This chapter will discuss the ecological stare decisis doctrine and natural law as sources of principles to guide mankind in determining what ought to be the optimum carrying capacity for a given nation and for the world as a whole. It will propose a world society in which the medium of exchange among nations would be based on an ecological currency and would be politically implemented through a World Environmental Authority--proposed seventh organ of the United Nations. The goal is to check the current inequitable squandering of the planet's resources, to stop the despoiling of its life-support systems, and to provide a global vision and strategy for solving the problems.
Louis Rene Beres ( 1975) distinguished four phases of what he called "world order design," which may be useful in the planning of alternative future worlds: value, hypothesis, model, and recommendation. Taken together these four stages provide a conceptual framework needed to develop alternative world patterns that are presumed better than those we have today or those we are headed toward in the future.
The first step in the study of world order design is the value phase. This subjective and prescriptive phase provides a sense of di-