Reading the morning paper I was pleased to see a little action applied to the theme of Sustainable Development.
On Wednesday July 30, Councilman Dominic Yagong answered Bill Cook's letter of July 28 re: the Oji Paper Company's proposal to use state and county lands in Hamakua for an eucalyptus tree farming project. It was most refreshing to read his comments in a well reasoned and articulate response. I congratulate him and wish him success in his campaign to use the public lands for the benefit of the people.
In the same vein the United Nations Association of the USA has embarked on a year-long project to educate people about "Sustainable Development". Governor Cayetano has just appointed Michael Wilson, Chair of the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources to be the United Nations Day Chair, the theme of which is "Building for a Sustainable Future". Hopefully this is a good sign for the State to seriously consider Councilman Yagong's plea for the use of public lands for the benefit of small farmers.
In 1983 the U.N. Commission on Environment and Development, known also as the Bruntland Commission, defined sustainable development as "that which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs". The Oji Paper Company's proposal certainly does not meet this criteria, but Councilman Yagong's does.