The Montrose County Commissioners approved a resolution to reject the UN’s Agenda 21. They feel it involves ‘government regulations that go too far and are prohibiting viable uses of public lands in the region.’ In other words it is contrary to ‘our American way of life’ and results in the elimination of our ‘rights and freedoms’.
Agenda 21 was developed in 1992 at The UN Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro. It has four sections, the second of which is Conservation and Management of Resources for Development. This section includes atmospheric protection, combating deforestation, protecting fragile environments, biodiversity, control of pollution and the management of biotechnology and radioactive wastes. Sounds to me like its purpose is to protect our environment so we can continue to live in a world that is safe for all living things and leave a viable world for future generations.
Talk about eroding the American way of life. If we allow every mining company, industry, energy explorer, recreational activity and timber producer to invade our natural habitats and public lands, would they not destroy it for us and for our children? And for what? The almighty dollar? Some things are worth saving, and our environment is at the top of the list.
Citizens’ rights are diverse. My rights would be violated if any and all industries and activities were allowed unrestricted use of our open spaces. I want to continue to breathe fresh air and have wildlife in my neighborhood. If the quest for income destroys my surroundings, would not my freedoms and rights be violated? Let’s take care of the earth created for us. I say hurray for Agenda 21 and bully for the United Nations.
– Holly von Helms, Montrose