AGENDA 21/ RE-WILDING/ SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT/GLOBAL WARMING

Democrats in the House embrace Agenda 21 back in the early 1990s

legislative luncheon with Tom Deweese and Karen Budd-Falen

Tom Deweese at the Constitutional Sheriff's Convention

Agenda 21 rally Sacramento, CA Sept 19, 2011

Agenda 21 Creeps Into California Land Use Policy (video)

Who decides how to use public lands?

Rosa Koire Behind the Green Mask

Glenn Beck interviews Rosa Koire

GBTV Agenda 21

Ridin' Point Columns 5/6/11 ; 5/13/11; 5/20/11; 7/19/11

UN; Aspects of Sustainable Development in the United States: Institutional; Economic; Social; Nat Res.

Communitarianism Central to the communitarian philosophy is the concept of positive rights, which are rights or guarantees to certain things. (As opposed to the Bill of Rights which is considered a body of negative rights from government interference.) The American legal system is based on "natural law" and the endowment by the Creator of inalienable rights to individuals. It is also based on the English "common law" which emphasizes the rights of the individual even when they conflict with community or government interest. California, Texas and Louisiana are considered civil law states adhering more to a system of codes. This system emphasizes the rights of the state or government over that of the individual.  

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"Government occurs when people with formal, legal authority make plans and take action. In contrast, governance is what happens when citizens and groups (often including government agency officials) work together to plan and act based on their shared goals."

"This book is a guide to improve the process of working across boundaries, which we call “regional collaboration.” It presents a variety of principles, techniques, strategies, and concepts to help people diagnose regional problems, design an appropriate regional forum, develop and implement regional action plans, and evaluate and adapt their regional initiatives."(Working Across Boundaries - Principles of Regional Collaboration Univ. of Montana)

Earth Summit Agenda 21

Taking Liberty- How Private Property is being Abolished in America (video)

     Video by R.J. Smith on the success of systems where wildlife is privately owned (Resourceful Earth)

 

 

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CSPAN video Dr. Michael Coffman Rescuing a Broken America

Global Governance 2025

Global Governance At a Critical Juncture

Tea Party shows featuring Coffman

A Night with Michael Coffman (Youtube parts 1-11 video)

FEB  6    http://teapartymedia.net/20110206/index.htm audio

FEB 13   http://teapartymedia.net/20110213/index.htm audio

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Global Government Lecture by Henry Lamb given to the 20th Annual Meeting of the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness held in Colorado Springs, CO; July 2002.

Whose Land Is It?

Sustainable Development ICLEI

Sustainable Development: Transforming America

 

 

 

Donna Holt Campaign for Liberty - Sustainable Development

 

AGENDA 21/ RE-WILDING/ SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES/GLOBAL WARMING

International ORGANIZATIONS - NGOs etc.

 

International Conferences, Treaties, events

 

 

National Organizations/movements/ eco-philosophies

National events, documents

1969-1974 Pres. Richard Nixon

  • 1969 Congress passes NEPA
  • 1970 First "Earth Day"
  • 1970 EPA created by Executive Order
  • 1970 Congress authorized amendments to the Clean Air Act (passed in 1963) that imposed new regulations, the first of their kind, on industrial and mobile sources of air pollutants
  • 1972 Clean Water Act.
  • 1973 Endangered Species Act (Based on 5 International Treaties) states its purpose is to "develop and maintain conservation programs which meet national and international standards."
  • 1974 The Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 requires “…an analysis of the potential effects of global climate change on the condition of renewable resources on the forests and rangelands of the United States.” 
  • Wilderness Act; RARE I and RARE II; study for potrntial primitive area conversion to wilderness by 1974; 1973 completion of Wilderness study area inventory; RARE II was completed in January of 1979 and identified 2,919 areas containing just over 62 million acres; recommended that 15 million acres be added to the NWPS, 36 million acres be allocated to nonwilderness uses, and about 11 million acres be placed into a further planning category. Challenged by the State of CA in 1983 for not including certain roadless areas

    1977-1981 President Carter

    The Carter administration created a Department of Energy and mandated corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards to make cars more fuel-efficient.

    1981-1989 Pres. Ronald Reagan

  • 1981 Global 2000 Report by US Council on Environmental Quality
  • 1985 Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, Vienna
  • 1986 Water Resources Development Act (cited as an authority for the Army Corps IRWM) Navigation, Harbor and Flood Control Projects
  • 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, Montreal
  • 1987-present USGS Gap Analysis Program How well are we protecting common plants and animals? Gap Analysis is the science of answering this question.  Developing the data and tools to support that science is the mission of the USGS Gap Analysis Program (GAP). GAP works to ensure that common species – those that are not officially endangered – remain common by identifying those species and plant communities that are not adequately represented in existing conservation lands. GAP bases its analysis of species protection on GAP Status Code 1 and 2 lands only. In assigning a stewardship ranking, the gap analysis process emphasizes the managing entity over the owner, and bases the ranking on the expressed long-term intent of the managing entity instead of focusing on short-term processes. The criteria for assigning a ranking include:
    • Permanence of protection from conversion of natural land cover to unnatural land cover such as human-induced barren, arrested succession, or cultivated exotic-dominated landscapes).
    • Amount of the tract protected, with a 5% allowance for intensive human use.
    • Inclusiveness of the protection, i.e., is protection focused on a single feature such as a wetland or particular species or does it encompass all biota and habitat.
    • Type of management program and degree that it is mandated or institutionalized
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    • Gap Analysis FACT sheet
    • National Biological Information Infrastructure
    • REO (Regional Ecosystem Office) GIS (NWFP); Land Use Allocations
  • 1990 National Forest FoundationNational Charter Public Law 101-593-Title IV-Nov. 16, 1990
  • 1990 Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)organized   under OMB Circular A-16

    1989-1993 Pres. George H. W. Bush

  • "Blueprint for The Environment" presented to President Bush; Efforts to save the earth gain momentum. Environmentalists meet Bush; present plan for national action.
  • The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ;
  • During the UNCED, also called the Rio Earth Summit, Bush (video) would sign the Framework Convention on Climate Change and endorse the Rio Declaration and the Forest Principles, and adopt Agenda 21 on behalf of the United States of America. Though Bush refused to sign the Convention on Biological Diversity due to technology transfer language, President Clinton signed it immediately after taking office the next year. 1994 Treaty Implementation Without Treaty ratification ; How the Convention on Biodiversity was defeated;
  • 1991 Scientific Panel on Late Successional Forest Ecosystems - "Gang of Four"; Sustainability of the Northwest Forest Plan –Dynamic vs. Static Management (JW Thomas)
  • 1992 Al Gore writes"Earth in the Balance": "We must make the rescue of the global environment the central organizing principle for civilization.... [this] means using every policy and program, every law and institution, every treaty and alliance, every tactic and strategy, every plan and course of action...to halt the destruction of the environment and to preserve and nurture our ecological system. Minor shifts in policy, marginal adjustments in ongoing programs, moderate improvements in laws and regulations, rhetoric offered in lieu of genuine change -- these are all forms of appeasement, designed to satisfy the public's desire to believe that sacrifice, struggle, and a wrenching transformation of society will not be necessary." pp 269, 274 ;
  • 1992 Nancy Pelosi Pushes Agenda 21 On House Floor; video start at 11:43:30
  • The United States space agency the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reports that the "ozone hole" over Antarctica grew 15 percent in 1992 and is now nearly the size of the entire North American continent.

1993-2001 Pres. Bill Clinton
(The "Third Way")

2001-2009 Pres. George. W. Bush

2009- Pres. Barack Obama

"The American system of policymaking has a clear set of principles governing the relations between various actors in the process. Congress, acting on the preferences of the voters who elected it, makes laws that establish the objectives for programs. Administrative agencies, with congressional grants of authority and appropriations of funds, implement the objectives established by Congress. In pursuing their statutory mandates, agencies are expected to marshal expertise, from both within and outside the agency. The role of the courts is to ensure that agencies do not deviate from their statutory mandates."  (Dodd and Schott 1979).


California NGOs, universities and organizations

 

 

 

Western Climate Initiative
On February 26, 2007, Governors Napolitano of Arizona, Schwarzenegger of California, Richardson of New Mexico, Kulongoski of Oregon, and Gregoire of Washington signed an agreement establishing the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), a joint effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and address climate change. Since that time, the governors of Utah and Montana, as well as the premiers of British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec (not shown above) have joined. An additional 14 jurisdictions participate as observers, including the U.S. states of Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, and Wyoming; the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan; and the Mexican border states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, and Tamaulipas. In the Initiative's Memorandum of Understanding, WCI members agreed to jointly set a regional emissions target and establish a market-based system—such as a cap-and-trade program covering multiple economic sectors—to aid in meeting this target. In August 2007, the Western Climate Initiative announced its regional, economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions target of 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, or approximately 33 percent below business-as-usual levels. The regional target is designed to be consistent with existing targets set by individual member states and does not replace these goals. Covered emissions include the six primary greenhouse gases identified by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride. In September 2008, the WCI released Design Recommendations for a cap-and-trade program; beginning in 2012, the program will cover emissions from electricity and large industrial and commercial sources, and it will cover emissions from transportation and other residential, commercial, and industrial fuel use beginning in 2015. In July 2010, the WCI Partners released the Design for the WCI Regional Program, a comprehensive strategy designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, stimulate development of clean-energy technologies, create green jobs, increase energy security, and protect public health. It is a plan to reduce regional GHG emissions to 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, and is the culmination of two years of work by seven U.S. states and four Canadian provinces. It builds on the recommendations for a regional cap-and-trade program that the Partners released in September 2008. The WCI builds on work already undertaken individually by the participating states and provinces, as well as two earlier regional agreements: the Southwest Climate Change Initiative of 2006, which includes Arizona and New Mexico, and the West Coast Governors' Global Warming Initiative of 2003, which includes California, Oregon, and Washington.
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LOCAL

  • Legacy, The Landscape ConnectionVision Map
  • The Siskiyou Project (Siskiyou Wild Rivers)
  • Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands - "Siskiyou Crest" Monument Proposal - America’s First Climate Refuge
  • College of the Siskiyous Sustainable Communities Program
  • Transition US (An international re-localization and community sustainability movement called “Transition Network” - Transitioning from Oil Dependence to Local Resilience)
  • Transition 101
  • Shasta Commons (transition town)
  • Mt. Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center Regional Conservation Plan
  • Klamath Corridors -http://www.brunswickme.org/planning/ruralsmartgrowth/rbsg.Final.Report.revised.1.08.04.pdf (very slow download)  "Noss (1987), however, argues in favor of corridors by noting that natural systems are far more connected than those heavily shaped by humans. It is with this argument and the abundance of information regarding the perceived benefits of corridors that corridor projects have been proposed around the world. Examples of existing regional wildlife corridor projects in North America include the Klamath Corridors in the Klamath National Forest (Pace 1991), the Rio Grande Wildlife Corridor along approximately 450 miles of that river (Harris and Scheck 1991), and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Barker 1997).
    "The Klamath Corridors Project was developed by the Klamath Forest Alliance, a coalition of grassroot environmental and community organizations located in and around the Klamath Forest on the California/Oregon border. The project is based on the premise that the most effective way to discourage effects of forest fragmentation is to retain or re-establish natural connectivity. The project makes maximum use of existing reserved (public or otherwise protected) land, since these areas tend to be the largest blocks of unfragmented habitat in a region, and uses corridors that consist of entire drainages and ridgelines. "
  • 1992 the World Conservation Union declared the Klamath-Siskiyou to be an Area of Global Botanical Significance,
  • 1992-1995 Freedom.org Klamath/Siskiyou Region - The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) has declared this area to be of Global Botanical Significance, one of seven such areas in North America and 200 worldwide. An effort is being made to designate the area as a UN Biosphere Reserve, according to The Wildlands Project. The NGO coordinating the work is the Klamath Forest Alliance; Reed Noss, author of The Wildlands Project, was selected to direct the work. The project seeks not only to develop a successful bioregional plan for Klamath/Siskiyou, but also to develop methods for planning and implementation that are transferrable to other regions. The area covers approximately four million hectares, about one-third in Oregon and the balance in California. The project is funded by the W. Alton Jones Foundation, the Foundation for Deep Ecology, The Wildlands Project, the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • 1995, work began on an ambitious Klamath-Siskiyou Biodiversity Conservation Plan, sponsored by the Siskiyou Regional Education Project of Cave Junction, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund.
  • 1997 The First Conference on Siskiyou Ecology introduction to the Proceedings of the First Conference on Siskiyou Ecology by Art Kruckeberg and Frank Lang; Research in the Siskiyou and Klamath Mountain Regions;  petition sent from the conference to President Clinton, calling upon him to preserve "for posterity the principal values of biodiversity, ecological stability, and aesthetic enrichment which the Klamath-Siskiyou Province represents."
  • 1999 Noss and Strittholt A Science-based Conservation Assessment for the Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion; Full reportThe Sikiyou Regional Education Project paid for by W Alton Jones Foundation. 
  • 2001 (WorldWildlife Federation, Noss) Klamath-Siskiyou Forests Recommendations
  • 2001 Roadless proposal Map of the Klamath National Forest; Six Rivers; Shasta Trinity ; Modoc; Rogue River
  • 2002 Importance of Roadless Areas in Biodiversity Conservation in Forested Ecosystems: Case Study of the Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion of the United States, James R. Strittholt, Dominick A. Dellasala Also, small roadless areas were an important component of the roadless-areas conservation assessment. For the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion, roadless areas and designated wilderness provide an important foundation upon which to develop a comprehensive regional conservation strategy.
  • 2003 A Conservation Visions for the Klamath Basin ; The Klamath Basin Coalition ; Protected Areas Map
  • 2003 Klamath - Siskiyou Private Lands Conservation Assessment (CBI)  identified "19 private land focus areas within the Klamath-Siskiyou that contain high conservation value based on an unweighted analysis of the various conservation data sets. Second, we offer the private lands GIS database with full instructions on how to query specific conservation data sets and how to produce alternative models for the region." (WWF)
  • 2004 The Nature Conservancy Klamath Mountains Ecoregional Assessment
  • 2004 CA Wilderness Coalition Developing a Habitat Linkage Network for the North Coastal Basin and Klamath-Siskiyou Regions of Northwestern California
  • 2005 California's Most Threatened Wild Places (WWF)
  • 2005 Klamath River Basin Conservation Area Restoration Program; Annual Report
  • 2006 Applying nature's design: corridors as a strategy for biodiversity conservation  (Siskiyou National Monument - a wildlife highway for the Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion)
  • "Landscapes and Fire & Klamath-Siskiyou Nat'l Monument"(Video) Landscapes and Fire & Klamath-Siskiyou Nat'l Monument (ban on grazing) National Center for Conservation Biology and Policy
  • Pacific Forest Trust BLM Land Acquisition Adds 900 Acres to Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument to Biodiversity (Pacific Forest Trust)
  • Pacific Forest Trust - They have purchased 5,000 acres thusfar from "willing sellers" within the boundaries and have already transferred more than half of these to federal ownership in the National Monument.
  • 2007 California Wildlife Action Plan;    Chapter on the Klamath
  • National Park Service Klamath Network Inventory and Monitoring 
  • Index of Ecological Integrity IEI
  • Phase III Vital Signs Plan
  • 2009 the Strategic Habitat Conservation Executive Oversight Committee (EOC); Recommendation of a National Geographic Framework - The intent of this exercise is to provide guidance relative to building capacity and geographically focusing efforts to implement landscapescale conservation (Strategic Habitat Conservation) throughout the country; Recommend a scaleable geographic framework that appropriately aggregates Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs) for landscape-scale biological planning and conservation design for both terrestrial and aquatic species. The Columbia River Basin, the Chesapeake Bay, the Klamath Basin, Everglades, will continue to be handled from a policy perspective, regardless of the geographic framework produced by this team. In other words, existing nationally significant partnerships and collaborative efforts will continue to operate regardless of where LCR boundaries occur.
  • 2010 The SECURE ACT Basin Report Klamath River
  • Klamath Basin - National Center for Conservation Science & Policy The Climate Leadership Initiative March 2010 Concludes: The presence of a Basinwide governance structure (such as an advisory council) could facilitate costeffective climate change preparation planning. Cross-Basin governance is critical, especially for water, forest, and other resources that cut across multiple political boundaries.
  • Of 150,000 acres above Upper Klamath Lake, the government and The Nature Conservancy have taken nearly 100,000 acres of private farms and ranches, and converted them into wetlands. One ranch at a time
  • 2011 Scty. Salazar announces announced that the Bureau of Reclamation is providing WaterSMART funding for studies in the Klamath River basin. The basin studies will incorporate the latest science, including engineering technology, climate models and innovation. The projects will be cost-shared with the non-federal partners and will include basin-specific plans that recommend collaborative solutions to help meet water demands and foster sustainable development. Cooperative Watershed Management Program Phase I ; Basin Study Framework Through the Basin Study Program, Reclamation will partner with basin stakeholders to conduct comprehensive studies to define options for meeting future water demands in river basins in the West where imbalances in supply and demand exist or are projected. Reclamation will collaborate with willing states and local entities on a 50/50 cost-share basis to conduct the studies. Basin Studies will identify basin-wide water supply issues that could potentially be resolved with changes to the operation of water supply systems, modifications to existing facilities, development of new facilities, or non-structural changes. The studies will incorporate the latest science, engineering technology, climate models and innovation. The desired outcomes are basin-specific plans recommending collaboratively developed solutions that will help meet water demands and foster sustainable development, and leading to congressionally authorized feasibility studies. Analysis will include impacts of climate change and  how existing water and power infrastructure and operations will perform in the face of changing water realities, such as population growth and climate change, including an analysis of the extent to which changes in the water supply will impact Reclamation operations and facilities as defined in §9503(b)(3) of the SWA: a) the ability of Reclamation to deliver water; b) hydroelectric power generation facilities; c) recreation at Reclamation facilities;  d) fish and wildlife habitat; e) applicable species listed as an endangered, threatened, or candidate species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.); f) water quality issues (including salinity levels); g) flow and water dependent ecological resiliency; and h) flood control management. 3) Development of options to improve operations and infrastructure to supply adequate water in the future. 4) A trade-off analysis of the options identified, findings and recommendations as appropriate. Such analysis simply examines all proposed alternatives in terms of their relative cost, environmental impact, risk, stakeholder response, or other attributes common to the alternatives. The analysis can be either quantitative or qualitative in measurement.

    Projections of water demands may include demands for agricultural, municipal, environmental, and recreational water uses, or other uses. Projections of water supply and demand will consider all potential water sources, including both groundwater and surface water.

  • Funding of the demise of the Klamath Basin

 

 

Sustainable Agriculture

The California Continued Resource Investment Strategy Program CCRISP (California Legacy program) The California Legacy Project

Pacific Forest Trust

 


GENERAL

 

new.gif (26402 bytes) Agenda 21 Treaty on the Horizon; The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Environmental Law (ICEL) have released their fourth Draft of the International Covenant on Environment and Development. (entire document here) This document was designed from the beginning to convert the “soft-law” non-binding Agenda 21 into firmly binding global law — enforceable through the International Criminal Court and/or the dispute resolution features of the Convention on the Law of the Sea; DICED is UN’s Environmental Constitution for the World; Proposed UN Environmental Constitution For The World Would Establish An Incredibly Repressive System Of Global GovernanceAlabama Adopts First Official State Ban on UN Agenda 21; The people of Alabama acting through their elected representatives — not UN bureaucrats — have the authority to develop the state’s environmental and development policies, the official synopsis of the law explains. Therefore, infringements on the property rights of citizens linked to “any other international law or ancillary plan of action that contravenes the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of the State of Alabama” are also prohibited under the new measure. Tennessee Senate Joins House in condemming UN Agenda 21; United Nations Agenda 21 bill passes Legislature; Agenda 21: Is The U.S. On The Verge Of "Takeover"?; Agenda 21 Becomes a Major Issue [See webpage] ; CSPAN Archives President Bush 1 addressed reporters following his participation in the Earth Summit work session. He outlined his views on the U.S. role at the Summit, economic and environmental policy, and took questions from reporters.; United States Congressional Record January 19, 1976, page 240, Representative Marjorie S. Holt (Maryland):“Mr. Speaker, many of us recently received a letter from the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, inviting members of Congress to participate in a ceremonial signing of “A Declaration of Interdependence” on January 30 in Congress Hall, adjacent to Independence Hall in Philadelphia...A number of Members of Congress have been invited to sign this document, lending their prestige to its theme, but I want the record to show my strong opposition to this declaration....It calls for the surrender of our national sovereignty to international organizations. It declares that our economy should be regulated by international authorities. It proposes that we enter a “New World Order” that would redistribute the wealth created by the American people....For example, it states that ‘The economy of all nations is a seamless web, and that no one nation can any longer effectively maintain its processes of production and monetary systems without recognizing the necessity for collaborative regulation by international authorities.’ How do you like the idea of “international authorities” controlling our production and our monetary system, Mr. Speaker?"

new.gif (26402 bytes)First Global Effort to Fight Environmental Crime Takes Shape To advance compliance and enforcement regimes, Nagai is looking towards the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability to be held in Rio de Janeiro this June ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20. Outcome document; "With UNEPs leadership, an international institutional network should be established, with the engagement of the World Congress partners and other relevant organizations, and under the guidance of selected Chief Justices, Heads of Jurisdiction, Attorneys General, Chief Prosecutors, Auditors General, eminent legal scholars and other eminent members of the law and enforcement community"; (DELC)

new.gif (26402 bytes)2012 Rio 20+ official site June 20-22:  Leaked document reveals Rio+20 sustainable development goals Nations will be asked to sign up for 10 goals and promise to build green economies at this summer's earth summit draft document; "We reaffirm the need to strengthen international environmental governance within the context of the institutional framework for sustainable development, in order to promote a balanced integration of the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainable development,"; The Future We Want Youtube; Minutes of closed-door retreat on Rio + 20 ambitions; Zero Draft and Sustainable Development Goals; Issues - briefing papers; Regional, national and local level governance for sustainable development; Q&A: North-South Divide Looms Heavily Over Rio+20 Summit;Green Groups Urge Obama to Attend Rio+20; Will Rio+20 Spark a Green Revolution?; U.N. Chief Disappointed Over Deadlocked Rio+20 Negotiations; Mass Extinctions in the Cards Absent Urgent Action; COP 10 Decision X/2 - Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020; Aichi Biodiversity Targets; Implementation of Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; Key Elements of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020, including Aichi Biodiversity Targets; SCP Governance, Sustainable Consumption and Production Governance: A Guide towards Rio+20; Governance Papers ; A Pocket Guide to Sustainable Development Governance; Consumption driving 'unprecedented' environment damage: UN; We are living way beyond our means.; Ban Ki-moon calls for Rio+20 to replace GDP with sustainable development index; It's Happening, but Not in Rio -We are using 50 percent more resources than the Earth can provide; if we all lived like Americans or Europeans, we would need three planets to support us. Rio conferees mull $1,325 'green tax' on U.S. families; John Kerry and His First Cousin: Both Pushing Hard for the U.N. Climate Change Agenda; Godfather of Global Green Thinking Steps Out of Shadows at Rio+20; Rio+20: Greens Concede Defeat As Developing Nations Reject Green Agenda; Report: UN classifies climate change agenda; Rio+20’s expensive wish list over a decade, U.S. citizens would be required to contribute well over $1 trillion to U.N. sustainability schemes. Statement 61 helpfully pronounces that “urgent action on unsustainable patterns of production and consumption … remains fundamental in addressing environmental sustainability”; Warnings Resound as World Leaders Gather at Rio+20; Rio+20 Negotiators Report 'Progress,' NGOs Call It 'Weak' ; RIO+20 Earth Summit: Disappointments with lack of progress, dismay with final document ; Rio+20 The Landscape Approach The use of remote sensing, resource monitoring, and spatial analysis are part of landscape science and provide the tools to communities to assess the impact of their actions on a rural landscape. ;
Big Green Exposed: Journalist Blows Whistle on Deception, Destruction; The Real Agenda Behind UN “Sustainability” Unmasked ; UN Sustainability Summit Exposed: Big Business, Dictators, and NGOs ; Despite Setbacks, UN “Sustainability” Agenda Marches on After Rio+20

 

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George Mannina's testimony Before the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs Oversight Hearing on "Empty Hooks: The National Ocean Policy is the Latest Threat to Access for Recreational and Commercial Fishermen" March 22, 2012 testimony on Executive orders violating the separation of powers set forth in the U.S. Constitution. watch hearing webcast 27:13-32:25, 40:50-44:11, (Rep. Duncan 1:01:19-1:05:47); 1:07:30-1:11:07; 1:29:46-1:34:30; 1:34:40-1:36:36;

2011 Presidential Executive Order 13547 to unilaterally implement a new National Ocean Policy (Lacks Congressional Authorization); Unilateral Action by the Obama Administration; Imposes Ocean/Coastal   Zoning; Creates federally-dominated Regional Planning Bodies with no representation from the people being regulated.) Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force: Interim Report

Loving v. United States (94-1966), 517 U.S. 748 (1996)

 

Sub-committee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands United States House of Representatives   - Armstrong comments or here for recent oversight field hearing on "Explosion of Federal Regulations Threatening Jobs and Economic Survival in the West" held in Elko, NV  (Additional Information on Social Conditions not included in comment) ; Siskiyou County Comments; Forest Service defends road closures at hearingWitnesses Call for Increased Public Participation, Transparency in Federal Land Management Decision-Making Process; National Parks, Forests & Public Lands Subcommittee to Hold Field Hearing in Elko, NV -The National Forest System was created to ensure that future generations would have working forests that would serve multiple objectives.  Unfortunately, over time, the role of the U.S. Forest Service has shifted away from upholding this original intent.  In recent years we have seen efforts to limit accessibility and multiple-use in forests and on other federal lands, as evidenced by an onslaught of rules, regulations and administrative overreach.  The field hearing in Nevada will provide an opportunity to examine this issue more closely and see what impact it is having on local communities and industries.  It will also provide local stakeholders with an opportunity to share their insights on these regulations and propose how they might be modified to better serve the needs of communities like Elko and others throughout the country,” said Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01). Hearing page


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    Environmental Resources on the Internet; Eco-Net; Environmental Web Directory; Ecotopia Links; California Groups;  A Digest of the A&T (Alternative and Transformational) movement(s) A Chronicle of the Gaian Cultural Transition [ individuals who "believe that the whole earth is in a period of transition for the homocentric Industrial Culture based on self-interest, survival of the fittest, and materialism to an ecocentric Gaiain Culture based on belonging, cooperation, community and mutual respect."]

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