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MAHARISHI INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL
OF NATURAL LAW PARTIES
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16 December 1999


ANNUAL NLP CONFERENCE IN THE U.K. LEADS TO NEW ALLIANCES
AND NEW STRATEGIES

This year's annual conference of the Natural Law Party of the United
Kingdom, held in Skelmersdale from 26-28 November, broke new ground in many
ways. New alliances were forged with several organisations to work together
for the betterment of society, and new strategies were evolved to gain
support for the party's policies from a much wider public.

Party leader Dr Geoffrey Clements set the tone in the opening session by
highlighting how the government has consistently ignored hundreds of
scientific studies showing the benefits of Natural Law programmes in health
care, education, crime reduction and other areas. "We are not offering hope
or faith or empty promises, but programmes that have been shown to work. We
know that government leaders are fully aware of these programmes and their
benefits. It is a matter of gross neglect that they ignore the facts and do
not bring these benefits to the nation," Dr Clements said.


Maharishi Vedic Economy

Dr Guy Hatchard summarised his newly completed PhD thesis on the "Scientific
Validation of Maharishi Vedic Economy: Wholeness on the Move". His research,
conducted on economic trends in New Zealand, Norway, the UK, the USA, and
Mozambique, shows positive improvements in a broad range of economic indices
and quality of life as a result of increased numbers of people practising
the Transcendental Meditation and the TM-Sidhi programmes. For example, in
1993 New Zealand and Norway approached the "Maharishi Effect" threshold,
with 1% of the population instructed in Transcendental Meditation. At this
time their scores rose significantly on the World Economic Forum IMD Index
of economic success, which is constructed from more than 200 global statistics.

"Successful economy is not based on money or greed but on human potential.
The programmes of the Natural Law Party unlock that potential and enliven
the all-directional quality of Natural Law - Wholeness on the Move - at all
levels of society," Dr Hatchard said.


Putting people before profits

The next speaker, Ben Humphries, Representative of the World Development
Movement (WDM), spoke about the importance of putting people before profits
in the global economy. He said that the mission of WDM is to campaign for
political changes to bring justice to the world's poor. The aim is to
eliminate the root causes of poverty, including Third World debt, World
Trade Organisation regulations that favour multinational companies, and the
promotion of genetically engineered foods among the world's poorest farmers.
In a hard-hitting address, Mr Humphries described the growing opposition by
thousands of organisations to current injustices in world trade. He was
pleased to hear about the global initiatives of the Natural Law Party to
create balance and progress in the world economy.


A global political force

Dr Reinhard Borowitz, Secretary General of the Maharishi International
Council of Natural Law Parties, said that governments are progressively
losing their power to multinational companies and economic organisations. "A
new globalised approach is vital in politics," he said. "We need global
solutions for global problems. The Natural Law Party, which is now active in
over 80 countries, is not trying to push through the interests of any one
group or section of society. It is a global political force that can unite
all positive, evolutionary forces in the world. With its holistic programmes
and proven solutions the Natural Law Party can take leadership to solve
today's global problems. The essential step to solving these global problems
is to raise global consciousness."


Amnesty International

The Representative of Amnesty International spoke about the organisation's
activities in 140 countries where it has human rights concerns. In response
to comments from the Conference Chairman, Richard Johnson, that the Natural
Law Party's coherence-creating programmes would help relieve stress in world
consciousness and thereby help to lighten Amnesty's load, Mr Plant said: "We
are delighted to hear that you include human rights in your policies. We
hope that the work of both our organisations will progress and that our next
Annual Report of human rights' violations will be a fraction of the size!"


"Women Say No to GMOs"

In an impassioned address, Lynda Brown, campaign organiser for Joan Ruddock,
MP, described the progress in the women's campaign in the UK for an outright
ban on GMOs. "Women can add great power to the debate," Ms Brown said. "We
are asking what kind of science will serve us and our children best in the
next century. The GMO debate is a unique opportunity for the first time for
us all to be stakeholders in the food agenda for the 21st Century." She
encouraged everyone to keep writing to their MPs and supermarkets and to
help educate everyone about the issues. "If we don't buy it, they can't sell
it," she said.

Mark Griffiths, the NLP's Environment Spokesman, responded with an inspiring
update on the party's global campaign to ban GMOs. "There has been great
progress in Europe, but we must keep the pressure on until the job is done,"
he said. "Attention is now shifting to the USA and what has happened in
Europe in the last twelve months will happen in the US in the next twelve
months, and then it will die."


Campaign for a Pollution-Free Waste Industry in the UK

In its final session the conference took an exciting turn with the decision
to join with guest speaker Keith Collins in conducting a nation-wide
campaign for recycling of waste in the UK.

Mr Collins is a businessman and Director at the London Recycling Consortium.
He pointed out that Britain currently recycles less of its waste than any
other country in the Western world - only about 8%. The Netherlands recycles
60%. Mr Collins said that in Britain today most domestic and industrial
waste is dumped in landfill sites. "The space available for these sites is
less and less, they create an enormous amount of pollution and environmental
damage."

"Incinerators are 'land filling' the sky. You put garbage in and you get
garbage out - particulates and dioxins in the air and heavy metals in the
toxic ash. The pollution from landfill sites and incinerators is linked with
increased incidence of a variety of cancers, birth defects, and disruption
of hormones," Mr Collins said. "Not only is there overwhelmingly public
opposition to both landfill sites and incinerators, but they are enormously
expensive to operate."

Opinion polls show that 95% of the population prefer the option of recycling
waste. Recycling produces least damage to the environment and human health,
while yielding maximum economic advantage since recycled materials can be
reprocessed and sold. Taking waste paper as an example, he said that the
value of the power generated by incinerators is only one hundredth of the
sale value of the recycled paper. Furthermore, U.S. figures show that in
terms of pollution, recycling just 1% of waste is equivalent to taking one
million cars off the roads.

Mr Collins said that using schemes that have already been tried and tested,
40% of waste can be recycled immediately and a further 40% is compostable.
The remaining 20% can also eventually be recycled. He gave examples of
several towns in North America and Europe that have achieved over 80%
recycling within ten years.

Following Mr Collins's brilliant and convincing presentation, the Deputy
Chairman of the Natural Law Party, John Collins, proposed that the Natural
Law Party and Mr Collins's organisation should join together to launch a
"Campaign for a Pollution-Free Waste Industry in the UK". The feeling of the
Natural Law Party conference was that this could become as big an issue as
the party's Campaign to Ban Genetically Engineered Food. New policy
documents will be drafted and there will be a joint campaign with Keith
Collins's organisation in London during Dr Clements' forthcoming campaign
for Mayor of London.


Tackling the drug abuse crisis

During discussions of the drug abuse problems raging in the UK, William
Hite, businessman and author, summarised the contents of his new book, which
analyses the problem and presents the Natural Law Party's solutions. "This
is a far greater problem than most people imagine," Mr Hite said. "One third
of our children will end up addicted to alcohol or drugs. The government has
statistics but no understanding of the subject. If the policies in this book
were implemented, we cannot imagine how life in this country would change
for the better."

Mr Hite proposed an independent campaign, supported by the Natural Law
Party, with the theme "Keep Drugs out of Families", promoting the use of
Transcendental Meditation, coherence-creating groups of Yogic Flyers, and
the introduction of Natural Law programmes in health care and education -
all proven means to reduce drug abuse.

Simon Cohen, a Retired Assistant Chief Probation Officer, endorsed Mr Hite's
position and said that consciousness-based education is the only long-term
solution.


Ideal housing

John Renwick, NLP Spokesman for Housing and National Planning, gave a
brilliant assessment of the benefits for health, happiness and good fortune
for everyone that will come from the introduction of the Natural Law-based
approaches to building and planning available through the science of
Maharishi Sthapatya Veda.