Agenda 21 - In one easy lesson:
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 and reduction. Social
Equity (Social Justice) Social justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people “to benefit
equally from the resources fforded 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 justice. All part of Agenda 21 policy.
Public Private Partnerships (PPP)."Privatization" 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 monopolies. In short - taking away from the
people what is theirs and giving it to chosen corporations - subsidized by taxpayer dollars.
Local Sustainable Development policies Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning
Projects, STAR Sustainable Communities, Green jobs, Green Building Codes, “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? (Committee of 300?)
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (formally, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives).
Communities pay ICLEI dues to provide “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
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 (Committee of 300 member) signed the
document for the US. In signing, each
nation pledge to adopt the goals of Agenda 21. In 1995, President Bill Clinton (Committee of 300 member), in compliance with Agenda 21, signed Executive Order #12858
to create the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in order to “harmonize” US 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 “reinvent” 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 nation.
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 ALL people… Effective execution of Agenda 21 will REQUIRE a profound
reorientation of ALL humans, unlike anything the world has ever experienced ” 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…Sustainable development, 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,
“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:
“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 principle 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
What is not sustainable?
Ski runs, grazing of livestock, plowing of soil, building fences, industry, single family homes, paves 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.
Hide Agenda 21’s UN roots from the people!
“Participating in a UN advocated planning process would very likely bring out many of the conspiracy- fixated
groups and individuals in our society… This 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.
Tom Deweese the publisher/editor of The DeWeese Report and is the President of the American Policy Center,
a grassroots, activist think tank headquartered in Warrenton, Virginia.
A program created by the United Nations by the name — “Agenda 21″ — which, according to the UN’s own website, is a “comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally
by organizations of the United Nations system, governments and major groups, in every area in which human
impacts on the environment.”
In so many words, the United Nations seeks to co-opt, via individual governments, and eventually, a “one-world
government,” privately held land under the auspices of ensuring its “sustainability.” Worse still, the UN’s Agenda
21 has even laid out plans for “depopulation” or rather, “population control.”
If it sounds like something out of George Orwell’s 1984, that is because Agenda 21′s tenets are eerily in line with
the demented alternate reality Orwell himself had imagined while scribing the pages of his famed novel.
“Sustainable development” is the catch-phrase Beck urged his Monday evening viewers to be leery of.
Where one can live and what land should be designated for would, under fully-realized Agenda 21 plan, be
controlled by the United Nations and a future one-world government. Consider the following section from the UN website on Agenda 21′s plan for “promoting sustainable human settlement
development.” Emphasis added:
The overall human settlement objective is to improve the social, economic and environmental
quality of human settlements and the living and working environments of all people, in particular
the urban and rural poor. Such improvement should be based on technical cooperation
activities, partnerships among the public, private and community sectors and participation in the
decision-making process by community groups and special interest groups such as women, indigenous
people, the elderly and the disabled. These approaches should form the core principles of national
settlement strategies. In developing these strategies, countries will need to set priorities among the eight
programme areas in this chapter in accordance with their national plans and objectives, taking fully into
account their social and cultural capabilities. Furthermore, countries should make appropriate provision to
monitor the impact of their strategies on marginalized and disenfranchised groups, with particular
reference to the needs of women.