SummaryWhat is it about?
Reasons and objectives
Current status of progress
Alessandro Andreatta, Mayor of Trento
1. The Initiative. What is it about?
The World Identity Card (WIC) "Inhabitant of the Earth" is a proposal drafted and approved by the Agora of the Inhabitants of the Earth, which was held in Sezano/Verona from 13 to 16 December 2018 and was attended by around 200 people, most of them from Europe, but also from Africa, Latin America and Asia. It consists in the issue by the Municipalities (or similar communities/local communities) of the document, World Identity Card "Inhabitant of the Earth" to any person, of any age, living in the Municipality and who expressly requests it. The Card has deliberately a symbolic human, social and political value. The Card has no legal value nor does it give any new right. The Charter of Universal Human Rights exists and was approved by the UN. It is not in addition to the official identity card, nor is it a form of new or alternative passport. The Card is a free act by municipalities of mutual sharing and support in favour of the declaration of the people who request it to be "builders of humanity."
2. Reasons and objectives of the Card
In the last forty years human beings have been twice confiscated of their humanity. First as citizens, because citizens have become subjects of "patrimonial" property of the "national" States, which have crushed the nationality (and humanity) by restricting it to a national identity and subjecting it to the discretionary will of the national oligarchies' powers. If a human being does not have the adjective "national" added to the citizen, s/he does not exist as such, s/he is stateless, s/he is not "one of ours". Secondly as individuals, because they have been reduced to "human resources" at the service of the interests of the owners and merchants of the financial capital.
Being the first organized basic form of human communities, the Municipalities acknowledge two key fundamental principles of "living together" by issuing the WIC-Inhabitant of the Earth: all human beings are inhabitants of the earth before being yellow, white, black, mixed and Ethiopian, Afghan, Colombian, Senegalese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Canadian, Brazilian, Egyptian, German, Italian, English... and, secondly, we all live in the same place of life, the Earth, the Mother-Earth, our "common home", from which no one can be legitimately excluded by anyone, not even by the highest political, economic, social or moral authorities in the world. Today, however, there are more than 60 million of human beings wandering around the world in search of a place to live, and there are billions of people excluded from the cities, as habitual places of life for human beings, and relegated to places of exclusion and impoverishment.
Moreover, by issuing the World ID Card-Inhabitant of the Earth only upon request of the people themselves, the Municipalities express a vision that goes beyond the individualistic conscience of life, of the rights and of the future. At the same time, they reinforce the importance of taking collective responsibility with respect to the protection and care of the global life of the Earth and all its inhabitants (including other living species).
Today, more than ever, the path to build is moving from a concentrated "Me" to the broadened "We", in the direction of a Humanity conscious of the need to act as a "community" and take responsibility for the integrity and permanent regeneration of the life on earth. The World ID Card is an act of awareness, of hope and commitment. Hence the principle that the Card has to be issued only upon request of the inhabitants.
3. Main features
The Card will be a common model throughout the world. Now, among those who are involved in the post-Agora work, the preference goes to the model below.
It will be the size of a normal ID card or of a slightly laminated bank card.
On the front of the card, in addition to the title of the card and the identification number, only the following elements are mentioned:
- Name and surname
- Date of birth
- Place of residence
According to some members, it would be preferable not to indicate the place of residence. Her/his residence is the Earth.
In the back of the Card, there are:
- The crest, the name of the municipality and the stamp signed by the municipality
- The phrase of commitment by the applicant Inhabitant of the Earth "I commit myself to contribute to the construction of Humanity, capable of safeguarding the life of the Earth for all its inhabitants, also at the service of the future generations".
A "younger" Card is envisaged for people under 17 years of age.
4. Current status of the initiative
Nine municipalities have formally joined the initiative before the Agora by Council resolution: San Lorenzo, municipality in the province of Santa Fe in Argentina, the municipalities of Fumane, Canegrate, Sommacampagna, Nogarole Rocca and the 8th sub-Municipality of Rome in Italy, La Marsa, municipality of Tunisia, Palau Saverdera, municipality of Catalonia/Spain and Lisbon, municipality of Portugal.
The initiative also received the support of two national networks of municipalities in Italy: the network of solidarity municipalities (RECOSOL) and the network of virtuous municipalities.
The preparatory phase for the launch of the initiative on a global scale started on the 8th of February and it is expected to take place at the end of September/October 2019 in Lisbon.
There have already been meetings in Italy with the mayor of Trento and, in preparation, with the mayor of Merano, Gorizia and various municipalities in Tuscany and Puglia. Contacts are under way with the mayor of Berlin (D), Rosario (Argentina), in Chile with the national associations, with the mayors of Liege and Waremme in Wallonia. The awareness raising activities of the municipalities will begin in March in Brazil, France and Sub-Saharan Africa.
We plan to extend the number of municipalities that have joined and the new ones by means of town twinning networks. The mobilization has begun.
We would like to point out that in conjunction with the initiative of the World ID Card-Inhabitant of the Earth we will test the interest and feasibility of the institution of the "Day of the Inhabitants of the Earth" with the support of the municipalities on 15 December of each year starting from 15 December 2019.
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Sezano, 23 February 2019