Beware of “Comfort” Words

Beware of “comfort” words. . . . .
by Vivian Henderson, Executive Director

“Sustainable” is a comfort word. One of its definitions is “…to supply with food, drink and other necessities of life”.   So when we see the word “sustainable” it gives us a good feeling ~ sustaining life.

You may have heard the term “Sustainable Development” in the same context as “Agenda 21”; which should bring to mind the United Nations.  Specific goals for implementing Agenda 21 were set forth at the U. N. World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa in August 2002.   According to its authors, Agenda 21 is designed to be a road map for the world in the twenty first century.

Sustainable Development Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of a political ideology that is progressively penetrating  every level of government in America ~ even right here in Kitsap County.But let’s take another look at the word “Sustainable”.   According to Maurice Strong, Secretary General, U.N. Conference on Environment and Development 1992 (also known as the Rio Earth Summit) where Agenda 21 was unveiled “…current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable”.In other words, living in a single family heated/air conditioned home with a range/washer/drier/etc. on a lot or acreage, driving a POV (privately owned vehicle) and eating meat is unsustainable.

“Land cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market.  Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes.  The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole.   Public control of land use is therefore indispensable…”  So says the Preamble of the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I), held in Vancouver BC May 31 – June 11, 1976 Agenda Item 10 of the Conference Report.

Sustainable Development is also known as “Smart Growth”, “Growth Management”, “Comprehensive Planning”, etc.   They all mean the  same thing ~ keep people out of rural/suburban areas pack them into dense urban areas  get  them out of their cars and onto public transit or bicycles and get as much private property as possible into the public domain.

“Comfort” words should be your first warning. They are carefully and purposely chosen.

Vivian Henderson, Executive Director
Cell: 360-710-8560
viviankapo@wavecable.comFor more information: or Google “Agenda 21

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