The Board of Directors of the Houston - Galveston Area Council discussed a proposal from board member Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark for an up or down vote on “sustainable development,” according to Guidry News.
Guidry News has posted audio of the discussion (mp3), beginning with a presentation by H-GAC Executive Director Jack Steele on the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development and other sustainability programs at H-GAC.
Steele stated in his presentation that H-GAC’s sustainability program would “not have anything to do with Agenda 21,” something that local tea party activists believe is a global conspiracy, including the concept that President Barack Obama is a Dictator, according to their facebook page.
“Sustainable development” is a term originally used to guide The Woodlands Conferences convened by developer George Mitchell in the 1970s. The United Nations later adopted the term and defined it as “meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” Opposition to this concept has arisen with passion and anger among some people, led by the John Birch Society and the American Policy Council.