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Edmond, OK is a epicenter of the anti-ICLEI fight!

It started in December when city leaders scheduled a “Sustainability Forum”; the intent to was implement their pro-ICLEI plans without opposition.  Thanks to patriots and liberty activists, about 200 citizens came to the meeting.  They were determined to fight sustainability and expose ICLEI:

Forum participants were asked to form discussion groups to share ideas regarding water conservation, greenspace parks and energy efficient buildings to save money. City staff would then take those recommendations to implement in a grass roots community plan, Entz said.

“We’re telling you we don’t want to do that. We want to talk about sustainability — its history — where it comes from,” Edmond resident Robert Semands said amid widespread applause.

The city community development director, Shannon Entz, tried to move the meeting back to sustainability but was not able to prevail.  Anti-ICLEI flyers were distributed; all but one of the the speakers asked the city to withdraw from ICLEI.

That one exception came in the form of Benton Howell, a member of a local group called “Sustainable Edmond.”  He used his time at the microphone to extol the virtues of ICLEI’s preferred methods of sustainability, to promote the theory of “global warming”, and to suggest various (some credible) conservation methods for residents’ consideration.

The entreaties were on deaf ears; the usual excuses were rather given out:

“We don’t even know what you’re talking about with Agenda 21,” Entz said. “This isn’t part of our conversation at all. It’s absolutely not. We’re not part of that; we’re not interested in that.”

Semands said the language of sustainability comes from Agenda 21 which is a U.N. agenda.

“Edmond did not sign off with any international agenda,” former Mayor Dan O’Neil said.

Yes, you did, Mayor O’Neil!  ICLEI has political and foreign policy goals.  But the December 6 meeting was aborted when the audience refused to go along with the ICLEI agenda:

“We’re going to cancel for tonight and after the first of the year, we’re going to have a general forum to discuss and answer some of your questions,” Entz announced.

Another December meeting was unhelpful.  A few days ago, on March 7, about 200 citizens attended another sustainability meeting.  33 or 34 speakers again called for the City of Edmond to withdraw from ICLEI:

All but one of 34 audience members who spoke at a City of Edmond forum on sustainability Monday night warned that the city should revoke its membership with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), a sub-group of the United Nations.

No elected official attended this meeting; one citizen warned the absent city council not to expect her vote if they won’t withdraw from ICLEI:

[Gloria] Rehrig said she would not vote for any City Council candidate who supports the city’s membership in ICLEI.

Good for you, Gloria!  Maybe you should consider running for council!  The responses were predictable:

“The city staff has not requested or received any information from ICLEI pertaining to the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda 21 program,” [City Manager Larry] Stevens said.

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Sustainable Edmond member Benton Howell said sustainability is important for Edmond, the country and the world. He cautioned that emissions caused by the burning of fossil fuels and utility and carbon emissions have caused climate change, or global warming.

I recommend the city manager and Mr. Howell go to the ICLEI web site and read what ICLEI stands for.  At the end of the meeting. there was a begrudging comment that maybe people are concerned with ICLEI and Agenda 21.  Hurrah for the organized opposition to ICLEI and Agenda 21 in Edmond, OK!  I recommend that at the next election, April 5, by the way, they will do what Carroll County did – get a new city council and vote out ICLEI!



About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. little guy says:

    To all who are fighting ICLEI/Agenda 21, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    I pray that y’all will dig even deeper into this thing, as I have…you might not like what you find – especially you Christians – but the truth must be looked at, no matter how difficult that may be.

  2. Steve says:

    I just bought a 22 acre building lot in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada. We have exactly the same problems here as in the States. Everything is either a conservation area, (Ganaraska Conservation Authority) or renamed, (Oak Ridges Moraine) by zoning by-laws, in order to usurp private property rights. We are forced to seek building permits not only from municipalities at extortionist rates amounting into the tens of thousands of dollars for a simple building permit, but we also need permission from conservation authorities in order to build on only a small chunk of land while the rest of our land is off limits to us. If I own the land, then why do I need a permit? A permit is a permission to build. One seeks permission from a landlord. When did municipalities and conservation authorities became landlords of our land without paying for it? If they own the land, then why is it we are stuck paying the taxes on it. This is a clear abrogation and denial of property rights, and in its simplest form a denial to life of myself and my family, as I intend to practice subsistence agriculture on my land. They are denying me the right to life, a criminal offence.

  3. Steve says:

    Something else I forgot to mention. In most elections the majority of the people don’t vote because most instinctively know that voting and so called democracy has been usurped by the rich and influential of society. Why is it then that governments continue to be formed when the majority of the electorate vote for none of the above. Forming a government with a minority of votes from the electorate is and should be unconstitutional as the majority of people did not give them a mandate to govern. Yet these same governments loudly proclaim how democratic they are and cast stones at so called rogue and totalitarian regimes when they clearly lie, steal and oppress us just as much as any of the totalitarian regimes of the Middle East and elsewhere on the planet. Revolution, a word, a thought, an action whose time has come.

  4. If you would like to know what ICLEI is really about see their 10 guiding principles and 81 sustainability goals here: Click on the blue box about mid page titled “Get the Goals” and you will understand.

  5. Molly Jenkins says:

    I was one of those Edmond residents who spoke out vehemently against ICLEI. We do want to get rid of ICLEI, but remember Patriots, this will hardly be enough. We need to eradicate sustainable development at every level in our governments across America. Getting rid of ICLEI is only the beginning.

  6. amy says:

    Satan has hold of most of the people in power right now, and they will be defeated. Evil never wins, no matter how strong they think they are. The Isrealites defeated armies ten times their size as long as they kept their minds and hearts on God’s will. Many have given their lives in this fight, and many more will follow, but the end result will be worth it–the destruction of evil, greed and corruption. Agenda 21 is pure evil, and the minds behind it are satan’s spawn.

  7. Terry says:

    I live in Marquette, MI, and we have at least eight of these sustainability groups in a town of 19,000. We’re not officially registered with ICLEI, but the local environmental non-profits are actually writing ordinances for city-owned property. I applaud the solidarity of the people of Edmond. If only I could be as bold. I wouldn’t even know where to start.

  8. Terry says:

    Thank you, Sandy. It looks like they’re having a meeting on April 15th.


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