Local Governments for Sustainability

Today’s Washington Post:

“…a third of Americans say global warming ranks as the world’s single largest environmental problem, double the number who gave it top ranking last year, a nationwide poll shows.”

Global warming is arguably the most serious and complex environmental challenge facing humankind in the twenty-first century. On the domestic front, local governments have been the biggest agents for change on this issue with the biggest measurable achievements being demonstrated at the local level.

What could Hanover County government be doing? For starters, Hanover County could join 660 other local governments who are members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. ICLEI works with local governments to promote ICLEI’s Local Agenda Program entitled Communities 21, a program developed in accordance with the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development Agenda 21 program. The primary mission of the Communities 21 program is to improve the ecological health of communities across the nation while promoting economic vitality and social justice. The Communities 21 program provides local governments with a methodology and practical tools to establish healthy, livable communities that are ecologically sustainable.

Given that the recent approval of a reckless Comp Plan, doesn’t the time seem right to reshuffle the deck on November 6th?


4 Responses

  1. Global Warming, I am surprised, shocked to see that kind of foresight in a political arena as this. But, I agree that this is the Beast. We only have a slight chance to maybe slow it down if we started today, worldwide. Ain’t going to happen and especially not with the Republicans in office and their policy of ignoring the 800-pound gorilla in the room.

    Some facts to consider: 85% of the population of the United States lives within 100 miles of the/a coastal area. At the recent Global Warming meetings around the world, maps reflecting the changes in our coastlines after the continued melting of the poles by the end of the century were displayed. Most scientists agreed and added that it did not reflect the massive changes in weather and what chaos that would cause along with further erosion of the coastlines.

    As the BOS has past planes to damn the torpedoes and build, build, build I would like to remind them that Hanover County no longer exists in the future maps! And 93 years from now our children’s children will pay the price for our short sightedness.

    Believe me when I say we as responsible humans must make some sound and correct decisions during the next elections local and Federal! Or make plans to move.

    I would sell before the country wakes up and says OH S$#@! House and land under water don’t sell quickly!

  2. As a life long Hanover native I am disgusted with the comp plan. However, I am equally appalled at the suggestion that Hanover should join the Agenda 21 program. Anyone who has taken the time to thoroughly research the details of Agenda 21 and related spin-offs knows that doing so would be disastrous for our county as a whole and our property rights as individuals.
    Reshuffle the deck? YES!
    Join other counties and cities in their lemming like rush over the Agenda 21 cliff? Absolutely NOT!

  3. for those of us who are not familiar with the details of the Agenda 21 plan, maybe you could explain how joining “Agenda 21 and related spin offs” would be “disastrous” for or so-called property rights as individuals?

  4. What Agenda 21 really does is to make sure some one makes money off of programs that do little if anything to stem Global Warming. It creats more government to establish more companies that sound like they promote eclogical protection, but really do nothing but make sure more developers can still come in build, build, build. That’s what “improve the ecological health of communities across the nation while promoting economic vitality and social justice.” means!

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