Not long ago, in the Health & Science section, Newsday reported the latest sustainable development folderol* straight from a London workshop held at Oxford University.
The report, currently being blasted around the world, claims the oceans are dying (I’m sure they eventually will). The report stems from a workshop (that would be a measly workshop) at a London conference (just to put things in perspective). The hyperbolic language alone should tag their entire
diatribe report as “nuts.” Why don’t we start preparing for the sun burning out since it only has about 5 billion years to go. And what about the earth’s rotation slowing down – maybe windmills should be eliminated because they will slow the earth’s rotation.
The earthy rant in this report came from far left international scientists who said, “Oceans in urgent danger.“ They further warned, ” … that the world’s oceans are degenerating far faster than predicted and marine life is facing extinction due to human impacts.” (Where do they want us humans to go anyway?)
The report rages about the cumulative impact of “severe individual stresses.” Stresses include global warming, overfishing, acid water, and so on.”Coral reefs could disappear,” they say, “could” being the operative word. “Something must be done immediately,” they scream. “Urgent” measures must be taken (editor’s note – and here is the bottom line) such as cutting carbon emissions, reducing overfishing, shutting unsustainable fisheries, creating protected areas in the seas and cutting pollutions.
No doubt, we can do plenty of things better, but do people really think that one crazy report from one workshop merits the instilling of terror in our international hearts?
It is important to note here, as an aside, that the United States is not culpable in the overfishing debacle. Almost every other country in the world is however. In the Mediterranean, for example, they are wiping out Blue Fin Tuna. No doubt in my mind that the only ones who will be cutting the emissions and limiting freedoms will be the United States because that is how it has gone so far in the name of setting a good example to the very people who seek our demise.
More from the report – “The findings are shocking,” said Alex Rogers, scientific director of the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (editor’s note – looney name, isn’t it?), which convened the panel with the International Union for Conservation of Nature. “The World’s leading experts on oceans are surprised by the rate and magnitude of changes we are seeing,” said Dan Laffoley, the co-author of the report.
This report is typical of Agenda 21/sustainable development histrionics.
That takes me to rural lands in the USA – In our country, we see this extreme reaction taking shape via government agencies and Executive Orders. President Obama just signed Executive Order 13575 to circumvent Congress and to push the UN’s Agenda 21. This Order sets the stage for government control over almost all aspects of 16 % of American’s lives.
Here is one para that supports my claim and should give one pause – Section 1. Policy. Sixteen percent of the American population lives in rural counties. Strong, sustainable rural communities are essential to winning the future and ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead. These communities supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard our natural resources, and are essential in the development of science and innovation. Though rural communities face numerous challenges, they also present enormous economic potential. The Federal Government has an important role to play in order to expand access to the capital necessary for economic growth, promote innovation, improve access to health care and education, and expand outdoor recreational activities on public lands.
It further states – The mission and function of the White House Rural Council, according to the Executive Order, is as follows: “The Council shall work across executive departments, agencies, and offices to coordinate development of policy recommendations to promote economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America, and shall coordinate my Administration’s engagement with rural communities.” Read here: Executive Order 13575
The government wants control of our rural communities and that can’t be a good thing for freedom loving Americans.
*Sustainable development is an offshoot of the UN Agenda 21 mantra. I have a link to a previous article here which provides information about the UN Agenda 21 and sustainable development – The UN Moving In On The Earth