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Anti-Environmental Policies:
NOW: Rio declaration; prohibition

Our Position: oppose
Bill Number: SB1507
Sponsor: Burges
Legislative Session: 2012 Legislative Session

Say “NO” to More Head-in-the-Sand Policies and “YES” to Sustainable Development


SB1507 NOW: Rio declaration; prohibition (Burges) says that no government entity in Arizona can adopt or implement any of the tenets or principles relating to the U.N. Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the Statement of Principles for Sustainable Development. It states,

"Since the United Nations has enlisted the support of numerous independent, shadow organizations to surreptitiously implement this agenda around the world, the state of Arizona and all political subdivisions are prohibited from implementing programs of, spending any sum of money for, being a member of, receiving funding from, contracting service from or giving financial or other forms of aid to the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives or any of its related or affiliate organizations . . . ."

This is really out there and way out of touch with both what the Statement of Principles for Sustainable Development does and is intended to do. The Rio Declaration contains 27 principles of sustainable development, including intergeneration and intragenerational equity; the precautionary principle; the polluter-pays principle; common but differentiated responsibilities; participation and access to information and judicial and administrative proceedings; environmental impact assessment and prior notification. What is wrong with that?



Action Needed

Thank you to the 20 Democrats and at least 10 Republicans who opposed this bill in the House. That is why it never made it to a Third Read.


According to the website for the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives,

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is an association of over 1220 local government Members who are committed to sustainable development.  Our Members come from 70 different countries and represent more than 569,885,000 people. 

ICLEI is an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations who have made a commitment to sustainable development.

ICLEI provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level. Our basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.

This is hardly some kind of shadowy organization with a hidden agenda. It is clear that it is working to help communities to promote sustainability and reduce their contributions to global climate change. None of this is contrary to U.S. or Arizona constitutions.

This bill should be rejected as it is not founded on accurate information and promotes a high level of paranoia about something we should all be working to do, living more lightly on the only planet we have.


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