Residents to supes: Back off UN Agenda 21
5/19/2012 9:35 AM
El Dorado County's Board of Supervisors Tuesday put off indefinitely further discussion of the controversial Agenda 21. Board Chairman John Knight had agendized a proposed board resolution to "endorse rejection of its radical policies and rejections of any grant monies attached to it."
Knight, however, exercising the chair's prerogative, pulled the item from the agenda and offered it "off calendar" for future consideration. Off-calendar means there is no date certain on which or by which the issue will return to the board's agenda.
Members of the audience and supervisors got testy with each other over the move to "continue" the matter. Several times Knight and Suervisor Jack Sweeney tried to clarify what the board action meant. That is, not to deny the public the opportunity to discuss the specifics of Agenda 21, but rather to hold those discussions at a future time.
Agenda 21 came out of the "United Nations Conference on Environment and Development" in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. It is commonly referred to as a blueprint or action plan for "sustainable development" worldwide and includes involvement at the global, national and local levels. In its simplest terms, it is predicated on the assumption that much human activity has a potentially deleterious effect on the environment. Agenda 21 (for the 21st century) states that by working together the international community can reduce environmental degradation while improving the lives and prospects of people in the developing world.
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