This morning I found an e-mail waiting for me from my good friend, Cheryl Pass. Cheryl opertates the My Tea Party Chronicle blog and is a collaborator to the Guest Saturday series here at Asylum. The e-mail contained a link to Chapter 36 of the UN Agenda 21 titled Promoting Education, Public Awareness and Training. Those of you who are concerned about the governments planned “one-size-fits-all” approach to the education of our children; a.k.a, Common Core, should read this chapter of Agenda 21 ansee where many Common Core concepts come from. Here is a small taste that Cheryl highlighted in her e-mail:
Promoting Education, Public Awareness And Training
1. Education, raising of public awareness and training are linked to virtually all areas in Agenda 21, and even more closely to the ones on meeting basic needs, capacity-building, data and information, science, and the role of major groups. This chapter sets out broad proposals, while specific suggestions related to sectoral issues are contained in other chapters. The Declaration and Recommendations of the Tbilisi Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education1 organized by UNESCO and UNEP and held in 1977, have provided the fundamental principles for the proposals in this document.
2. Programme areas described in the present chapter are:
a. Reorienting education towards sustainable development;
b. Increasing public awareness;
c. Promoting training.Programme Areas
A. Reorienting education towards sustainable development
Basis for action
3. Education, including formal education, public awareness and training should be recognized as a process by which human beings and societies can reach their fullest potential. Education is critical for promoting sustainable development and improving the capacity of the people to address environment and development issues….. To be effective, environment and development education should deal with the dynamics of both the physical/biological and socio-economic environment and human (which may include spiritual) development, should be integrated in all disciplines, and should employ formal and non-formal methods and effective means of communication.*************e. Relevant authorities should ensure that every school is assisted in designing environmental activity work plans, with the participation of students and staff.Schools should involve schoolchildren in local and regional …*************
d. Countries should stimulate educational establishments in all sectors, especially the tertiary sector, to contribute more to awareness building. Educational materials of all kinds and for all audiences should be based on the best available scientific information, including the natural, behavioural and social sciences, and taking into account aesthetic and ethical dimensions;
e. Countries and the United Nations system should promote a cooperative relationship with the media, popular theatre groups, and entertainment and advertising industries by initiating discussions to mobilize their experience in shaping public behaviour and consumption patterns and making wide use of their methods. …*****************************. Countries should enhance the ability to gain access to, analyse and effectively use information and knowledge available on environment and development. Existing or established special training programmes should be strengthened to support information needs of special groups. The impact of these programmes on productivity, health, safety and employment should be evaluated. National and regional environmental labour-market information systems should be developed that would supply, on a continuing basis, data on environmental job and training opportunities. Environment and development training resource-guides should be prepared and updated, with information on training programmes, curricula, methodologies and evaluation results at the local, national, regional and international levels.
Daddy, today we learned about how people are cutting down all the rain forests to make stuff. And that driving our cars is causing the ice caps to melt and all the polar bears to die. And that it is only going to get worse until we start doing things different.
“Hoping you all have a happy Earth Day and hug a tree today!”
“Please do not email me any more emails pushing this pagan and communist ‘holiday’.”
A number House Democrats have written a resolution calling on Congress to recognize that climate change will hurt the plight of women more than men; driving women into “transactional sex” for survival — among other horrible fates.