The Guest Column, by Warren Nielsen, entitled "In the spirit of sustainability", (May 31, 1997), attempted to present a warm and fuzzy picture of the sustainable development concept. Mr. Nielsen stated that: " A loosely organized assembly of local citizens with widely diverse backgrounds drafted a definition of sustainable development in the early fall of 1996". Why waste time when the United Nations Council on Sustainable Development already published the definition in the Global Biodiversity Assessment (1995), on page 1118, as "development that meets the needs and aspirations of the current generation without compromising the ability to meet those of future generations". The President's Council on Sustainable Development established in 1993 by Presidential Executive Order #12852, adopted the definition of "Sustainable Development" drafted by The World Commission on Environment and Development in Our Common Future(1987), as "... to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". (see Sustainable America: A New Consensus, Feb. 1996).
Sustainable Alachua County is not "a citizens' movement" in the sense of a grass roots movement, but has been actively promoted by the United Nations in Agenda 21, and the Global Biodversity Treaty which was presented at Earth Summit II, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. The concept of sustainable development and sustainable communities is being implemented in every country of Earth as part of a global plan. If you want to have some idea of what is not sustainable, then heed the words of Maurice Strong, Secretary-General of Earth Summit II, who said that industrialized countries have:
Our future is too important to accept sustainable development in our
lives without knowing the whole truth.
Milton H. Baxley II
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