Agenda 21 –in brief
by Sandy Stypick
Agenda 21 is a United Nations initiative that George Bush Sr. agreed to in 1992. It is called Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, ICLEI, social equality etc. It is intended to be implemented by every person on Earth. It calls for specific changes in the activities of all people. Since 1992, three presidents have agreed through executive orders to abide by their definitions of sustainable development, reduce the “unsustainable” activities, and implement action plans to accomplish this through federal agency regulations.
Some tenets of Agenda 21:
- Land cannot be treated as an ordinary asset controlled by individuals. Private land ownership is a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice.
- Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.
- We must make this place an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects – we must reclaim the roads and plowed fields, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness tens of millions of acres or presently settled land.
- Considered unsustainable are plowed fields, grazing of livestock, building fences, single family homes, paved and tarred roads, dams, reservoirs, power lines, etc.
How it is implemented:
Public agencies or planners approach local officials and “stakeholders” with proposals to review master plans and conduct surveys to improve living quality and the environment. Frequently, they invoke perceived “crises” such as transportation issues, overpopulation or poor water quality. Grant money often follows, and may include strings that limit property rights. Property rights are then stripped away in favor of bicycle paths, solar farms, open spaces, mixed-use dwellings and controlled property and farming use. In addition to towns signing on with this, many homeowners and farmers are unknowingly signing away their property rights for tax breaks when they agree to conservation easements.
Over 600 towns in every state have signed up with ICLEI. Many have found out too late what they have committed to. Some have fought back and a handful have been successful in breaking the agreements. But more towns are signing up. They either don’t know or are complicit.
We need to educate our local leaders. So far none of them I have spoken to have heard of Agenda 21 but they know about sustainable development and smart growth – both of which have been pushed out by various government agencies as very good ways to go.
The devil is in the details. Sustainable development/smart growth is part of the regulatory makeup of every federal agency and signed onto by the US Conference of Mayors, The National Governor’s Association and several Leagues of Municipalities. The American Planning Association has provided guidebooks to every US community (Growing Smart Legislative Guidebook).
It starts small and then grows. Before you know it you have lost all your rights.
I will present this to anyone who will meet with me. Or I can send information to interested (or not so interested) parties.
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