On Dec. 4, 1945, the Senate approved U.S. participation in the United Nations.
At the conclusion of the June 3-14, 1992, United Nations Conference on Environment & Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, President George H.W. Bush and the leaders of 177 other nations signed a document known as Agenda 21. At the time, it was seen as a perfectly sensible planning paper, a nonbinding statement of intent aimed at dealing with sustainability on an increasingly crowded planet.
But in the 22 years since that day, at the hands of groups like the John Birch Society, Agenda 21 has been transformed in much of the American public mind into a secret plot to impose a totalitarian world government, a nefarious effort to crush freedom in the name of environmentalism. And it isn’t only extremists pushing this conspiracy theory — in January 2012, the Republican National Committee bought into the propaganda, denouncing Agenda 21 in a resolution as a “destructive and insidious scheme” that is meant to impose a “socialist/communist redistribution of wealth. (For the complete Southern Poverty Law Center article click here)."
The facts are: Agenda 21 is not a treaty! It has no force of law, no enforcement
mechanisms, no penalties, and no significant funding. It is not even a
top-down recommendation, seeking instead to encourage communities around
the world to come up with their own solutions to overpopulation,
pollution, poverty and resource depletion. It is a feel-good guide that
cannot force anyone, anywhere, to do anything at all.
Agenda 21 is nothing more than a plan to sustain life on this planet. Stop following idiots like Ted Cruz who says it will “abolish …. golf courses, grazing pastures and paved roads.”
NO TED CRUZ, THE PROBLEM IS TOO MANY PEOPLE WITH TOO FEW RESOURCES AND SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE WHOLE.
But unlike us, they do not forget: they frow rings in their trunks, one after another, to stockpile their memory.
The rings tell the story of ecah tree, revealing its age, as much as two thousand years in some cases, the climate it lived through, the floods and droughts it endured; the rings conserve the scars of fires, infestations and earthquakes.
One day like today, a scholar of the subject, José Armando Boninsegna, was given the best possible explanation by the children at ta school in Argentina:
"Little trees go to school and learn to write. Where do they write? On their bellies. And how do they write? Withe rights that you can read."
Children of the Days, Eduardo Galeano
The truth is, the current rate of population growth isn’t sustainable. Not for our national economies, and certainly not for our planet. A growing population used to indicate booming economic growth, but those two statistics have since diverged. In recent decades, population growth has been associated with lower per capita incomes and higher rates of unemployment and poverty. Whether you’re a single mom with five kids, or a middle class couple with no plans of ever having kids, the reality is that global population growth does and will continue to have an effect on your life.
Population Growth Affects Education:
When population grows, more students flood the educational system. This requires more teachers, who all require salaries. Because local and national governments very rarely place a high priority on education, economic struggles mean these budgets get slashed first. Teachers must muddle through with giant classes and no resources, students with special needs get lost in the cracks, and the overall quality of education goes down. Many of those who would be teachers find that the income earned does not match the effort required, so they move to other fields, compounding the problem. A poorly educated youth eventually turns into a poorly educated workforce, limiting innovation and entrepreneurship that lead to economic growth.
Population Growth Affects The Environment:
The human race must consume some natural resources in order to survive. We need water to drink and land to plant crops. We also need energy to produce electricity. Booming populations put an incredible strain on existing energy infrastructure. In order to keep up with the increased demand for energy, new coal-fired and nuclear power plants are being built every day. These energy sources are difficult to extract from the Earth, often resulting in contamination of resulting ecosystems, and burning them is even worse. There are no barriers in the atmosphere. Global pollution results in ozone depletion, acid rain, smog, and climate change, putting everyone of us at risk.
Population Growth Affects Equality:
Although we’ve come a long way since in the last century, the simple fact is that gender inequality and cultural biases still exist in this world. Women especially are affected by population growth. Women miss out on educational opportunities because they are told to stay home and bear children. In some countries, female children are sold into slavery or the sex trade simply because their families do not have the resources to keep them fed and clothed. Larger illiteracy rates among the female populations mean less of a chance to develop socially, emotionally, and economically, writes Dr. Deborah Bauers. When these demographics are juxtaposed against cultural bias of women as second-class citizens and/or breeding stock, the outlook for achieving global gender equality is bleak.
Whether the world population reaches 8 billion or 11 billion in this century depends on the choices we make today. Around the world, more than 200 million women want to prevent pregnancy but lack contraception. If you agree that the current population growth rate is unsustainable, and even dangerous, take action by signing the petition below, supporting efforts to preserve reproductive rights and increase access to contraceptives, and most of all, think before you breed.