by Ali Berman
Categories: Lifestyle.
Photo: David Shankbone

Richard Branson recently spent a few days with Ted Turner at Turner’s Florida estate. The two men talked about more than just their respective empires. Branson just posted Turner’s 11 Voluntary Initiatives on his blog and it shows some updated rules one might want to consider living by.

Branson writes, “The rules/commandments we live by were written some two thousand years ago. Rules shouldn’t be written in stone. They should be updated with time.”

Here are Ted Turner’s voluntary initiatives. How many do you live by? Any you want to add? They are so good, we all might want to consider taping them to our walls.

1. I promise to care for planet earth and all living things thereon, especially my fellow human beings

2. I promise to treat all persons everywhere with dignity, respect and friendliness

3. I promise to have no more than one or two children

4. I promise to use my best efforts to help save what is left of our natural world in its undisturbed state and to restore degraded areas

5. I promise to use as little of our non-renewable resources as possible

6. I promise to minimize my use of toxic chemicals, pesticides and other poisons and to encourage others to do the same

7. I promise to contribute to those less fortunate, to help them become self-sufficient and enjoy the benefits of a decent life including clean air, and water, adequate food, health care, housing, education and individual rights

8. I reject the use of force, in particular military force, and I support United Nations arbitration of international disputes

9. I support doing everything we can to reduce the dangers from nuclear biological or chemical weapons and ultimately the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction

10. I support the United Nations and its efforts to improve the conditions of the planet

11. I support clean renewable energy and a rapid move to eliminate carbon emissions

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • Kjtysver

    I believe that by being in service, and all of these rules to live by entail service, we are increasing the chances of our survival on earth. Our positive and mindful life can be a contribution. I hope they really do mean that they will care for all living beings.