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Sustainability, Agenda 21 and ICLEI - McMahan

Sustainability, Agenda 21 and ICLEI - McMahan

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"Sustainability, Agenda 21 and International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives or ICLEI, now known as Local Governments for Sustainability, are in many respects about the same thing. The programs are each a vision of
what environmentalists and progressives have decided our future will be. There are a massive number of organizations, in conjunction with ICLEI that are committed to sustainability; the amount of funding for these programs us
huge, most of the funds are tax dollars, for these programs is huge. They infringe on our property rights, curtail our personal freedoms, inhibit our liberties and operate with little regard for the free market."
"Sustainability, Agenda 21 and International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives or ICLEI, now known as Local Governments for Sustainability, are in many respects about the same thing. The programs are each a vision of
what environmentalists and progressives have decided our future will be. There are a massive number of organizations, in conjunction with ICLEI that are committed to sustainability; the amount of funding for these programs us
huge, most of the funds are tax dollars, for these programs is huge. They infringe on our property rights, curtail our personal freedoms, inhibit our liberties and operate with little regard for the free market."

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Tamyla McMahanPage11/2/20111
Sustainability, Agenda 21 and ICLEIThank you for taking your time to be here.
Introduction
Sustainability, Agenda 21 andInternational Council for Local Environmental Initiatives or ICLEI, now known asLocal Governments for Sustainability, arein many respectsabout the same thing. The programs are each a vision of whatenvironmentalists and progressiveshavedecided our future will be.There are a massive number of organizations, inconjunction with ICLEI that are committed tosustainability; the amount of fundingfor these programs ushuge, most of the funds are tax dollars,for these programsis huge.They infringe on our property rights, curtail ou personal freedoms, inhibit our liberties and operate withlittle regard for the free market.Sustainabilityis a word which is meantto make us feelwarm and fuzzy, after all we all want to be good custodiansof the our world, and we all want to leave a better place for future generations.The most popular definition o
sustainability is “
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." 
It isn’t
 politically correct to be against plans for asustainably future. However, once I evaluated these plans,
 
Tamyla McMahanPage21/2/20112
it was obvious this was not the future I wanted for myself or for future generations.There are things we all need to know and recognize aboutthe issues behind sustainability, Agenda 21 and ICLEI.There are many issues behind these twoprograms, muchtoo involved for the time we have here tonight. I have prepared a handout with links so you can do your ownresearch. If you have any questions, I have also includedmy email and would be happy to talk with you at greater length if there is any additionalinformationI can provide.Tonight our discussion will be theevolution of Agenda 21and ICLEIand the vision they have for our future. We willdiscuss theimpacts onthe City of Longmont, Boulder Countyand how they have become interwoven in our Stateand Federal Government. We will discuss actions to stopthis erosion of our property rights, our freedoms and our liberties.
History
The UN was founded in 1945 with a lofty goal of 
“developing friendlyrelations among nations”
. Along theway they began to be a forumforthe implementation fosustainable development. The problem really took root in1992, when172countries gathered for the Earth Summit inRio, which left us with the Framework Convention onClimate Change, and the Convention on BiologicalDiversity, both of which adopted Agenda 21, which isasustainable plan for the 21
st
century.
 
Tamyla McMahanPage31/2/20113
It is worth noting that prior to 1992, that the UN definedsociety as one group, but after that it was broken into ninedifferent groups,
which consist of local authorities, trade
unions, business and industry, NGO’s, farmers,
academia,indige
nous peoples, youth, and women.”
The drafters of Agenda 21 recognizedtheimportanceof localgovernmentsand their impact on social andenvironmentalinfrastructuresand their unique ability toeducate their citizens and promote sustainabledevelopment.To this end, ICLEI was established in 1990to monitorthe progress of the Earth Summit and to help build international policy at the local levels.ICLEI has been in the United Statessince 1995, you can lookon their website to determinehow active they are across thecountry, but at the current time they say they have over 1200municipalitiesas members. This is a number thatchanges frequently and not all areas that are impacted byICLEI are on thelist, for example, according to Longmontwe are not members, however, Boulder County is.
ICLEI and Agenda 21 and how they view sustainability
Well, that should be enough background for now, so let
stalk aboutthe substance of what theseorganizations meanto all of us. The idea of sustainability is a goodone;thereality is one that should cause us to all to pay attention towhat is transpiringin our communities.

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