For the last few Memory Lane Mondays PD’s showcased the two key creators of Agenda 21, Mustache Maurice Strong and Mrs. Doubtfire Gro Brundtland, along with the thoughts and wisdom of Ted Turner, a major funder of Agenda 21’s global implementation.

We thought that for this last Monday in May, why not look a little bit more at what Agenda 21 actually says?

Snatch up your copy and turn to Principle 15:

“In order to protect the environment, the precautionary approach shall be widely applied by States according to their capabilities. Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.”

Say, what? Yeah, that’s the precautionary principle, or approach (both terms are used whimsically in the text). Broken down another way by the Business Insider, “The precautionary principle is a rule that if a threat of serious or irreversible damage to the environment or human health exists, a lack of full scientific knowledge about the situation should not be allowed to delay containment or remdial steps if the balance of potential costs and benefits justifies enacting them.”

The terms serious and irreversible are on the subjective side.

Basically, let’s say you’re quite the green thumb and have a nice garden in your back yard (for all of you working your way through the actual text you’ll find this example funny as Agenda 21 also calls for an end to single family housing). So you have this garden and your neighbor comes over and he says, “Wait! Wait! Did you see that? That’s a sheep worm!”Feels like the UN.

“Where? I don’t see anything.”

“I saw it. You have to stop right now! Sheep worms are almost extinct.”

“What?”

Yeah, because of the allegation that a sheep worm has taken up residence in your pickle patch, despite you not seeing one, or there being any other evidence of it, you will have to cease and desist working on that victory garden—until that is you are able to prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that your garden has no sheep worms. More so, the burden and cost of proving your innocence will fall on you.

And this little take on life will be applied to everything. Imagine how grand it will be to have a small business in that Guilty-Till-Proven-Innocent climate.

Tongue tied? Hands tied?Think this will never happen? Check out MEP Daniel Hannah’s April 8th rant on the “silliness” of the precautionary principle as it’s already being applied to the EU.

Happy Monday!