Agenda 21: A conspiracy theory puts sustainability in the crosshairs

Agenda 21: A conspiracy theory puts sustainability in the crosshairs

  • July 13, 2015
  • News

Theorists argue that Agenda 21, a 23-year-old non-binding UN resolution that suggests ways for governments and NGOs to promote sustainable development, is the linchpin in a plot to subjugate humanity under an eco-totalitarian regime. Greg Harman, a San Antonio independent journalist dives deeper in this article published in The Guardian:   Green space, clean energy, increased urban density…and global dictatorship. It’s hard to see how all of these things could connect, but — according to a popular right wing conspiracy…

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State Comptroller approves $300,000 to investigate monarch decline

State Comptroller approves $300,000 to investigate monarch decline

Texas is getting involved in the investigation into why the monarch butterfly population has declined by more than 80% over the past 20 years. Concerns that the butterfly could become a federally-listed endangered species have prompted Comptroller Glen Hegar to fund research into the abundance and distribution of milkweed, a plant that is critical for the monarch’s migration, as well as the potential costs of a listing. Critics argue that documenting the potential costs of a listing ignore the alternative-…

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HCA Co-Sponsors Soil for Water Event

HCA Co-Sponsors Soil for Water Event

Many Texans are unaware of the importance of soil health in catching and retaining rainwater. Microorganisms build soil organic matter and allow it to function like a sponge: holding rainwater for long periods of time and releasing it slowly into plants, springs, creeks, rivers and aquifers. If you are interested in learning how you can build the health of your soil and keep more rainfall on your land in both times of drought and rainfall, come to the first meeting…

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El Nino 2015

El Nino 2015

It seems like there has been a lot of discussion of an El Nino pattern this fall and the potential for higher than normal rainfall. While Texans try to make the most of the rains while we’ve got them, we wondered- what causes this pattern and what are the impacts in other places around the world? Check out this two minute video to learn more. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2015-07-07/el-ni-o-is-coming-back-here-s-what-you-need-to-know

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Industrial Wind Development Public Meeting July 16 in Mason

Industrial Wind Development Public Meeting July 16 in Mason

Save Our Scenic Hill Country Environment (SOSHCE) will be hosting a meeting July 16th to educate landowners about industrial wind development in Mason and Menard Counties. SOSHE’s recent member update also includes information about attempted legislation to end CREZ, the Blumenthal line and other news related to wind development, transmission and scenic blight. From Save Our Scenic Hill Country Environment: Member Updates July 7, 2015 Please attend July 16 Mason Industrial Wind Development Public Meeting There is significant concern that…

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The History of Central Texas Floods

The History of Central Texas Floods

Raymond Slade, Jr., Registered Professional Hydrologist has been studying water resources in Central Texas for decades. Catastrophic flooding is not new to this region. Raymond’s studies of historic floods in the Hill Country provides lessons for the entire Hill Country region. Also, Ron Green of Southwest Research Institute studies advance warning for flooding in Karst regions. View these valuable presentations to learn more: Catastrophic Floods in the Texas Hill Country By Raymond Slade Potential for Catastrophic Floods in the Austin…

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DSHS student grant to fund rainwater catchment system

DSHS student grant to fund rainwater catchment system

Elena Lundeen wanted to help the water conservation problem, a need her community knows all too well. Her small idea became a grant-winning initiative that will continue to change the landscape of her school. Lundeen, a Dripping Springs junior, won a $1,000 grant from Rainwater Revival and Hill Country Alliance. The money will be used to develop a rainwater catchment system at the high school. The idea was born when Lundeen’s AP Environment Science teacher, Jamie Biel, commissioned the class…

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Protecting the nighttime view simple

Protecting the nighttime view simple

Erin Green, Llano County Journal: Although light from Austin and other nearby cities is starting to threaten the nighttime darkness of the areas surrounding Llano and the rest of the Texas Hill Country, it is not too late to reverse the trend and protect the views of the heavens. That was the message from Matt Lara of the Hill Country Alliance, whose “Better Lights for Starry Nights” Dark Sky Program sought to address the importance of dark skies and ways to…

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