So what is Agenda 21 exactly?
In a short form it is much like the report by the special rapporteur on the “right to food” in that it is an attempt to end national sovereignty and bring about socialism. Of course this means handing over plenty of power to global bodies. Here is recommendation 52 from the UN report Resilient People, Resilient Planet issued earlier this year. The report is on sustainable development.
Governments should consider creating a global sustainable development council to improve the integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development, address emerging issues and review sustainability progress, with meetings held on a regular basis throughout the year.
While the claim is that Agenda 21 is all about the environment it is not. As is so often the case environmentalists use their cause to advance something much bigger, a reorganization of society.
Here is part of the summary of that report which shows the people behind it see this as something much greater than “sustainable development.”
• Delivering on the fundamentals of development: international
commitments to eradicate poverty, promote human
rights and human security and advance gender equality
• Advancing education for sustainable development, including
secondary and vocational education, and building
of skills to help ensure that all of society can contribute to
solutions that address today’s challenges and capitalize
Here’s a quick question, why is an international planning body of the United Nations concerning itself with a very local issue like education? If this is about the environment why are the priority areas gender equality and human rights?
Now Agenda 21 is supposed to be specifically about having local planning work on sustainable development. Does it bother you that the United Nations is trying to get involved in planning at the local level? They want specific land use policies in place, they want specific urban development plans in place.
All these plans and ideas that seem to appear from your local city hall but were never discussed but then magically appear as the must do item for sustainable development – well those likely come from Agenda 21. Right now there are 30 Canadian members of what is called ICLEI, a membership group of Agenda 21 communities. Your town may be one of them.
While it sounds harmless it might not be. Sure we all want whatever development we have to be sustainable but those that throw around this term sustainable development aren’t actually speaking the same language as those who take that term at face value. As I’ve shown above the term means so much more.
The other day Lorne Gunter wrote about property rights and especially the erosion of those rights for land owners in Alberta. I think that is related to Agenda 21. The Alberta government is using restrictive land use laws and regulations to make sure they control what you do on your own land.
We’ll have more on this later. In the meantime, here is an American explanation of what the implications of Agenda 21 will be.