World Agenda for Sustainability


The world rings changes,
it is never constant but in its disappointments.
The world is but a great inn,
where we are to stay a night or two, and be gone;
what madness is it so to set our heart upon our inn, as to forget our home?
— Thomas Watson


Agenda 21

Agenda 21 is the necessary comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.

Adoption

Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the Statement of principles for the Sustainable Management of Forests were adopted by more than 178 Governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992.

The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was created in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of UNCED, to monitor and report on implementation of the agreements at the local, national, regional and international levels. It was agreed that a five year review of Earth Summit progress would be made in 1997 by the United Nations General Assembly meeting in special session.

Reactions

The full implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Commitments to the Rio principles, were strongly reaffirmed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development(WSSD) held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 August to 4 September 2002.

Forum_Agenda 21_Agents Municipaux_014

Forum_Agenda 21_Agents Municipaux_014 (Photo credit: Gilles Couteau)

I would like to recommend to read: What Is “Agenda 21″? to find what that reader is finding about the brainchild of the World Commission on the Environment and Development, more commonly called the Brundtland Commission after the chairman, Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and First Vice-President of Socialist International.

Smart recipes

On What Is “Agenda 21″? goldennuggetde commented with pointing out that it seems to be like the Bible and the interpretation of diverse religions. For the commenter “The bible itself was not necessarily a holy book but a real smart one with recipes how people on this planet can live in paradise. ”

As a non-believer he made a good statement and has seen that the Holy Scriptures are really literature providing enough knowledge to make the best out of the world, for believer and non-believer.

He actually tries to say: “Agenda 21 is one of the best ideas ever spread on this planet in order to provide a sustainable living throughout the future. The bad thing is that there are always some financially powerful people who try to put it in a way to safeguards their benefits. The ideological idea behind all this is nothing they can deal with.”

Power in own hands

The problem with the world has always been that people living in that universe looked mostly to have everything for their own profit, not so much interested in the profit of others. The whole problem in the world has always been egoism and the attraction of power. People love to have all power in their hands.

In history many people did try to get a reasonable way to govern things but allowing others to be part of the system. More than once interested politicians looked for ways to integrate the environment as part of the living quarters and the sustainer of a pleasant way of living.

The world wanted to gain as much as possible and found interesting tools which could make their labour easier. But with those machines pollution came into the world and while in the 19 th century this may have been idolised by many painters as the symbol of economic welfare, today we look at it as a burden.

Today cities seem to be contributing to growing failures in development and unsustainable
levels of resource use and greenhouse gas emissions in a world with an ever increasing proportion of the population living and working in cities.

Sustainability and Development

English: Sustainability chart

English: Sustainability chart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since the term “sustainable development” came into use in the 1970s, it has been used to mean many different things — as have terms such as sustainable cities and sustainable urbanization. What for one person or one society may be able to hold up can be not sufficient for an other community or even endanger it. though the persons who try to bring their agenda through may like to support the life of the community or want to provide the means to have it sustainable. All concerned parties may be trying to keep their environment from falling or sinking or want to give their living area a way to keep up and to provide something which may give it strength.

"The Earth Summit"- Rio konferansen ...

“The Earth Summit”- Rio konferansen i 1992, Knut Erik Nilsen. (Photo credit: The Bellona Foundation)

Sustainability is defined as a requirement of our generation to manage the resource base such that the average quality of life that we ensure ourselves can potentially be shared by all future generations. … Development is sustainable if it involves a non-decreasing average quality of life. [Geir B. Asheim, “Sustainability,” The World Bank, 1994]

Environmental Science. the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance: The committee is developing sustainability standards for products that use energy. {http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sustainability}

Development of the World

For non-believers there may be the idea the world shall come to an end and they  do have the power to postpone it in a certain way. For believers there is the convince that one day we shall have to face the third World War and that Jesus would return then to judge the living and the dead, to decide who is going to be allowed to enter the Kingdom of God, which shall be here on earth, which shall than be reformed to a peaceful place. {Read the Book of Isaiah} It shall be the time that God’s Plan shall come to fulfilment.

But before the End-times or Doomsday, shall be there men has the right to try to fix it himself. It is up to him to find a good plan in which many shall be able to rely on contributions by the citizens to sustain itself. Humans should be aware of the impact they themselves have on the world.

Future

For a long time people have gone going on without much consideration for the future generations. Now, since a few years, they are confronted with the big question how people can continue to go on like that.

We should wonder how many trees we can cut down without taking care of replanting trees and shrubs. People have become more aware of farming practices which parch the soil and drain it of nutrients. Humans continued to use parts of the soil and lots of materials from the earth without consideration what it would to do the earth and to the creatures (people, animals, plants) living on it.

For some sustainable practices include using solar and wind power, but they may not forget that certain materials to construct those solar shields are also very damaging for the ecological system. Wind and water shall stay for a long time and could be used to do more when it is treated properly.

Maintaining society and human needs

To get to sustainability people should look for adequate systems so that  a populationcan maintain itself consistently throughout a period of time where its population is perhaps steady not rising or decreasing. Those systems to make living worthwhile should create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.

United Nations Decade of Education for Sustain...

United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although the original use of the term sustainable development was intended to place a  higher priority on directly meeting human needs while considering development’s
environmental and ecological implications, this is not evident in how the term is often used.

So I would agree with the commenter that we can find many opinions about as well as the document itself as on the interpretation of it.

In the end it shall be important that people consider it a necessity to find a way to make cities healthy again and that ways are sought to make them enjoyable, resilient places to live and work (“meeting the needs of the present and future”) and ensure that the draw
of their populations’ consumption and enterprises’ production on local, regional and global resources and sinks is not disproportionate. (“…without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”).

Once more we meet a term which can be subjected to different interpretations. What can be “disproportionate” for the one can be totally acceptable for somebody else. Questions also can be uttered about which global regime shall be adequate to monitor, oversee, and strictly regulate our planet’s oceans, lakes, streams, rivers, aquifers, sea beds, coastlands, wetlands, forests, jungles, grasslands, farmland, deserts, tundra, and mountains.

The Brundtland Commission defined the sustainability as: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

Social Policy

The policy of Agenda 21 may come in many names, such as Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, historic preservation, diversity, open space, heritage areas and comprehensive planning, but the aim for the countries who are aware of the high need to act, is that they look for means to regulate the use of our sources, even when it would mean locking away land, resources, higher prices, sacrifice and shortages.

For many Americans this would smell to something where they are so afraid of. Therefore it shall demand courage for the persons who are really concerned about their country and safety and well-being of the population in their and other countries in the world. Bad air, polluted water, shall not stop at the borders, so it demands an awareness and concern for the whole world and not for the limited space of the own country. In the United States this will demand political courage because the opponents and lots of civilians would like to say that such a protective system would be based on the age old socialist scheme of redistribution of wealth. But they overlook that we are all part in it together and that we have come to live in a time where we as a community can not accept any more the egoistic attitude of trying to get wealth for your self as you can.

Savings and after life

People should get to see that they can not take the material earnings into their grave. They should get to know that they can not do anything in their death, with all the money they saved while here  on earth. If they do not believe in God and do not believe in an afterlife they should be fully aware of the uselessness of their grabbing, not respecting those who come after them.

For the ones who believe in God they should respect God‘s Laws and respect His Creation, so that would not be a problem, no matter which religion, or believing in Jesus or some one else to be a god or the God. For the followers of Jesus, the ones who would like to call themselves Christian, they should listen to Jesus from Nazareth (Jeshua, the Jew born in the lineage of king David). He clearly told the onlookers to respect and love their neighbours, but also the plants and animals, according to the laws of his Father, the only One God of gods.

Environmental Protection Agencies

Agenda 21 should being implemented in many peoples community. This can be done by a hoard of Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with private political agendas. They can surround the elected officials and pressure them to accept the necessary policies.

In several civilised countries the governments provide already for Environmental Protection Agencies. They received the task to do research and to find solutions for the problems we are facing.

In the United States of America they provided a.o. Government Regulations and Practices like the Executive Order 13423: “Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management” of 2007 and the Executive Order 13514: “Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance” of 2009.

In those executive orders they tried as in other countries to set policy and specific goals for federal agencies to ”conduct their environmental, transportation, and energy-related activities under the law in support of their respective missions in an environmentally, economically and fiscally sound, integrated, continuously improving, efficient, and sustainable manner.” In the later version they try  “to establish an integrated strategy towards sustainability in the Federal Government and to make reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) a priority for Federal agencies.”

In the industrialist countries they are very well aware that it is high time to do something and to provide regulations on “protecting” the atmosphere.

Action to undertake

Everybody should be more aware of what he or she does and which implication it has on the whole picture and for future generations. We all should be more aware of all the beautiful things which are around us. We have to open our eyes and see the beauty of nature and what it is willing to give us. We all should create an attitude of contentment, adjusting our behaviour, acting on what we have, since we have not what we wish.

Sustainable Development, Justyna Choroś

Sustainable Development, Justyna Choroś (Photo credit: UNDP Project Office in Poland)

What we do at the moment is just not enough. Wherever in wich country you do live you should do the best with what you have, where you are. Instead of trying to get more we should create an attitude of giving more. Have you ever thought that what you have to give may be better than you dare to think.

Those who do not believe in God should try to accept the world like it comes to them and respect it for what it treasures. Those who do believe in God, should clearly see the Masterhand of the Creator in everything around them. Perhaps they have lost already a lot in their life but when they have nothing left but God, then mostly for the first time they become aware that God is enough.

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Please find more:

  1. The main spoken of article by “You decide”: What Is “Agenda 21″?
  2. Toward Sustainability: Building a Better Understanding of Ecosystem Services > Learn More {EPA United States Environmental Protection Agency}
  3. Capitalism downfall
  4. Land not an ordinary asset
  5. Because men choose to go their own way
  6. We are ourselve responsible
  7. Cosmos creator and human destiny
  8. A viewpoint on creation
  9. Destination of the earth
  10. A world in denial
  11. Newsweek asks: How ignorant are you?
  12. Taking care of mother earth
  13. A learning process for each of us
  14. The world is but a great inn
  15. The dark side of our earthly existence
  16. It is Today
  17. Certainty in a troubled world
  18. Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past
  19. Trouble is coming
  20. End Times
  21. Increase Earthquakes
  22. Reacting to Disasters
  23. The days are coming
  24. The Conclusion of the System of Things
  25. Isaiah’s Book of the Messenger of Glad Tidings
  26. Last days and destruction of the flesh
  27. Signs on the earth and in the skies
  28. Moving around looking for a homeland
  29. Weapons of our warfare
  30. JerusalemGod’s city
  31. A concrete picture of what is to come in the future
  32. Control your destiny or somebody else will
  33. Let us act on what we have
  34. How should we react against the world
  35. If we, in our prosperity, neglect religious instruction and authority
  36. Thirst for happiness and meaning
  37. True riches
  38. Life questions
  39. Choose Life
  40. Our hope
  41. Belief of the things that God has promised
  42. To be established in the present truth
  43. Eternity depends upon this short time on earth
  44. Not all will inherit the Kingdom
  45. Doctrine and Conduct Cause and Effect
  46. How we think shows through in how we act
  47. Seeing the world through the lens of his own experience
  48. Empire with Jesus the emporer
  49. Commit your self to the trustworthy creator

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Agenda 21: In graphic novel form, so it must be the truth
For reasons unclear to me the wacky wing of the crazy right seized upon Agenda 21 as the symbol of most things evil in the world, especially since we don’t have the Soviet Union to blame stuff on any more.

Grist featured a graphic-novel-style explanation of Agenda 21, so you can follow the issues as they arise at the 2012 Republican Convention:  Agenda 21: Everything you need to know about the secret U.N. plot, in one comic.

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Some remark

In the related articles underneath you can read how many Americans are so afraid of anything which takes into account to take care of somebody else than the Own Self, the  “I”.  clearly they think everything which has the smell of being concerned with social matters would have to be associated with socialism or communism. Many of the writers show their selfishness and the will to let others know they shall not be willing nor to be prepared to take care of the environment, because it will be better for other people but limit what they would love to continue doing. What concerns them most is their own privileged freedom, in the understanding for them that it does not matter that for their freedom the freedom of somebody else or something else would have to be restricted.

It proves that a lot of Americans have a very restricted idea about “Freedom”.

Naturally we may not think all Americans are so afraid of the social regulations which have to be chosen to come to a liveable world for everybody and for every thing. The only problem is in Europe the Tea Party and very conservative way of thinking is the loudest voice the people are hearing. Most attention is given to the negativism to come to a better world.

It would be nice if Europe and other countries could here some more American voices who agree that we have to take care of our environment, the way we shall continue to live and the protection of the weaker ones, men, animals and plants.

Related articles

  • Transcript | Tennessee | 2012 Republican Party Chairman Warns of Agenda 21 (iamrising.wordpress.com)
    Among other things, Agenda 21 is hostile to America’s founding and animating principles, including national sovereignty, private property rights, private development, single family dwellings, free markets, and free use and development of resources. The proponents of Agenda 21 advocate for redistribution of wealth, and their doctrine is, quite simply, nothing more than a restatement of communism.
  • Transcript | SCARY | UN to US: “Individual rights must take a back seat to the collective.” (iamrising.wordpress.com)
    For a brave new world where everything that you cherish and hold true will no longer exist.Agenda 21 defines itself as the comprehensive plan of actionto be taken globally, nationally, and locally by organizations of the United Nations systems.It elevates nature above man.And, it contains something called the “precautionary principle,” where basically you’re guilty until proven innocent.
  • Tea Party Is Onto Agenda 21 (freedomoutpost.com)
    a copy of the speech presented at the local Tea Party meeting back in June of 2011.
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    we need to act decisively and fast to stop an anti-American juggernaut, born in the United Nations, called Agenda 21. We need to vet our political candidates to expose their positions on the subjects of Sustainable Development. Smart Growth, and ultimately, Agenda 21. What I found is very complicated, so I am going to try to give you a brief synopsis and I hope you will research this subject yourselves.
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    Agenda 21 purports to address environmental issues, but calls for wealth redistribution, resource redistribution, food redistribution, energy restrictions, supposed social justice, and more. It is NOT about the environment, though it pretends to be. The phrase Sustainable Development became the popular term in America to define Agenda 21. It is a political ideology being infused into every level of government in America. In short, it’s a Marxist plan for global control of everything.. with the United Nations at the head of central planning.
  • U.N.-backed ‘Agenda 21′ development rules anger many in Texas (lynleahz.com)
    concerns about U.N. overreach are gaining ground, with the attacks mostly focused on a 20-year-old nonbinding U.N. resolution called Agenda 21.
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    “It’s changing the status quo of how we operate as a country that is developing, and so it’s threatening to some people,” Almy said. “Urban design by its nature is about the collective good, and it isn’t necessarily about the freedom of any one person to do whatever the hell they want.”
  • The Tea Party’s lunacy and hype over Agenda 21 (capitolhillblue.com)
    Tea Party activist Judd Saul admits that he can sound a little unhinged when he gets talking about an issue close to his heart that most Americans have never heard of.
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    A small percentage of Americans say it is an attack on their very existence – part of a grand conspiracy to take away their gun rights, destroy suburbia and turn America into a modern-day Soviet state.At a local level across the country, conservative activists linked to the Tea Party movement have rallied around the cause of blocking development they say is part of the conspiracy.
    +A June poll of 1,300 U.S. voters commissioned by the American Planning Associationfound that when asked whether they supported or opposed U.N. Agenda 21, 85 percent of respondents said they did not know enough to form an opinion. Nine percent supported Agenda 21, 6 percent opposed it.“I think the Tea Party people who turn up to shout at planning meetings are heading for a McCarthy moment,” said Ron Littlefield, the mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, referring to the Communist witch hunts of Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s.
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    “What I want to hear from opponents of sustainable development is where are you going to put 50 million new housing units over the next few decades?” said Mitchell Silver, head of planning for Raleigh, North Carolina, who is also president of the American Planning Association (APA). “So far, I haven’t gotten an answer to that question.”
  • Agenda 21: A Sustained Attack On Property Rights (conservativeread.com)
    Almy argues that the word “collective” used by the Agenda 21 crowd is not some sort of Soviet buzzword. It’s simply people getting together to make decisions about their communities.But despite his attempt to soften the blow of collectivism and make it more palatable and less threatening, Almy told the Texas Tribunein August that the “collective good” should rule over the rights of the individual.“It’s changing the status quo of how we operate as a country that is developing, and so it’s threatening to some people,” Almy said. “Urban design by its nature is about the collective good, and it isn’t necessarily about the freedom of any one person to do whatever the hell they want.”
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    Almy’s remark and the entire philosophy of Agenda 21 represent a frontal assault on the very cornerstone of our republic – property rights and the natural right of free individuals to “do whatever the hell they want” so long as they do not infringe on the rights of other individuals.
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  • Powerful New Video Explores How Agenda 21 Will Affect You (thenewamerican.com)
    A short new documentary about the UN plan, using the global organization’s own documents and other sources, explores the implications of this far-reaching agenda and what it means to you and your family. The film emphasizes the obvious importance of protecting the environment — everybody wants clean air and clean water. However, as the documentary points out, when environmentalism came to a fork in the road, the agenda took one route while the rhetoric took another. For those concerned with freedom, the picture appears grim at first.
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  • Rep. wants U.N. treaty out (record-eagle.com)
    A northern Michigan lawmaker introduced legislation to ban a United Nations initiative that promotes worldwide environmental stewardship. The idea, he contends, presents a “road map to global governance” and threatens property rights in Michigan.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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