What does ‘think globally and act locally’ actually mean?

August 13, 2016

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LAND GRAB: Community campaigner against Agenda 21 David Cammegh, who claims some parts of the conservation lobby pushing for compensation for farmers affected by the floods of the Somerset Level was a push to kick them off their land as part of the global strategy of Agenda 21.


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NO SHOW: Events like this one at the New Forest Show where there have been no stands represented by officials from Dorset or New Forest Agenda 21 representatives. Does their absence reflect their real intentions?


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MUDDLED MOTTO: Local Agenda 21 has the motto “think locally and act globally” but when looking at this phrase in context, isn’t it a contradiction in itself? Has anyone reading this seen this sign before?


COMMUNITY ASSET: The Somerset Levels AONB is due to the work of the farming and conservation lobby working together. It can’t look the way it is in the future if food production is not part of the mix and must play its part in food security due to the times we are living in. This view looks down on Glastonbury and beyond from the Tor.




DOES Local Agenda 21 as an organisation have questions to answer after the flooding of the Somerset Levels back in 2014?

In every public rural event I have attended locally in the past 15 years or so I have never seen a stand with staff representing Local Agenda 21 to promote sustainable development, backing small farmers and craftsmen to benchmark their products. You cannot have the land looking the way it is without the means to deliver it and that is the responsibility of small business, not global corporations.

Come to think of it, can anyone recall them fighting for the futures of village post offices; traditional rural customs like Morris dancing and folk music; pubs, rural heritage and anything else that involves the people who live there.

What is the point of the motto “act globally, think locally” – isn’t that a ruse to deceive the public as this organisation has not done anything to promote localism yet remains extremely passive about globalism or perhaps it is actually an unofficial flag bearer? Localism empowers communities, globalism destroys them.

A senior member of one wildlife group involved with the post-planning after the Somerset Levels flooding is alleged to have said this: “The Somerset Levels could be the Everglades of England but we cannot say that publicly because people would be very understandably angry.”

Wildlife groups had suggested that it would be better for farmers and others to be compensated for their land and not fund expensive drainage systems on a flood plain.

Mark Robbins, senior policy advisor to the RSPB, is alleged to have said this: “Dairy farming was not sustainable on large parts of the Somerset Levels because it depended on grassland which was vulnerable to flooding.”

It is worth reminding certain wildlife conservation groups – and I’m a passionate advocate of wildlife conservation myself – that ot is really important to emphasise that has always been the case that farming and conservation generally works together as a community to create the land asset that is the Somerset Levels. And this is validated by the work of the brand of high quality food and drink from the Somerset Levels and Moors.

Why did this person even suggest that it was acceptable to turn the Somerset Levels into the Everglades against the wishes of the local population? Is there something bigger that the authorities are not telling Somerset and the rest of the country?

An activist called David Cammegh highlights this issue in a post on You Tube: “The authorities are clearly refusing to clear the drainage with the idea of leaving trees to save plants, flowers, birds and insects that obviously more important than people when these things have been cleared and dredged out for centuries?

“Why are these wildlife groups there? Why are they getting involved? Why are they sticking their noses into people’s lives? These are people’s homes we are talking about. These are people’s farms that have been there for generations.

“Sustainable development is about getting people off the land. Groups like the RSPB and the Somerset Wildlife Trust are part of the big scheme. It is about making us less productive so we have no food. Sustainable development is by definition Agenda 21.”

If you don’t have the small farmers and craftsmen on the Somerset Levels, it cannot be managed properly as it is a man-made environment. How do I know that? I lived for 10 years in central Somerset and covered this subject regularly as a rural affairs correspondent on a local newspaper so I would respectfully suggest that Somerset, Dorset or New Forest representatives of Local Agenda 21 answer the issues Mr Cammegh has carefully raised and not dismiss him, Rosa Koire and others as conspiracy theorists.

If anyone wants to challenge what has been aired in this post and wants to put the positive case for Agenda 21, please get in contact with me.

  • THE full version of David Cammegh’s You Tube post on the Somerset Levels can be found here.

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