State of Global Emergency Declaration (Draft)
Prepared by Ervin Laszlo and David Woolfson for the Club of Budapest
It is the mission of the Club of Budapest to catalyze effective and timely change by calling attention to the dangers as well as the opportunities that confront the human community. It now issues an urgent call for action in view of the state of global emergency that arose on this planet. This is a global crisis, and it harbors both grave dangers and unique opportunities. We must recognize it and take action. A purely perceived crisis is dangerous: it triggers precipitate action in the face of a situation that does not call for it. But an unrecognized crisis is just as or even more dangerous, for it fails to catalyze effective action in a situation that does call for it. With The Declaration on the State of Global Emergency, to be adopted in the framework of a Global Emergency Consultation in 2009, The Club of Budapest calls attention to the reality of the crisis, and invites all responsible people and organizations to endorse the present draft, so a critical mass in the human community would muster the consciousness, the creativity, and the will to take action to cope with it.
The Global Situation
The Way Forward
WE HEREBY ISSUE AN URGENT CALL to all the People and Peoples of the World to declare their awareness of the state of global emergency and their firm commitment to join together to carry out real and meaningful change in all sectors of society (education, governance, economy, media, culture, technology) and at all levels (local, national, and global) for the common good of all people and all societies, and all life on Earth.