~ Where the Sun Will Never Set on Our liberty ~
I recently attended a meeting of a local business ethics alliance. The alliance is made up of the most influential people and companies in the city, as well as the Better Business Bureau, chambers of commerce, a local university as well as others.
I attended this particular meeting because the notice stated that the speaker was the Water Sustainability Program Director for Coca-Cola. The invite stated that businesses should look to sustainability ‘to save our planet’.
Well, anyone who knows me, is aware that I believe sustainability, as well as all of the other made-up words in this movement, isn’t about sustaining anything other than a push…or nudge as Cass Sunstein would say…for conformity for the global initiative called Agenda 21 which is soon to be renamed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
I had prepared a question: Is it ethical for businesses to work as advocates for and in conjunction with governments in advancing their sustainability agendas?
Well….I realized early that it was very apparent that had I asked my question, the attendees would have looked at me with shock and horror. I knew I was outnumbered. So I sat quietly and listened.
I listened to the heaps of praise attendees showered on each other as they rose to speak about their efforts to be ‘green’. I watched as nodding heads filled the room. A priest stood and spoke of his admiration of the Pope for taking a bold stand for sustainable development. A gentleman rose to speak of how his 501c3 was working with children to teach them early about protecting their world. Another from a conservation foundation talked about re-educating farmers (oh, it took a while, but eventually…)
Instead a seeing my attendance as a waste of time, I saw it as an eye-opener. The fact that these wheels, the movers and shakers, are 100% on board is disheartening. Fighting this agenda isn’t just an uphill battle, it’s a good-luck-in-climbing-the-mountain battle.
The ethics alliance program included a page defining ‘blind spots’ that get in the way of ‘thinking carefully, making the right choices or acting in the way we should', which are:
Is it just me or can we apply some of the above ethical mistakes to the people who are pushing the sustainable development agenda?