1. The U.N.
puts forward treaties, containing a lot of very liberal ideas.
nations having liberal leadership, or to avoid being labeled an international
bad guy, adopt the treaties. Those having liberal leadership begin to
implement the treaties. Maybe some nations ignore them. In the U.S., President
Father Bush signed the Agenda 21 treaty, President Clinton put it before the
Senate for adoption, and President Obama issued an executive order instructing
federal bureaucracies to implement the treaty.
at high levels (federal, state, regional) assembles programs that incorporate
various aspects of Agenda 21, which it dangles in front of lower levels of
government with promises of grants or other funding to persuade the target
government to adopt and implement the plan. Now we have state
level economic development corporations (EDCs) influencing local EDCs;
federal grants to states to implement mass transit systems where none
previously were perceived to be necessary or affordable; state employment
agencies replacing local, previously private sector employment agencies;
federal government ordering states and private individuals to implement
and purchase mandated medical insurance programs.
governments are dazzled by the offer of "free" money, obtainable by
implementing supposed "good" programs that will benefit local
constituents who will be grateful to have another government service put before
are adopted and instituted for as long as the "free" money
comes in. When it runs out, taxpayers are asked to take over funding of
the now vital program. Creating fear among the people makes it much
easier than otherwise to convince them of the need for any particular program,
as in, per the "Telegram" article below: "Thirteen top
hazards were identified for Lenawee County [by Region 2 planner]..." and
"Potential unnatural disasters..." How did people survive
before these benevolent planners came along to look after them?
6. And every
time this cycle is repeated, liberty for individuals is forfeited and local
control of government is ceded to a higher level, with the ultimate end of
achieving a highly centralized government—no longer of, for, or by the people;
but strictly to control the people.
is a very popular word in Agenda 21-related documents which ultimately means
that we all live according to limits established by government because
government defines what sustainability is.
provides options for combating degradation of the land, air and water,
conserving forests and the diversity of species of life. It deals with poverty
and excessive consumption, health and education, cities and farmers. There are
roles for everyone: governments, business people, trade unions, scientists,
teachers, indigenous people, women, youth and children. Agenda 21 does not shun
business. It says that sustainable development is the way to reverse both
poverty and environmental destruction.
Agenda 21 calls on
governments to adopt national strategies for sustainable development. These
should be developed with wide participation, including non-government
organizations and the public. Agenda 21 puts most of the responsibility for
leading change on national governments, but says they need to work in a broad
series of partnerships with international organizations, business, regional,
state, provincial and local governments, non-governmental and citizens’
Take a close look
at this link for particulars about Agenda 21 implementation: http://www.iisd.org/sd/ .
It contains numerous additional links, which if followed, provide eye-opening
The June 21, 2012, "Daily Telegram" article
below (scanned) carries the hallmarks of Agenda 21. It was not available
“The UN's Agenda 21 is a radical plan driven by George Soros
and the same global environmental interests behind energy tax schemes like Cap
If implemented, it could threaten the private property
rights and economic freedom of every American.
Unless we stop Agenda 21, UN bureaucrats could ultimately
bypass Congress to take control over huge swaths of America's land and resources.In some places this process has already
Under the guise of "sustainable development," many
of our elected representatives at the local, state and national levels are
already helping to implement Agenda 21 without even realizing the danger it
represents to our economy and our liberty.
We must stand up NOW and sound the alarm.”
“Sustainability” and Agenda 21
Agenda 21 is part of the 1992 U.N. Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, attended by eighteen thousand representatives from around the world. The agreement was signed by 178 nations, with President George H.W. Bush signing for the U.S.
The five main documents produced by the Summit are: - The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development - The Statement of Forest Principles - The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity - Agenda 21
Agenda 21 will have far-reaching effects on: - Private property ownership - Single-family homes - Private car ownership and individual travel choices - Privately owned farms - Businesses - Private individuals - All aspects of life
Nationwide, more than 600 cities are actively participating in the Agenda 21 program operating under the name of International Council for Local Sustainability (ICLEI). Participating Michigan cities are Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint, Traverse City, and Grand Rapids (http://www.icleiusa.org/about-iclei/members).
“Agenda 21 promotes European socialist goals that will erode our freedoms and liberties. Most of its vague, lofty sounding phrases cause the average person’s eyes to glaze over, making it easier to sneak into our communities. The environmentalist goals include atmospheric protection, combating pollution, protecting fragile environments, and conserving biological diversity. Agenda 21 goes well beyond environmentalism. Other broad goals include combating poverty, changing consumption patterns, promoting health, and reducing private property ownership, single-family homes, private car ownership, and privately owned farms. It seeks to cram people into small livable areas and institute population control. There is a plan for ‘social justice’ that will redistribute wealth.
“Once these vague, overly broad goals are adopted, they are being interpreted to allow massive amounts of new, overreaching regulations. Joyce Morrison from Eco-logic Powerhouse says Agenda 21 is so broad it will affect the way we ‘live, eat, learn and communicate.’ (http://www.newswithviews.com/Morrison/joyce36.htm) Berit Kjos, author of Brave New Schools, warns that Agenda 21 ‘regulation would severely limit water, electricity, and transportation - even deny human access to our most treasured wilderness areas, it would monitor all lands and people. No one would be free from the watchful eye of the new global tracking and information system.’ Even one of the authors of Agenda 21 has admitted that it ‘…calls for specific changes in the activities of all people…’ These steps are already being enacted little by little at the local levels.”
Alternative names for Agenda 21 include: - Smart growth - Comprehensive planning - Growth management - Open spaces - Social justice - Sustainable development - Incorporation - Strategic planning
Incentives to local governments are provided by government offices at the state or federal levels to incorporate Agenda 21 initiatives, often under the phrase “public private partnerships,” which currently is very popular with Governor Snyder. Such initiatives also are referred to as Local Agenda 21 (LA21).
In a paper entitled “The Future of Local Agenda 21 in the New Millennium,” http://www.unedforum.org/publications/millennium/mill%20paper2.pdf J. Gary Lawrence (Issue 2 of “The Millennium Papers” presented by UNED-UK), wrote: “LA21, if it is to meet its promise, cannot be just something we do occasionally. It needs to become the way in which we learn how to live a more sustainable way. (p. 7)
“If the activity is placed in the environmental division of the planning office (traditionally a place with little organizational power) then, I think, the chances for success are small. If it [is] part of the City Manager’s or Mayor’s Office, and therefore integrated into regular decision-making processes, then the chances of success are far greater.” (p.8)
Agenda 21 has been around for 20 years now, and in hindsight it seems that we, as a community, already have adopted many aspects of that program: business-education collaboration, government-education guidance for families, inclusion of minors in allocation of financial resources, etc., etc. Of course, none of those efforts bear the name of "Agenda 21," but they bear the marks of it.
On June 9, 2011, President Obama issued an executive order (13575) establishing the White House Rural Council (25 agencies), responsible for coordinating and implementing, at the federal level, sustainable and green local development in rural areas nationwide. Therefore, it is imperative that local government officials be aware of the extent to which local control is being undermined through organizations that, on the surface, seem to be innocuous.
For more information on Agenda 21 and how it will affect, or is affecting, your community, check some or all of the links below: