohesiveness and also at he same time respects and enhances the present and future climate crisis we have .

A revolutionary approach has to be taken , rather than taxing individual directly which at present leads to fraud evasion and avoidance at all levels , we need to change these ground rules so we pay our taxes to reflect directly the damage we do to the planet. This could be achieved by the introduction of a Natural Resource Tax collected at as near to source as possible  and based on the actual and potential damage their use can do onto the planet and all its ecosystems. 

This, then removes the ability of anyone or any individual corporation being able to find ways around to avoid the tax, It is like and extended VAT tax we have at present but  only on all the base natural resources rather than on the finished goods. It would levied and with no exceptions of relief  for any sector, as this is aimed at changing the whole mindset in which the current systems work. It will change the very base of all what we do from inception , design, manufacture, distribution, sale and consumption. It will empower the consumer, as the dirtier the product is, in terms of environmental damage, the higher the price will be. The polluter pays without exception.

This linked with a reformation of the health and welfare system , whereby all citizens receive a Citizens Wage  and through this would then pay for their health and welfare from this, and their would be no other benefits of pensions , unemployment and the like, only for the disabled and real down and out case would their be additional support. All citizens then would be responsible for their own health and welfare and would demand by proxy better preventative health and also would ensure a food revolution to prevent obesity and disease.

It is through empowering the individual whether it is just for himself or for his work and job , the aim to use less and create more with automatically less impact on the environment, would I believe be the new mantra.

Finally a death tax has to be introduced , to prevent vast fortunes in wealth and capital being locked up and maintaining and expanding the rich poor divide. existing wealth is a game of philanthropy  which just maintains the status quo and is just a game of bribery of who can buy off ones guilt. The rich are rich because they are good at extracting  from the consumer  and not paying a realistic price for the damage they have done to the planets resources and also human resources, IF you are rich, pay the taxes, which then can be used to undo and prevent some of the damage caused.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

A Modest Proposal for the resolution of the euro crisis by Yanis Varoufakis James K. Galbraith Stuart Holland Preface MICHEL ROCARD

The conclusion from:

 A Modest Proposal for the resolution of the euro crisis

 by Yanis Varoufakis James K. Galbraith Stuart Holland

CONCLUSION: Four realistic policies to replace five false choices

Three years of crisis have culminated in a Europe that is losing its dynamism in the eyes of the world and its legitimacy in the eyes of Europeans. Europe is unnecessarily back in recession. While the bond markets were placated by the ECB’s actions in the summer of 2012, the Eurozone remains on the road toward disintegration.
While this process eats away at Europe’s potential for shared prosperity, European governments are imprisoned by false choices:
  • between stability and growth
  • between austerity and stimulus
  • between the deadly embrace of insolvent banks by insolvent governments, and an admirable but undefined and indefinitely delayed Banking Union
  • between the principle of perfectly separable country debts and the supposed need to persuade the surplus countries to bankroll the rest
  • between national sovereignty and federalism.
These falsely dyadic choices imprison thinking, and immobilise governments. They are responsible for a legitimation crisis for the European project. And they risk a catastrophic human, social and democratic crisis in Europe.
By contrast the Modest Proposal counters that:
  • The real choice is between beggar-my-neighbour deflation and an investment-led recovery combined with social stabilisation. The investment recovery will be funded by global capital, supplied principally by sovereign wealth funds and by pension funds which are seeking long-term investment outlets. Social stabilisation can be funded, initially, through the Target2 payments scheme.
  • Taxpayers in Germany and the other surplus nations do not need to bankroll the 2020 European Economic Recovery Programme, the restructuring of sovereign debt, resolution of the banking crisis, or the emergency humanitarian programme so urgently needed in the European periphery.
  • Neither an expansionary monetary policy nor a fiscal stimulus in Germany and other surplus countries, though welcome, would be sufficient to bring recovery to Europe.
  • Treaty changes for a federal union may be aspired by some, but will take too long , are opposed by many, and are not needed to resolve the crisis now.
On this basis the Modest Proposal’s four policies are feasible steps by which to deal decisively with Europe’s banking crisis, the debt crisis, underinvestment, unemployment as well as the human, social and political emergency.
Version 4.0 of the Modest Proposal offers immediate answers to questions about the credibility of the ECB’s OMT policy, the impasse on a Banking Union,  financing of SMEs, green energy and high tech start-ups in Europe’s periphery, and basic human needs that the crisis has left untended.
It is not known how many strokes Alexander the Great needed to cut the Gordian knot. But in four strokes, Europe could cut through the knot of debt and deficits in which it has bound itself.
  • In one stroke, Policy 1, the Case-by-Case Bank Programme (CCBP), bypasses the impasse of Banking Union (BU), decoupling stressed sovereign debt and from banking recapitalisation, and allowing for a proper BU to be designed at leisure
  • By another stroke, Policy 2, the Limited Debt Conversion Programme (LDCP), the Eurozone’s mountain of debt shrinks, through an ECB-ESM conversion of Maastricht Compliant member-state Debt
  • By a third stroke, Policy 3, the Investment-led Recovery and Convergence Programme (IRCP) re-cycles global surpluses into European investments
  • By a fourth stroke, Policy 4, the Emergency Social Solidarity Programme (ESSP), deploys funds created from the asymmetries that helped cause the crisis to meet basic human needs caused by the crisis itself.
At the political level, the four policies of the Modest Proposal constitute a process of decentralised europeanisation, to be juxtaposed against an authoritarian federation that has not been put to European electorates, is unlikely to be endorsed by them, and, critically, offers them no assurance of higher levels of employment and welfare.
We propose that four areas of economic activity be europeanised: banks in need of ESM capital injections, sovereign debt management, the recycling of European and global savings into socially productive investment and prompt financing of a basic social emergency programme.
Our proposed europeanisation of borrowing for investment retains a large degree of subsidiarity. It is consistent with greater sovereignty for member-states than that implied by a federal structure, and it is compatible with the principle of reducing excess national debt, once banks, debt and investment flows are europeanised without the need for national guarantees or fiscal transfers.
While broad in scope, the Modest Proposal suggests no new institutions and does not aim at redesigning the Eurozone. It needs no new rules, fiscal compacts, or troikas. It requires no prior agreement to move in a federal direction while allowing for consent through enhanced cooperation rather than imposition of austerity.
It is in this sense that this proposal is, indeed, modest.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Davos 2015 super rich and superdivided

The Super Rich earn their wealth from exploiting the worlds resources . It is they who are the worst offenders for climate change as they lead by example and everyone else follows with trashy look alikes.gobbling up much more resources.

The Super Rich  have a tax system allocated just to themselves, They do not have PAYE or similar , they argue and fight for paying any tax within their tax  remit, not just from within their own local tax jurisdiction , but anyone that is open to bribes and easier rates than at home.
 All taxes should be paid where the products are sold, if we are to keep the present tax system. otherwise the tax system has to be reformed completely from top to bottom as suggested in previous blogs

The Super Rich should not be able to pass on wealth to the next generation , we stopped it once from the aristocracy and landed gentry, now we have to stop it again before it goes to far.  Philanthropy is not a replacement to paying taxes, it is in short a way of making one feel good and getting respectable with peers than about being greedy and abusing the global resources.Greed has to be seen as nasty why should anyone rich or poor be told to breathe the poison of car fumes or noise,or poison put into our rivers and aquifers?

The Super Rich are the answer and cause to Climate change, and global warming, You are also the answer to environmental ecocide, and relieving societal dysfunction.

The Super Rich,  The Super Rich, The Super Rich,  Please find and use your heart and soul , transform taxation, businesses, and society to a fairer a more equal one with high moral standing.
Do not share your wealth, do not take it in the first place, Think about instead of adding value, providing value,  and sharing all natural resources wisely. Do no buy up vast amounts of real estate, condemning the poor to the fringes of the cities and towns, They are your powerhouse of energy and manufacture and also consumption, Respect all life, from the humble earthworm to man  and woman.

The Super Rich, you are Super Rich only because society has allowed you to be so, but when it is grossly differentiated society will bite back , as we are witnessing with the Arab Spring and many terrorist movements at present. Societal unrest will be your undoing and it may be sooner than you think!

Banks , please wake up to QE, it does nothing other than make the Super Rich richer, allowing them to buy up vast tracts of land and resources. All Natural Resources are freely given to mankind by the planet itself, It is only mankind who has made them valuable by restricting  or making them available to be used and consumed . They are the bounty of all the planet , and we should all pay a real price for their use and consumption. It is these resources that are causing all the problems we have on the planet.

Governments, UN, World Bank, IMF, COP etc etc...  If we are to address the Rich/Poor divide , climate change, and ecosystem collapse , we have to address the basic fundamental connection between all these problems, The common denominator is all the natural resources of the earth , and how they are used or extracted, It is not just fossil fuels, that just happens to be the most critical at the present time , but land availability and use, water and air quality and availability.
We do have a lot of good will in the name of the UN and many other organisations building frameworks based on real natural values ethics and morals, the failure is to uphold and implement them. They fail in the main part due to their complexity, so loopholes are found, and the rot starts,

Mankind need to wake up to a new sense of responsibility and accountability  in the form of a reformation of all fiscal and monetary systems , placing  not just the sustainability,longevity and integrity of the use of all Natural Resources at the centre of all policies.

"Look after Nature and the world will look after itself".

Your Environmental or Carbon Footprint is the same size as your Spending power.

Responsibility and accountability goes with increasing power and wealth.


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Lord Stern from Davos2015

Lord Stern said that this year’s event in Paris aimed at reaching a deal on climate change was crucial. “This year will shape the next 20... it is the poor who are hit hardest by climate change,” he said.

Following the press conference, the Guardian caught up with Lord Stern, walking around the corridors of the conference centre. He said the current low oil price (with Brent crude trading at just above $48 a barrel today) “was a very good moment for enlightened policy”.

“If you want to put a carbon tax on now is absolutely the right moment.”