I am responding to the person who said that Agenda 21 “is good politics.” Interesting! I am all for sustainability and clean water and recycling! I believe it is the right thing to do for our planet, our self, and our community. As individuals do the right thing, everything gets better. I voluntarily make these life choices and choose to leave the world a better place.
Agenda 21 dictates to you and all the rest of us what you get permission to do! Who put them in charge? I did not! Mandates and dictates are force, coercion and tyranny. This is NOT good politics. What happens, Ms. Jameson and everyone else, when someone dictates that you must leave this valley because they want it to go back to nature and wildlife, untouched by you and me? Will you go?
I find it interesting that people are fine with dictators until they come for them. I am seeing the overall feeling of Agenda 21 as a complicated micro-management of the people as if we cannot rule ourselves well. There will always be those who choose poorly until they learn from their mistakes. We all make mistakes and hopefully learn the lesson. When natural incentives teach us, we learn to do better. When the government sets up rules and regulations of the people, we never learn because we never have to pay the consequences.
Land-use planning and management does not solve the problems we face. Your everyday decisions do! What’s funny is that you seem to think that you need someone else to bully the rest of us into submission to what you value. Force is a win-lose situation. A win-win situation would be more like you actually doing what you value, educating your friends and growing awareness and being a great example! I love to emulate someone who is doing a good thing! That is how I got into recycling.
Do you really want someone who you “think” is promoting your values to determine and dictate how you should live your life? Agenda 21, 10.7. says, “(c) Establish a general framework for land-use and physical planning within which specialized and more detailed sectoral plans (e.g., for protected areas, agriculture, forests, human settlements, rural development) can be developed; establish intersectoral consultative bodies to streamline project planning and implementation.” What if that someone tells your “human settlement” you must vacate to where they determine best for you and the planet (I mean, best for them)?
Agenda 21 promotes data collection on people and land so they can make dictates for you. They also have a plan for enforcement. Do you want someone forcing you do those things you value? Personally, I wish to do those things of my own free will. I understand that some do not choose the good, but that does not make it right to force them. The end does NOT justify the means.