Agenda 21 In One Easy Lesson
Awareness of Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development is racing across the nation as
citizens in community after community are learning what their city
planners are actually up to. As awareness grows, I am receiving more and
more calls for tools to help activists fight back. Many complain that
elected officials just won't read detailed reports or watch long videos.
Can you give us something that is quick, and easy to read that we can
hand out, I'm asked.
So here it is. A one page, quick
description of Agenda 21. I've also included for the back side of your
hand out a list of quotes for the perpetrators of Agenda 21 that should
back up my brief descriptions.
A word of caution, use this as a
starter kit, but do not allow it to be your only knowledge of this very
complex subject. To kill it you have to know the facts. Research, know
your details; discover the NGO players in your community; identify who
is victimized by the policies and recruit them to your fight; and then
kill Agenda 21. That's how it must be done. The information below is
only your first step. Happy hunting.
What is Sustainable Development?
According to its authors, the objective of sustainable development is to integrate economic, social and environmental policies
in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the
preservation and restoration of biodiversity. Sustainablists insist that
every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on three components; global land use, global education, and global population control
Social Equity (Social Injustice)
is described as the right and opportunity of all people
equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment.
Redistribution of wealth. Private property is a social injustice since
not everyone can build wealth from it. National sovereignty is a social injustice. Universal health care is a social injustice. All part of Agenda 21 policy.
Public Private Partnerships (PPP).
Special dealings between government and certain, chosen corporations
which get tax breaks, grants and the government's power of
Eminent Domain to implement sustainable policy. Government-sanctioned
< p>Local Sustainable Development policies
Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional
Visioning Projects, STAR Sustainable Communities, Green jobs, Green
Going Green, Alternative Energy, Local Visioning,
facilitators, regional planning, historic preservation, conservation
easements, development rights, sustainable farming, comprehensive
planning, growth management, consensus.
Who is behind it?
– Local Governments for Sustainability (formally, International Council
for Local Environmental Initiatives). Communities pay ICLEI dues to
local community plans, software, training, etc. Addition
groups include American Planning Council, The Renaissance Planning
Group, International City/ County Management Group, aided by US Mayors Conference, National Governors Association, National League of Cities,
National Association of County Administrators and many more private
organizations and official government agencies. Foundation and
government grants drive the process.
Where did it originate?
The term Sustainable Development was first introduced to the world in the pages a 1987 report (Our Common Future) produced by the United Nations
World Commission on Environmental and Development, authored by Gro
Harlem Brundtland, VP of the World Socialist Party. The term was first
offered as official UN policy in 1992, in a document called UN
Sustainable Development Agenda 21, issued at the UN's Earth Summit,
today referred to simply as Agenda 21.
What gives Agenda 21 Ruling Authority?
More than 178 nations adopted Agenda 21 as official policy during a signing ceremony at the Earth Summit. US president George H.W. Bush
signed the document for the US. In signing, each nation pledge to adopt
the goals of Agenda 21. In 1995, President Bill Clinton, in compliance
with Agenda 21, signed Executive Order #12858 to create the President's
Council on Sustainable Development in order to
environmental policy with UN directives as outlined in Agenda 21.
The EO directed all agencies of the Federal Government to work with
state and local community governments in a joint effort
government using the guidelines outlined in Agenda 21. As a result, with
the assistance of groups like ICLEI, Sustainable Development is now
emerging as government policy in every town, county and state in the
Revealing Quotes From the Planners
Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by
EVERY person on Earth
it calls for specific changes in the activities of
Effective execution of Agenda 21 will REQUIRE a profound
reorientation of ALL humans, unlike anything the world has ever
Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save Our Planet (Earthpress, 1993). Emphases DR
Urgent to implement – but we don't know what it is!
The realities of life on our planet dictate that continued economic
development as we know it cannot be sustained
therefore is a program of action for local and global economic reform – a
program that has yet to be fully defined. The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide, published by ICLEI, 1996.
No one fully understands how or even, if, sustainable development can be
achieved; however, there is growing consensus that it must be
accomplished at the local level if it is ever to be achieved on a global
basis. The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide, published by ICLEI, 1996.
Agenda 21 and Private Property
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, therefore contributes to social injustice. From the report from the 1976 UN's Habitat I Conference.
Private land use decisions are often driven by strong economic incentives that
result in several ecological and aesthetic consequences
The key to
overcoming it is through public policy
Report from the President's Council on Sustainable Development, page 112.
Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class –
involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and
work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable. Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the UN's Earth Summit, 1992.
Reinvention of Government
We need a new collaborative decision process that leads to better
decisions, more rapid change, and more sensible use of human, natural
and financial resources in achieving our goals. Report from the President's Council on Sustainable Development
Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective. Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chairman, ICLEI. The Wildlands Project
We must make this place an insecure and inhospitable place for Capitalists and their projects – we must reclaim the roads and plowed lands, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres or presently settled land. Dave Foreman, Earth First.
What is not sustainable?
Ski runs, grazing of livestock, plowing of soil, building fences, industry,
single family homes, paved and tarred roads, logging activities, dams
and reservoirs, power line construction, and economic systems that fail
to set proper value on the environment. UN's Biodiversity Assessment Report.
in a UN advocated planning process would very likely bring out many of
the conspiracy- fixated groups and individuals in our society
segment of our society who fear one-world government and a UN invasion
of the United States through which our individual freedom would be
stripped away would actively work to defeat any elected official who
joined the conspiracy by undertaking LA21. So we call our process
something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth. J. Gary Lawrence, advisor to President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development