*What is Agenda 21? Many equate it with conspiracy theory, but conspiracy theory or not, it is a prevalent issue for many members of our communities. More and more citizens are drawing attention to it in public meetings, be it city councils or planning commissions. Agenda 21 is a real document (see it here), but what drives it is a term that we know much better - regionalism. Whatever we call it, if you do not know about it, you should.
Agenda 21 is a three-decade old, grand plan for global ’Sustainable Development,’ brought to you from the United Nations. George H.W. Bush (and 177 other world leaders) agreed to it back in 1992, and in 1995, Bill Clinton signed Executive Order #12858, creating a Presidential Council on ‘Sustainable Development.’ This effectively pushed the UN plan into America’s large, churning government machine without the need for any review or discussion by Congress or the American people. And it is currently being reinvigorated through numerous executive orders and administrative rules under our current administration.
‘Sustainable Development’ sounds like a nice idea, right? It sounds nice, until you scratch the surface and find that Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development are really cloaked plans to impose the tenets of Social Justice/Socialism on the world.
At risk from Agenda 21;
- Private Property ownership
- Single-Family homes
- Private car ownership and individual travel choices
- Privately owned farms
The Agenda 21/regionalism plan openly targets private property. For over thirty-five years the UN has made their stance very clear on the issue of individuals owning land;
Land… cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interest of society as a whole.
Source: United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I),Vancouver, BC, May 31 – June 11, 1976. Preamble to Agenda Item 10 of the Conference Report.
As regards the UN, that organization’s problems with America’s appreciation of freedom and self-determination is one that needs no explanation.
In California, the end goals of Agenda 21, under the guise of AB32, SB375 and many other regulations, is being implemented to create plans for sustainable management of ‘open spaces.’ The definition of what is to be considered an ‘open space’ has sparked some heated exchanges between those directing the planning meetings and citizens who want private property rights to be respected and protected.
This type of global plan could not be implemented without a large and well-funded group pushing through its priorities. For that, Agenda 21 has the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). And ICLEI is deeply entrenched in America;
ICLEI USA was launched in 1995 and has grown from a handful of local governments participating in a pilot project to a solid network of more than 600 cities, towns and counties actively striving to achieve tangible reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and create more sustainable communities. ICLEI USA is the domestic leader on climate protection and adaptation, and sustainable development at the local government level.
Over six hundred cities,towns and counties in America are members of ICLEI? Do you support your local government agreeing to rules and regulations set up by a UN-based organization that wants private property transferred to government control? If you would like to see if your community is a member of ICLEI, you can visit their website.
In the world of business Agenda 21 is not a free market friend, preferring PPPs or Private Public Partnerships where the government decides which companies will receive tax breaks and are allowed to stay in business. In light of this realization, the cozy relationship between the current administration and GE (a company that paid no tax in 2010) should raise eyebrows. And the WH efforts to tell Boeing in which state they can operate seems to further bolster the belief that Agenda 21 ideals are already making headway in America.
The seeds for Agenda 21 were planted back in 1987 when the writings of Gro Harlem Brundtland (a woman who was first Vice-President of the Socialist International) caught the eye of the UN. Dr. Brundtland wrote a report for the UN called, ‘Our Common Future’ eventually got into the business of environmentalism as a tool to control all the people of the world and establish a global government. The growth of ICLEI and the framework being put in place by supporters of Agenda 21 appear to be bringing Dr. Brundtland’s ideas closer to reality*
For those in the public sector in Southern California, you will find that WRCOG, SCAG ect cite Brundtland and her writings all throughout their reports and philosophies. To have a known, prolific socialist used as a standard bearer for the way that we are to govern is simply not acceptable. For those in other municipalities that are members of similar "regional" governance agencies - just Google the name "Brundtland" with that particular agencies name and we are sure that it will be a real eye opener for you and your peers.
Agenda 21 is NOT a right or left issue. Members of both parties implement it and members of both parties oppose it. It is not a difficult decision. Do you support the freedoms that the Constitution of the United States affords you, or do you prefer the restrictions and mandates from global powers that answer to no one?
One can argue that the treaty was never truly "ratified", but what does ratification really mean if we are implementing everything anyway? Our current governments, federal as well as local, are doing many things that have no oversight, no accountability and no "ratification" ... just look at how many Executive Orders have been signed in the last 4 years alone. It worse than not having permission - our cities, through entities such as ICLEI, League of Cities ect are PAYING to have global mandates thrust upon us.
And on the other side of the coin - we have the APA (American Planning Association) taking their entire curriculum, programs and procedures straight from the UN. At the APA International Conference 2012 in Los Angeles, CA, the majority of the speakers were all prominent UN leaders. (Members of our team attended this conference and a full report can be seen HERE). The planners AND developers are drinking from the same poisoned well. The developers come "selling" what they think the planners and councils want to hear. But have you ever asked a developer WHY he is jumping through all of these hoops? Does he really think that if he puts a home on a 4,000 sq ft lot versus a 7,000 sq ft lot that he will save the atmosphere AND the fairy shrimp? Probably not. He just needs to get his project through, and he knows all the feel-good verbiage that will, hopefully, expedite the process. This is where staff and electeds can make the difference. Really go through these General Plans and UNDERSTAND what the regulations, zonings, mandates are REALLY about. Don't just include words because it is what "everyone else is doing". The goal of regionalism is to make everyone "the same". Do you really think that is what the members of your community want? To be same as the neighboring town? Is that what you want?
America is being punished for being productive, successful and, dare we say it , RICH, and we are begging for the punishment (redistribution of our wealth).
More and more people are waking up to the dangers of the mandates and the regulations and pushing back against them. The question now is, will you?
SEE NANCY PELOSI AND YOUR CONGRESS SUPPORT AGENDA 21 ON THE HOUSE FLOOR
AND IT IS NOT JUST THE DEMOCRATS:
George H.W. Bush was in Rio for the ceremonies and happily signed on for America so that our Congress did not have to spend the time reviewing the treaty and learning how America would be destroyed from within -- that protecting the environment would be used as the basis for controlling all human activity and redistributing our hard earned wealth.
*Our thanks to The Blaze for the concise explanation!