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Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.
The Basque Declaration outlines new pathways for European Cities and Towns to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities for a liveable and inclusive Europe. The document aims to support and accelerate socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation. The Basque Declaration was acclaimed by the participants of the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns held in the Basque Country from 27-29 April 2016.
We will develop a “culture of sustainability” based on equal access to municipal services for all citizens regardless of their age, religious affiliation, ethnic identity or gender, and reflect this particularly in our budgeting and educational systems;
We will actively involve our citizens and go beyond participatory planning into participatory implementation by supporting and using new approaches like co-production, co-design and co-innovation;
We will re-think the boundaries between public and private services, activities and tasks, and seek to encourage local private and civic engagement;
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originally posted by: argentus
I think this sounds wonderful. No, really! I know several people who wander on the edge of being homeless, even more elderly with uncertain financial futures, single parents with dead-end jobs that would benefit from such a civilization.
Of course, a caveat: I am too old and set in my ways to join or be a part of such a place. Nope. I can't have anybody telling me what to plant or not plant, or what to build and where. My Darlin' wouldn't stand for that for a second, but for individuals without bush skills or overly attached to their liberty and freedom it sounds like the wave of the future.
I'm sure if everyone's experience within an enclave were similar, the resources could be better managed. Also, if they all had the same space, it would be easier to make the spaces smaller. We're already on our way, you know, with our growing fascination with portable media devices. Just go ahead and plug it in permanently. Click on the sleep ap at night. Perfect!