Surviving Sustainability: Deconstructing the Myth
Report by Betty Sakai
Introducing her researched book, Eco-Fascists, How Radical Conservationists Are Destroying Our National Heritage (Harper Collins, 2012), professionally accomplished reporter and Canadian Elizabeth Nickson presented her findings on the environmental movement to the Forum. Trained in classic journalism at Time Magazine, Nickson in 1989 responded to personal threats and hate mail received while attempting to subdivide a 30 acre parcel in Canada by deciding to research the effects of the environmental movement on the human community. Like her forefathers who settled in the United States in the 1600s and then moved to Canada, feeling the spirit of the Tea Party, the more hate she received, the more she focused on asking questions. After suffering a protracted, financially costly attempt to subdivide her 30-acre parcel on Salt Spring Island which fell under the jurisdiction of the Island Trust (a typical Agenda 21 organization),Nickson focused on research. In the United States, she traveled 12,000 miles over a two (2) year period through rural America, stopping in towns, talking to mayors, asking questions.
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