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CLIMATE CHANGELearn about the origins of the Climate Change theory. The Club of Rome needed a new enemy in order to 'unite' the people. This new enemy would be "either a real one or else one invented for the purpose." In their book "The First Global Revolution 1991" they stated: "In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention and thus the real enemy, then, is humanity itself."
PROPERTY OWNERSHIP"Land... cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interest of society as a whole." Quote from United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I),Vancouver, BC, May 31 -- June 11, 1976. Preamble to Agenda Item 10 of the Conference Report.
THE COMMITMENT"Good governance at all levels is critical to our ability to make good on our Agenda 21 commitments. While national governments will make the political commitments, we rely upon regional and local governments to implement new policies in the context of local situations, to enforce environmental regulations, to innovate and adapt solutions that will succeed in unique environmental, social, and political realities. Some of the most creative solutions to our sustainable development challenges are emerging in the U.S. from our state, regional and local governments. We should encourage communities to do integrated planning, to develop sustainability plans and a local Agenda 21." ~ Objectives of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development by Lawrence J. Gumbiner, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Second PrepCom of UNCSD, Washington, DC, March 7, 2011.
BOOKSA short book explaining regionalism you can send to your legislators like these folks are doing.
SHORT FILM EXPLAINING AGENDA 21The New Hampshire cities of Keene, Nashua, Portsmouth, and Wolfeboro are all members of ICLEI. Your taxes pay for the membership so that ICLEI, a non-governmental foreign-based organization can tell your city what to do when it comes to planning.
WHAT IS THE "JOHANNESBURG PLAN"?"Within the Commission on Sustainable Development, activities are centered on the development and implementation of partnerships and capacity building of key sustainable development areas included in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and Agenda 21." ~ US State Dept Doc. 2004
You can read the Johannesburg Plan here. [PDF] It mentions Local Agenda 21 and ICLEI and that the US State Department is committed to implementing it.
In September 2002, representatives of 191 governments gathered in Johannesburg for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).
The aim was to examine progress on the outcomes of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) - sometimes referred to as the Rio Earth Summit - and to 'reinvigorate' global commitment to sustainable development. The result was a 54-page agreement called the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation which sets out new commitments and priorities for action on sustainable development in areas as diverse as poverty eradication, health, trade, education, science and technology, regional concerns, natural resources, and the institutional arrangements.
The Johannesburg Plan of Implementation is divided in to eleven chapters, each with its own specific focus. This means that while themes such as health, poverty and globalisation have a chapter of their own, the themes are also echoed in other parts of the agreement. This 'cross-cutting' or web-like structure of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation reflects the fact that sustainable development requires a holistic view of development and the involvement of all relevant stakeholders in its implementation.
The 11 Chapters of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation are as follows:
HOW to RECOGNIZE AGENDA 215 Ways Agenda 21 Enters Your Community [PDF]
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