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Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature.
The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development – 27 Principles
Vid (5:52) Please watch.
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES
ICLEI….Coming to Your Neighborhood; Might be There NOW. UN and Agenda 21. Control of YOUR City?
Yep....Omaha and Lincoln are both under control as both are ICELI members.
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (name change)
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is the world's leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. ICLEI is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities and urban regions, 450 large cities as well as 450 small and medium-sized cities and towns in 84 countries.
ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy. The ultimate aim is to achieve healthy and happy communities. We have developed stable, long-term programs to support local-level sustainability and continue to develop innovative new programs to respond to issues of international concern.
Founded in 1990
ICLEI was founded in 1990 as the 'International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives'. The Council was established when more than 200 local governments from 43 countries convened at our inaugural conference, the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, at the United Nations in New York.
About the name
The organization's name is 'ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability'. In 2003, ICLEI's Members voted to revise the organization's mission, charter and name to better reflect the current challenges local governments are facing. The 'International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives' became 'ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability' with a broader mandate to address sustainability issues.
National League of Cities
Learn more at the Sustainable Cities Institute
The Sustainable Cities Institute is NLC’s centerpiece initiative to catalyze, inform, celebrate and support local governments as critical leaders in advancing and strengthening comprehensive approaches to sustainability.
Designed as a dynamic toolbox SCI features a robust collection of city profiles, case studies, model policies, a collection of the latest events, and more.
Sign up to receive the SCI monthly newsletter and follow us on twitter @SustCitiesInst and @NLCgreencities.
My community is a member.
National Association of Counties (NACo)
Green Government Initiative
NACo’s Green Government Initiative provides comprehensive resources for local governments on all things green—including energy, air quality, transportation, water quality, land use, purchasing and recycling. GGI serves as a catalyst between local governments and the private sector to facilitate green government best practices, products and policies that result in financial and environmental savings. Through the initiative, NACo:
•Develops strategies to save counties money while going green
•Educates counties on techniques for implementing green strategies
•Provides tools for counties to educate their communities on all things green
•Promotes environmentally-preferable purchasing
•Facilitates an open exchange with the private sector
Visit the Green Government Initiative's YouTube page to see videos
from America's counties going green!
One of 40+vids…..oh, and my county is a member.
WBCSD – Business Solutions for a Sustainable World
The WBCSD is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment.
Together with its members, the council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action.
The WBCSD was founded on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to ensure the business voice was heard at the forum. It was created by Swiss entrepreneur and philanthropist Stephan Schmidheiny whobelieved that business had an inescapable role to play in sustainable development: at the same time as making significant contributions to the creation of a sustainable society, it is in the interest of business, and its bottom line, to do so.
Members are made up of some of the globe's leading corporations spanning a wide range of sectors and geographies.
Membership is open to companies committed to sustainable development and to promoting the role of eco-efficiency, innovation and corporate social responsibility.
The WBCSD's Regional Network is an alliance of nearly 60 CEO-led business organizations united by a shared commitment to providing business leadership for sustainable development in their respective countries or regions.
Close cooperation between all stakeholders in society is essential to creating a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. The WBCSD’s work with experts from across international organizations, academic institutions and business organizations forms a key element to its approach.
Vision 2050 - Overview
The WBCSD’s cornerstone Vision 2050 report calls for a new agenda for business laying out a pathway to a world in which nine billion people can live well, and within the planet’s resources, by mid-century. The report is a consensus piece that was compiled by 29 leading global companies from 14 industries and is the result of an 18 month long combined effort between CEOs and experts, and dialogues with more than 200 companies and external stakeholders in some 20 countries.
The report features a set of agreed must haves. They represent vital developments that the report’s stakeholders hope organizations will consider putting in place within the next decade, to help ensure a steady course towards global sustainability is set. Ultimately, they are intended to provide a springboard for dialogue and debate.
Must haves include:
• Incorporating the costs of externalities, starting with carbon, ecosystem services and water, into the structure of the marketplace;
• Doubling agricultural output without increasing the amount of land or water used;
• Halting deforestation and increasing yields from planted forests;
• Halving carbon emissions worldwide (based on 2005 levels) by 2050 through a shift to low-carbon energy systems;
• Improved demand-side energy efficiency, and providing universal access to low-carbon mobility.
Vision 2050, with its best-case scenario for sustainability and pathways for reaching it, is a tool for thought leadership and a platform for beginning the dialogue that must take place to navigate the challenging years to come.
International City/County Management Association
International City/County Management Association
777 North Capitol Street NE, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20002-4201
Under “Priorities”, you’ll find “Sustainable Communities”
National Brownfields Conference
SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership
Local Government Environmental Assistance Network
ICMA 311/CRM Technical Assistance Services
Advancing Social Equity Goals to Achieve Sustainability
Small Towns, Rural Communities and Sustainability
Local Food Systems
Energy Star and Local Governments
CharMeck Community Sustainability Plan Feasibility Study
Sustainable Communities Fellowship Program
Current Federal Partners
With funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ICMA has developed a series of programs that offer local governments assistance in dealing with issues related to environmental management, finance, and public policy. Through conferences, workshops, peer exchanges, and publications, ICMA provides assistance in a number of environmental program areas, including brownfields and superfund redevelopment, local government compliance information, smart growth, and environmental management systems.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC's mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. Currently, ICMA is working with CDC on a project to develop performance metrics for local governments in the area of obesity reduction and in community engagement activities that will lead to citizen-designed approaches to disaster response during a pandemic flu outbreak.
Department of Homeland Security. The mission of DHS is to lead a unified national effort to secure the country and preserve our freedoms. Its charter also includes preparation for and response to all hazards and disasters. ICMA and the National League of Cities currently work with DHS to train local government leaders and decision makers to better prepare, respond to, and recover from disasters.
DID YOU KNOW THIS?
Networks Ignore $14-Trillion Global ‘Greening’ Plan
It’s easy to miss $14 trillion dollars if nobody reports on it. The World Economic Forum called for $14 trillion in environmental initiatives, yet none of the three major networks even mentioned it in their evening news segments from January 22, or their morning news segments from January 23. They even failed to mention that there was a conference at all.
The proposed spending would add up to about $700 billion a year until 2030, the British news outlet The Independent reported on January 22. Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who leads the Green Growth Alliance, argued that investing this type of money would be offset by reducing the damage caused by climate change.
The Davos conference is always a major global event. According to USA Today “Some 2,655 business leaders, politicians, academics, billionaires, artists and would-be world-changers are attending the gathering … this year. More than 800 of them are from the U.S.” Yet, ABC, CBS and NBC failed to mention the conference at all.
The Forum is a meeting of some of the top financial minds from around the globe discussing current economic issues, and trying to arrive at solutions. First organized in 1971, the Forum is held each January.
According to at least one network, the deal was a “compromise,” but to many it just looked like the president got his way. Even CBS said Obama “won out.” The bill will increase income and capital gains taxes on individuals making more than $400,000 and families making more than $450,000, payroll taxes on everyone, and the bill did not include any cuts to spending.
EPA Email Scandal Is Worse than Originally Thought
We’re not talking about some alias to be used for personal correspondence but a totally false identity in whose name official business was allegedly conducted created specifically to avoid federal record-keeping and disclosure requirements. And none of this would ever have been uncovered were it not for the courage of a still anonymous whistleblower and the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Christopher Horner, an attorney with the legal smarts and experience needed to unravel it all.
Earlier this week, thanks to Horner’s good work, the EPA was supposed to produce the first installment of some 12,000 secret, previously undisclosed emails. Not because it wanted to but because a federal court order required it to.
GLOBAL WARMING/CLIMATE CHANGE
Book review: The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism
Rush Limbaugh speaks frequently about the new breed of "low-information" voter in America handing President Obama a second term in the White House. No doubt a disturbing amount of these voters were unaware that Obama's inauguration on January 21st was a ceremonial re-enactment of the constitutionally required one the day before, and certainly they accepted unquestioningly the line in his ceremonial speech in which he said, "We will respond to the threat of climate change... Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms."
But that particular sentence only stays afloat when no one looks any deeper into it. The most damaging thing that can happen to a politicized thesis such as "climate change" is for more people to actually question it and discover for themselves that it looks like indefensible misinformation. For President Obama and others promoting the idea of man-caused global warming, any kind of plausible opposition to this issue imperils it, so they avoid exploration of critical viewpoints and instead label them as "deniers". Case closed.
That is the hallmark of far-left agendas. The global warming issue showcases how spectacularly this tactic fails.
Funny....can’t find “climatism’ in the dictionary. Also can’t find: Sustainability, Livability or Walkability. All made-up words.
Leaked UN Report Shows 20 Years Of Overestimated Global Warming
A draft of a United Nations climate report was leaked and shows that the global warming alarmists have been overestimating warming for two decades. What a shock.
A preliminary draft of a report by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was leaked to the public this month, and climate skeptics say it contains fresh evidence of 20 years of overstated global warming.
The report — which is not scheduled for publication until 2014 — was leaked by someone involved in the IPCC’s review process, and is available for download online. Bloggers combing through the report discovered a chart comparing the four temperature models the group has published since 1990. Each has overstated the rise in temperature that Earth actually experienced.
“Temperatures have not risen nearly as much as almost all of the climate models predicted,” Roy Spencer, a climatologist at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, told FoxNews.com.
“Their predictions have largely failed, four times in a row… what that means is that it’s time for them to re-evaluate,” Spencer said.
The IPCC graph shows that the midpoints of the various models predicted that the world would warm by between about 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit and 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit between 1990 and 2012. Actual warming was much less than that: 0.28 F, according the data the IPCC cites.
Of course, the warmers are defending their work and pushing their Marxist agenda, because as William Teach pointed out, it’s not really about climate control it’s about people control.
TIME TO ‘SCHOOL’ ‘EM
Public Officials Must Learn About Agenda 21
California Representative Wally Herger offered an article on Agenda 21 which, unfortunately, reflects a lack of knowledge about Agenda 21 – shared by far too many elected officials. In the first instance, he said that Agenda 21 is a document developed at a U.N. Conference in 1993.
Agenda 21 was developed over a period of time, traceable from the 1972 U.N. Conference on the Environment, which identified “environmental protection” as the world’s greatest problem, and gave the world the U.N. Environmental Programme, followed almost immediately by Nixon’s Executive Order that created the EPA.
Herger goes on to say:
“While this document was agreed to by the United Nations, the United States is a party to the agreement only by our membership in the U.N. For the agreement to become legally binding, it would require submission to the U.S. Senate for ratification by the President. This has not occurred. Again, ‘Agenda 21’ is not legally binding on the United States.”
Actually, the document was adopted by 179 nations, including the signature of George H.W. Bush. A nation’s signature on a U.N. document obligates the nation to do nothing in opposition to the goals of the document, and to promote implementation of the document’s recommendations. Agenda 21 is not a treaty subject to Senate ratification. It was never intended to be a treaty. (Bill Clinton signed the Kyoto Protocol. Because his signature obligated the U.S., George W. Bush took the unusual action to have the U.S. signature removed from the document.) At the same conference, however, two treaties were adopted by the U.N.: The framework Convention on Climate Change, signed by Bush and ratified by the Senate; and the Convention on Biological Diversity, not signed by Bush, signed by Clinton, but not ratified by the Senate.
Nothing in Agenda 21 is legally binding on any government until a government – at any level – adopts an Agenda 21 recommendation as a law or ordinance, or as an Executive Order such as EO 12852 issued by President Bill Clinton in 1993 in response to Agenda 21 recommendation 8.7:
Herger says further: “There are innumerable reasons to be concerned about the United Nations, but I don’t believe the toothless “Agenda 21″ is one of them.”
Sadly, Herger’s lack of knowledge about Agenda 21 is shared by most elected officials. The recommendations in Agenda 21 are presented as Smart Growth, Sustainable Communities, Greenways, and a host of similar buzz words. Agenda 21 is toothless until a local government incorporates Agenda 21 recommendations into their comprehensive land use plans. Then the recommendations have the force of law.
Elected officials must learn what Agenda 21 is before opening their mouths and revealing their ignorance.
OTHER AG21 NONSENSE
See How New Yorkers Manage to ‘Live Large’ in These Four 350-SqFt (or Less) Apartments
Study: New E15 gas can ruin auto engines
The fuel industry's American Petroleum Institute tested the 15 percent ethanol gas approved in 2010 and found it gums up fuel systems, prompts "check engine" lights to come on, and messes with fuel gauge readings.
"Failure of these components could result in breakdowns that leave consumers stranded on busy roads and highways," said the industry report. Worse: API said the fuel problems--not found in E5 or E10 blends--aren't always covered by auto warranties.
The industry prefers pure fuel to an ethanol mix, but the report isn't likely to slow the administrations green push, according to a Washington auto lobbyist.
The key points from the API report are below:
Your Biggest Carbon Sin May Be Air Travel
At a global level, how the United States behaves in this year of airline negotiations “will be a good test” of whether President Obama will follow through on his inaugural pledge, Ms. Hedegaard said, and of “whether the U.S. is now going to engage more strongly in climate in the international arena.”
State regulators crack down on grocery chain for selling cheap milk
“Because milk is a commodity product with regulated costs that are subject to change, at the current cost, due to Louisiana state law, we are unable to honor the $2.99 Tuesday deal for (Fresh Market) milk,” according to a statement from Drewry Sackett of BRAVE Public Relations, who represents Fresh Market. “Because the cost of milk fluctuates, it is possible that we will be able to offer the $2.99 deal on milk again in the future.”
“They can sell it six percent over cost all day long. It’s when they sell it below cost that it becomes a problem,” State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain told The Advocate.
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