Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Agenda 21 is 20 Years Old

From the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition

This June, 20 years on from the groundbreaking Rio Earth Summit, leaders from around the world will meet again in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, to plan a safer future for our planet.

Have a look at what's been achieved since then:

Since 1992, climate change, environmental concerns and social justice have moved up the political agenda. We've seen huge achievements because people like you demanded action from their governments.

But there's still a long way to go, so lets keep government focused on sustainable solutions:

Join the Rio Connection, sign up to join an event near you and tell your MP you want a sustainable future.
Thank you!
Fiona and the Stop Climate Chaos team

Well that's nice and optimistic isn't it! Frankly I don't buy it. Our government didn't get it in 1992, it hasn't got it in the intervening period and they still don't get it now. Here's the reason why:
“It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the laws in their favour; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it. Thus it arises that on every opportunity for attacking the reformer, his opponents do so with the zeal of partisans, the others only defend him half-heartedly, so that between them he runs great danger." - Machiavelli, The Prince, 1532
Not much changes, does it?


  1. Good old Machiavelli. He told too many truths. No wonder the Catholic Church banned The Prince.

  2. Machiavelli......

    Wasn't he MP for Hartlepool from 1992 to 2004 when he became a European Commissioner?

  3. That is a very interesting and insightful quote that you come up with from Machiavelli, and quite sobering to consider that so much time has passed since he wrote it and that it is so little known and has had so little influence.