Universal Birthright is generally thought of as the entitlement due and received by the sole virtue of being alive. The Universal Birthright of every child born on the earth is to have a fair share of the land and the resources of the planet. This is the simple foundation of equality and living sustainably. This birthright is shared and individual for all ages. All resources under the earth, water, oil, metals, minerals and treasures are the collective trust and stewardship of all mankind and is to be divided justly for the good of all. Anything grown or created above ground is for the administration of those who did it, without limit. Birthright has shared rights and responsibilities alongside the individual sovereignty of land stewardship.

This view of universal birthright has been the dream of all oppressed people of every persuasion. Universal Birthright is a clarification of the idea that all men were created equal and a simple expression of what equality means.

For many the idea of 'birthright' is implicit in the Magna Carta. In AD 1215, Magna Carta, the Great Charter, set out the people’s ancient liberties and Common Law. These liberties were confirmed as the people’s birthright long before Parliament existed. They include the right to trial by jury and the right to have a voice in determining taxation. In 1297 the Model Parliament confirmed Magna Carta in statute law. Since then Magna Carta has been re-confirmed many times.

'Free self-rights' is a more useful description of the human entitlement to planetary resources. This is in line with Magna Carta's modern role as a talisman of liberties and rights of individuals to partake of a fair share of what Earth can produce for ever. It sets these universal entitlements apart from the commonplace defiition of birthright as the right, possession, or privilege that is one's due by birth within a particular community or parental lineage.

First there was Magna Carta



Then there was sustainability