It is every thinking person’s duty to future generations and to all life on planet Earth, to become an activist at whatever level their individual circumstances and personal interests allow.
There are thousands, if not millions of different socially active organisations intent on ameliorating the human condition. You have an obligation to your family and community to become active in at least one of them. In turn, these organisations, no matter what their primary concerns within the societies in which they operate, have a duty to advocate reform of the current international system of governance.
The current United Nations Organisation is in desperate need of reform or replacement by an organisation better suited to the task of saving the planet from the environmental destruction and life-destroying conflict now confronting us.
Accept the challenge, take up your paddle and become part of the movement for change!
Contributing to the movement for change does not necessarily mean volunteering labour – for many people in full-time employment and/or overwhelmed with family obligations, that is unrealistic. Regularly donating to a cause, is to be active in it. The time spent earning that donation is the equivalent to time spent as a volunteer directly active in the cause.
Over the past three years, the threats addressed by these public good organisations have been articulated in an NZ-based blog www.khakispecs.com Based on a selection of those blogs, a long-term plan to resolve those threats was recently published in “A country like New Zealand could save the world.”
The ultimate goal of Paddle Now is to implement the plan set out in the book. The shorter-term goal is more modest: to persuade more New Zealanders to become politically aware and active.
This site will urge them to join one or more of the many NZ-based organisations actively trying to improve their country’s future.
This site, as it builds, will exhibit a range of organisations, both New Zealand based and overseas, which are open to new members and supporters from New Zealand. There are many fields in which volunteers are working to serve their communities. The organisations featured on this site are concerned with global governance, environmental protection and climate change, with peace and conflict resolution and with Human Rights and social justice.
Take up your paddle
New Zealanders’ situation (like that of the rest of humanity) is as on a ramshackle raft being sucked inexorably towards the thundering falls ahead. The nations of the Earth are seated around the four sides of the raft and each paddling in the direction indicated by the side of the raft they are seated on. Thus the raft revolves endlessly and history is doomed to repeat itself, while the thunder grows ever louder in the ears of the hapless passengers and their crew. Only an international coordination of organised activists will ever get the raft to the safe bank of the river upstream from the looming disaster.