People ask all over this great land of ours: Is this Agenda 21 thing really this bad? Is it a threat to liberty? One of the James City County supervisors asked that question at the July 12 meeting in re ICLEI – he was (rightly) concerned about Chicken Little type behavior.
But Agenda 21 really is evil. Here’s circumstantial evidence arising from, you guessed it, California:
In California, the assault on the house has gained official sanction. Once the heartland of the American dream, the Golden State has begun implementing new planning laws designed to combat global warming. These draconian measures could lead to a ban on the construction of private residences, particularly on the suburban fringe. The new legislation’s goal is to cram future generations of Californians into multi-family apartment buildings, turning them from car-driving suburbanites into strap-hanging urbanistas.
Is it in the water? I better drink the bottled stuff if I ever go out there on an anti-ICLEI speaking tour. But here’s what the Tea Party said about herding people into cities (presumedly to gales of laughter from the left):
First, they took on the political establishment in Congress. Now, tea partiers have trained their sights on a new and insidious target: local planning and zoning commissions, which activists believe are carrying out a global conspiracy to trample American liberties and force citizens into Orwellian “human habitation zones.”
(By the way, two of the heroes of the Mother Jones article are none other than our Commonwealth’s own Donna Holt and Tom DeWeese!) Here’s more Mother Jones:
In the tea partiers’ dystopian vision, the increased density favored by planners to allow for better mass transit become compulsory “human habitation zones.” They warn of Americans being forcibly moved from their suburban dream homes into urban “hobbit homes” and required to give up their cars and instead—gasp!—take the bus to work. The enemies in this fight are hidden behind bland trade-association names like the American Planning Association or ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability).
But back to the PRC (People’s Republic of California):
But who needs facts when you have religion? Take the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and Metropolitan Transit Commission’s (MTC) new “sustainable communities strategy,” a document designed to meet the requirements of the state’s draconian anti-greenhouse gas legislation.
This “strategy” seeks to all but reduce growth in the region’s lower-density outer fringe – eastern Contra Costa County as well as the Napa, Vallejo and Santa Rosa metropolitan areas — which grew more than twice as fast as the core and inner suburbs. Instead the ABAG-MTC projects a soaring increase in demand for high-density housing and its latest “vision” report calls for 97% of all the region’s future housing be built in urban areas, virtually all of it multi-family apartments, to accommodate an estimated 2 million residents.
Sounds like herding people into human habitation zones to me. The Forbes article cites environmental concerns as the reason for the willingness to go against the majority:
That’s not what Californians want: Some 71% of adults in the state cite a preference for single-family houses. Furthermore, the vast majority of growth over the past decade has taken place not in high-density urban centers but in lower-density peripheral areas such as Riverside-San Bernardino. Yet popular preferences mean little in a state where environmental zealotry increasingly dictates how people should live their lives.
Remind me again: It’s Donna Holt, Tom DeWeese and me, we’re the wingnuts?
Virginia activist Donna Holt is among those who believe that Agenda 21—unveiled during the UN’s “Earth Summit” in 1992—is really a plot to curtail private property rights and deprive Americans of precious constitutional freedoms. In reality, the document will do nothing of the sort, but it has nevertheless been the target of conspiracy-minded UN haters for years. * * * Holt has also has relied on the research of Tom DeWeese, the founder of the American Policy Center and a climate change denier whose group has been funded by Exxon.
Let me go over this one more time again:
ICLEI implements Agenda 21 and Agenda 21 is the signature manifesto for “sustainable development”, come what may:
Agenda 21 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.
Here’s from their preamble:
Humanity stands at a defining moment in history. We are confronted with a perpetuation of disparities between and within nations, a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy, and the continuing deterioration of the ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being. However, integration of environment and development concerns and greater attention to them will lead to the fulfilment of basic needs, improved living standards for all, better protected and managed ecosystems and a safer, more prosperous future. No nation can achieve this on its own; but together we can – in a global partnership for sustainable development.
Governments are urged to ratify all relevant conventions pertaining to women if they have not already done so. Those that have ratified conventions should enforce and establish legal, constitutional and administrative procedures to transform agreed rights into domestic legislation and should adopt measures to implement them in order to strengthen the legal capacity of women for full and equal participation in issues and decisions on sustainable development. (Agenda 21, section 24.4)
This means ratify CEDAW that requires a report to a committee of foreigners on progress. That is a sovereignty killer right there.
Governments should take active steps to: * * * (b) Ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child (General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989, annex), at the earliest moment and implement it by addressing the basic needs of youth and children; (Agenda 21, section 25.13[a])
This means the sovereignty killer known as the Convention on the Rights of the Child; I have written on this monstrosity before!
Local governments are encouraged to form mini-Agenda 21’s in their community:
Each local authority should enter into a dialogue with its citizens, local organizations and private enterprises and adopt “a local Agenda 21″. Through consultation and consensus-building, local authorities would learn from citizens and from local, civic, community, business and industrial organizations and acquire the information needed for formulating the best strategies. The process of consultation would increase household awareness of sustainable development issues. Local authority programmes, policies, laws and regulations to achieve Agenda 21 objectives would be assessed and modified, based on local programmes adopted. Strategies could also be used in supporting proposals for local, national, regional and international funding. (Agenda 21, section 28.3)
Here’s Agenda 21’s answer to education (Hint: it mandates money for education and ensures indoctrinization, too):
In the light of country-specific situations, more support for education, training and public awareness activities related to environment and development could be provided, in appropriate cases, through measures such as the following:
(a) Giving higher priority to those sectors in budget allocations, protecting them from structural cutting requirements;
(b) Shifting allocations within existing education budgets in favour of primary education, with focus on environment and development; (Agenda 21, Section 36.7)
Had enough? Just remember when some columnist writes something like this in a major newspaper laughing at you for standing for liberty and sovereignty. Mother Jones ought to apologize to Donna Holt and Tom DeWeese. I don’t expect such an apology to be forthcoming. Agenda 21 is really that bad; and ICLEI implements it in YOUR community if your community is a member.