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IS THE OREGON's SUSTAINABILITY FORUM HILLARY'S GLOBAL VILLAGE?
By Rodney R. Stubbs
June 20, 2003
Sustainable Development, sustainable communities, and biodiversity are new terms that emerged since the early 1990s. They were the primary focus of the Sustainability Forum in the last week of May 2003 at the Hilton Hotel in Portland, Oregon. There were more than 250 presenters, perhaps as many as 3,500 attendees, keynote speakers included Green Party candidate for Vice President LaDuke and Oregon's Governor Ted Kulongoski.
A principle focus is on, "….why and how organizations have integrated sustainability into their planning for the future…."
Attendees are informed that the current systems (a.k.a. American Free Enterprise, Democracy, and local/systems governance), "….do not adequately value many environmental and social impacts…."
Perhaps the most important issues were discussed in the sessions focused on governance for Sustainability. The proponents of sustainability openly state that Power and Authority are key to the promotion of their new found discovery of old forms of governance, "Traditional….governance systems cannot respond to the challenges of sustainability." The forum explored "the shortcomings of traditional governance models, and the challenges of allocating costs and resources for sustainability initiatives".
Oregon Solutions, promoted by the Oregon Legislature, pointed to the "….a new system of community governance that helps the spectrum of stakeholders (individuals, governments, non-profits and businesses) define and reach agreement on what they will do together to address a community problem or opportunity."
Perspectives on the Sustainability Movement pointed to, "The triple bottom line of sustainability is economy, ecology and equity…."
Venturing down the hall, Communist Red China was the focus of Team Oregon. A discussion ensued about "China's evolving interest in sustainability, the U.S.-China Center and how it is working with the Chinese government, the Sustainable Land Use Training Program, and emerging opportunities in business relations."
Participants were invited to look at "an intentional and holistic approach to business in our community with three considerations: economy, environment (ecology) and community (equity)." The purpose is to build a Restoration Economy as, "….land management (property rights) philosophies shift from extraction (growth & consumption) towards restoration and maintenance," with the promise that, "….rural communities are realizing that restoration and its byproducts hold promise as a building blocks for sustainable economic development."
Governor Ted Kulongoski and his Oregon state government are working hard to create a Sustainable Playing Field. For example the program addresses the, "….roles of government and policy in making sustainable energy practices more viable." Among the topics included a discussion about making, "The Federal Government As an Environmental Steward."
Urban areas in the United States and abroad focused on the "….challenges facing the world's cities and urban dwellers over the next thirty years." this included a session on the "….role of innovation and social entrepreneurship to support sustainability…"
Universal Health Care or Healthcare for the Universe included initiatives regarding, "….greening health care facilities, encouraging kids to walk school, developing community policies to eliminate toxins, and improving patient-health provider communication."
The Forum included a focus on Education and efforts and opportunities to teach, research, and implement. A panel of leading educators from the Northwest discussed their, "….efforts to combine classroom and experiential learning activities that foster sustainability in creative and practical ways."
For those who study the Bible and teachings of Christ, there were sessions on Spirituality and Sustainability. At these sessions the discussion focus was on Dominion vs. Stewardship. Environmental Values and Beliefs of Faith Traditions included a focus on the diversity of religious traditions are now actively involved in the quest for a more just and sustainable world and Models of Faith-Based Environmental Engagement."
The forum reported that a, "A diversity of religious traditions are now actively involved in the quest for a more just and sustainable world."
In conclusion we are seeing an effort to change how Americans will be governed in the future. It is a change that is taking place without the knowledge or approval of most citizens. It is a change that relies on small groups (minorities) of opinion makers trying to impose a form of government on the American people that relies on top down (fascism) instead America is founding principles of Democracy set forth in the United States Constitution.
In the literature, promoting the forum is the following statement that sets forth the intent of the workshop on Sustainability – Change Management. There it is stated, "The literature and dialogue on sustainability has long been dominated by discussions about technical tools and policy instruments - that is, on what to do to achieve sustainability. Comparatively little emphasis has been placed on how organizations can change their governance systems and cultures so that they embrace those proposed tools and practices."
The program defined our current form of government in general terms and avoided discussing the American Free Enterprise system. Instead the program advocated that, "Participants will learn how to analyze the factors within an organization's governance system and culture that drive it towards unsustainable practices."
If there was ever a reason why Oregonians passed Ballot Measure 7 to require compensation for regulation, the advent of sustainable development and its policies are the reason why.
If there was ever a reason why politicians who support these changes of governance we hold dear to our Nation, this is the reason why they refuse to respect the wishes of Oregonians.
If there was ever a time when all Americans needed to rise up and quash the concept of sustainable development, sustainable communities (smart growth), and sustainability in general, now is that time.
© 2003 Rodney R. Stubbs - All Rights Reserved
Rodney R. Stubbs first began to suspect there was something wrong with the environmental and land use movement while doing research for Floyd and Margaret Iverson when Marion County forced the Iverson’s to close their Blueberry Café in January 2000. Having a degree in Natural Resources and working closely with area farmers in Oregon’s mid Willamette Valley Mr. Stubbs helped establish farm use zones for mitigating property taxes and knew instinctively that Marion County was wrong in forcing the closure of the Farm Market.
With experience in Oregon’s complicated land use processes, Mr. Stubbs determined that Marion County conducted themselves in a wrongful manner and so testified as an expert witness in the Iverson case now before the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Studying and working closely with Dr. Michael Coffman, Henry Lamb, and Bill Moshofsky. Mr. Stubbs is helping to expose the activities of state, county and local governments as non-governmental organizations involved in the environmental movement attempt to abdicate the rights of Americans to the corrupt powers of foreign Nations. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Venturing down the hall, Communist Red China, was the focus of Team Oregon. A discussion ensued about “China's evolving interest in sustainability, the U.S.-China Center and how it is working with the Chinese government, the Sustainable Land Use Training Program, and emerging opportunities in business relations."