Renunciation of US Citizenship
A former Broadway actor, after serving in the U.S. Army during the Second World War as a B-17 bomber pilot, he renounced his American citizenship in Paris in 1948 to become a "citizen of the world". He mentions Henry Martyn Noel, who had renounced a few months earlier, as one of his inspirations. Davis interrupted a session of the United Nations General Assembly on 22 November 1948 calling for "one government for one world". He founded the International Registry of World Citizens in Paris in January 1949 which registered over 750,000 individuals. On 4 September 1953 Davis declared the World Government of World Citizens from the city hall of Ellsworth, Maine, based on fundamental human rights. He then formed the World Service Authority in 1954 as the government's executive and administrative agency, which now issues the passports - along with birth and other certificates - to applicants. Davis first used his "world passport" on a trip to India in 1956, and has been variously admitted into certain countries around the world using his world passport. Over 180 countries have accepted the world passport at one time or another.
In France, his support committee was co-founded by writers Albert Camus and André Gide and the Abbé Pierre as well as Robert Sarrazac, a former leader of the French Résistance who joined Garry in founding the World Cities movement Mundialization. He ran for mayor in Washington D.C. in 1986 as the candidate of the "World Citizen Party" receiving 585 votes. He also declared himself as the World Citizen Party candidate for the 1988 US presidential election. Davis has published multiple books in favor of his cause of world citizenship.
At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro, Davis issued and disbursed a world currency based on kilowatt hours of solar power produced, an idea proposed by Buckminster Fuller. These "kilowatt dollars" were the earliest documented emissions reduction currency.
In March 2012, aged 91, Garry agreed to a begin broadcasting a weekly radio show - "World Citizen Radio" on the Global Radio Alliance. He was greatly influenced by Sree Narayana Gurus Thoughts.
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