The Unsustainability of Agenda 21


“Think Globally, Act Locally” isn’t just a slogan. It is a one-line manifesto for environmental purists, pushing Agenda 21 and it’s one of the greatest threats to U.S. freedom.

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development created Agenda 21 as a mixture of socialism extreme environmentalism and anti-capitalism. The Southern Poverty Law Center recently complained Agenda 21 is losing public support because of several grassroots movements to end the program.

The report entitled, “Agenda 21: The U.N., Sustainability and Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory” points to a number of states planning to block some or all of Agenda 21.

“At least three states — Arizona, Missouri and Oklahoma — have considered laws, each of which passed one chamber of their legislatures, to halt the purportedly noxious effects of Agenda 21; Alabama went all the way, passing a 2012 law that was signed by Governor Robert Bentley. Major political battles have broken out over it in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Montana, Ohio and Texas.”

“Even the Republican National Committee, in January 2012,” the report adds, “denounced Agenda 21 as a destructive and insidious scheme to impose a socialist/communist redistribution of wealth.”

The United Nations program is voluntary and reportedly focused only on sustainable development, meaning in theory, it would abolish poverty and protect “fragile environments” by “properly” managing cities. And because the U.S. is only a signatory country, Congressional approval isn’t required, leaving the plan non-binding.

To overcome this, the U.N. created the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) to push their plan on the U.S. Now more than 1,100 large and moderate-sized U.S. cities support Agenda 21.

Because a majority of the unsuspecting American public is still-undereducated about Agenda 21, the ICLEI’s language, which on the surface sound innocuous, must be recognized.

Some of those words and phrases include: action, affordable housing, balanced, benefit of all, best management practices, collaborative, collective, common good, consensus, down-zoning, endangered species, environment, economy, equity, facilitator, friends of…, government-sponsored, historic preservation, hub city, in-fill, inter-disciplinary, international baccalaureate, invasive specie, multi-family, off-conveyances, old growth, open space, outcome based, protect, preserve, public/private partnership, quality of life, regional, renewable, restoration, sanctuary, school-to-work, single-family, smart, social, stakeholder, social justice, sustainable, traffic calming, up-zoning, vision, and watershed.

Along with Agenda 21s language, local officials, often at the urging of state government, revise laws to fit a “smart code” zoning template. These include things like: rezoning agricultural farmland and protecting residential conservation land by creating office parks; rezoning agricultural lands to prevent future subdivision by farmers; rezoning residential land to permit construction of affordable, multi-family housing units; and government funding to ensure healthier, balanced neighborhoods.

The over-all effect of these plans will create highly urbanized population centers throughout otherwise-rural counties, limiting the availability of land for suburban and estate subdivisions, which are considered a waste of land. Furthermore, federal and state agencies can deny grant funds to states and cities that do not adopt smart growth plans.

By do this, Agenda 21, in essence, forces zoning changes for lowering property values without compensation to the property owner. It also lets both federal and local governments to curtail the use of gas-powered engines, by restricting off-road vehicles and creation of bicycling and walking lanes.

For instance, the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan Update, “Mobility 2035, approved in December 2012, calls for a reduction in motorized transportation, creation of walkable communities, and alternatives to driving around the historic, tourist attraction.It also has a target date of 2035 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions using a $1.6 billion grant from California’s Strategic Growth Council

The SGC’s blueprint includes creating more biking and walking opportunities to help reduce of obesity and asthma, lower road infrastructure costs and greenhouse gas emissions as well as improve neighborhood safety.

“Implementing shared parking strategies can reduce the cost of infrastructure and maintenance for both local government and private developers while potentially increasing the profitability of a development project by allowing for more square footage of housing, retail, or commercial space,” reads the 2010 Governor’s Office of Planning & Research report. “Both of these examples have numerous economic, social, and environmental benefits.”

Also included in Agenda 21 is the outcome-based education system known as Common Core, which seeks to teach sustainable development, zero-population philosophies and the dangers of humans impacting the environment. It is designed to teach your child what kind of action should be taken globally, nationally and locally by the U.N., governments, and other approved groups.

To halt this planning, you must educate yourself, learning not only the language of Agenda 21, but also by understanding how it directly assaults the U.S. Constitution and your civil liberties, then speak out at your local planning meetings.


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Tom Darby

Former radio personality and newspaper reporter

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