Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Private Property Rights, UN Agenda 21, ICLEI - #2865 - Letter to the Editor: Charles Battig: Name Change is Mere Camouflage - Daily Progress

Whether it be Gertrude Stein’s “a rose is a rose” or Shakespeare’s “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” the message conveyed by the words chosen have an emotional impact.  Over the past decade the terms used to describe climate have morphed from global warming, to climate change, to climate disruption and to climate weirdness.  The Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission has needed much less time to change the name of its “Sustainable Communities Regional Planning” grant (funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) to the Livable Communities Planning Project.” One hopes that HUD does not mind that the $999,000 original grant language has a Silly-Putty quality to it. At the kick-off event at the Albemarle County Office Building on April 24, one found a multitude of descriptive charts, but the term “sustainability” was hardly to be found. The TJPDC newsletter, Fall 2010, Issue 4, carried the announcement of this grant: “sustainability” and “sustainable” appear a dozen times in the short paragraph.  Perhaps “livability” carries much less of stigma of the U.N. Agenda 21 and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives than does “sustainability.” In 1992, the United Nations’ Division for Sustainable Development developed the agenda for the 21st century known as Agenda 21. It is a worldwide mandate that calls for all human activities to be benchmarked against “sustainability.” Locally, the 1998 Sustainability Accords formed the stated basis for the TJPDC grant application.  Read more........  Link to Charles Battig's web site, Climate Reality.........

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