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77 THESES ON THE CARE OF THE EARTH

"The world of tomorrow is not foreordained to be either good or bad...rather it will be what we make it. In these 77 theses I have tried to present the essentials ideas needed to achieve a historic global change - from mindless exploitation, with increasing danger of worldwide catastrophe, to the peaceful nurture of our home, Planet Earth" -- John McConnell

John McConnell, the founder of the original Earth Day, created many significant projects and campaigns for a more peaceful, just and sustainable world including a 1957 Star of Hope proposal, calling for peaceful international cooperation for space exploration; Meals For Millions to feed refugees in 1962, and the Minute For Peace campaign to bring the world together in a moment of silence for peace in 1963. He wrote several blueprints for a better world, including an original Earth Charter document in 1979, and a comprehensive plan for a better world entitled, 77 Theses On the Care of the Earth: A Guide for Earth Trustees - Principles and Policies that will foster the peaceful nurture and care of the planet Earth in 1985.

John McConnell established the first Earth Day celebration in 1970 and he and Margaret Mead formed the Earth Society Foundation to promote Earth Day and the idea that ordinary citizens can become Earth Trustees to care for the planet. The popular Earth Flag that has come to symbolize the environmental movement was also designed by John McConnell in 1968. In 1995, he drafted the Earth Magna Charta, which incorporated the goals and policies of his earlier documents and programs to create a more hopeful future for us all. "Let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder of life and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure." A true visionary, McConnell continued to tirelessly spread his ideas for a better world throughout his 97 years.

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MILESTONES

c.380 BC
"Republic"

1215
Magna Carta

1516
"Utopia"

1528
"On Civil Power"

1625
"On The Law
of War and Peace"

1648
Peace of Westphalia

1650-1799
Enlightenment

1689
"Two Treatises of Government"

1762
"Social Contract"

July 4, 1776
US Declaration of Independence

September 17, 1787
US Constitution

August 26, 1789
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

September 25, 1789
US Bill of Rights

1793
Department of Peace

1795
"Perpetual Peace"

May 18, 1899
Hague Peace Conference

1901
Nobel Peace Prize

January 8, 1918
14 Points

June 28, 1919
League of Nations

1933
The New Deal

January 6, 1941
The Four Freedoms

October 24, 1945
The United Nations

August, 1947
World Federalist Movement

December 10, 1948
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

1955
"Let There Be
Peace On Earth"

1956
The Beloved Community

1960-1963
The New Frontier

1963-1969
The Great Society

1970
Earth Day

October 11, 1971
"Imagine"

1981
International Day of Peace

1985
77 Theses on the Care of the Earth

1988
Global Cooperation for a Better World

1991
Earth Constitution

1992
UNESCO
Culture of Peace Programme

1992
"4000 Ideas & Dreams for a Better World"

1995
Earth Magna Charta

1995
"When Corporations Rule The World"

1996
"Peace On Earth Millennium"

1997
Appeal of the Nobel Laureates

1998
"Conscious Evolution"

May 11-15, 1999
Hague Appeal for Peace

January 1, 2000
One Day In Peace

June 29, 2000
The Earth Charter

September, 2000
Millennium Development Goals

January 25-30, 2001
World Social Forum

October, 2001
"Better World Handbook"

2005
Clinton Global Initiative

July 18, 2007
The Elders

September 17, 2011
Occupy Wall Street