“Rio + 20”, The Mortal Enemy of Life, Liberty & Property
Today is the last day of the LONG PLANNED “Rio + 20” Agenda 21 International Conference. The object of this summit meeting is to lay out the steps needed to complete the task of bringing to fruition a brutal monolithic global tyranny through the carefully planned “feel good” Agenda 21 program. LIKE ALL CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, Agenda 21 is built on a waterfall of lies and deceit. From the article below by Dan Peterson of “Citizens for Property Rights” here is the quotation from J. Gary Lawrence, advisor to President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development as he explained very simply the strategy of deceit:
“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 Local Agenda 21. So we call our process something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth.” 12
Keep this principle in mind in all your political endeavors. Those endeavors all come down to the protection of life, liberty and PROPERTY. Agenda 21, by direct contrast is all about depriving us ENTIRELY of life, liberty, and property. –Dean Taffel
Regarding the article below, here is a note from the author [Dan Peterson]:
This month, June 20-22, a conference called Rio+20 will take place in Brazil. This executive summary will help you understand what this conference is based upon and why it poses such a dangerous threat to the American way of life and our national freedoms and sovereignty. Everything is documented in the footnotes from original sources. Beginning, Monday, June 18, a website called http://www.CountdowntoRio.org will be put up with information regarding the origins and intent of Rio+20.
Executive Summary – The International Threat to Private Property Rights
By Dan Peterson
Private property rights continue to be under assault across America. Perhaps more alarming is the disappearance of private property altogether. This major shift away from a fundamental tenet of our nation – the right to own and use private property – is due, in part, to a plan that has been at work in the USA for the past twenty years.
That plan is called Agenda 211, meaning an agenda for the 21st century. Don’t let this innocuous title deceive you; its success is dependent on the loss of private property ownership and control in favor of public ownership and control. This plan – “a new global partnership for sustainable development” – was officially launched in 1992.
But, its official policy on land was revealed at its predecessor conference, the United Nations (UN) Habitat 1 Conference, held in Vancouver, Canada in 1976.
The conference report preamble states, “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 principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes…Public control of land use is therefore indispensable to its protection as an asset and the achievement of the long-term objectives of human settlement policies and strategies.”2
The implementation of this land policy became formalized at the 1992 UN Conference in Rio de Janeiro. Agenda 21, a three-hundred page blueprint setting the stage for the elimination of private property control (among other things) in favor of public or government control, was presented to and approved by the 172 government (including President George H W Bush). This writer’s complete reading of the plan and subsequent study produced some startling findings.
The end product of this global plan is to ensure “sustainable development,” defined as “meeting today’s needs without compromising future generations to meet their own needs.” Its comprehensiveness is outlined by the three E’s of sustainability: Environment, Economy, and Equity (Social). According to the Agenda 21 Preamble, implementing sustainable development will require “a substantial flow of new and additional resources to developing countries”1 leading to an eradication of poverty, hunger, ill health, and illiteracy.
The vision of implementing this in the US is described by the “Wildlands Project.3 According to the “Project” people will live in “human settlements” characterized by high density, “smart growth” urban living planned by organizations such as the American Planning Association.4 It will feature multi-use “green” buildings which comply with LEED ratings standards developed and monitored by such organizations as the U.S. Green Building Council.5 Mobility will be provided mainly by mass transit or “non-motorized modes of transport.” Private property and single home dwellings will be minimal and highly controlled by government. Agenda 21 calls for “the encouragement of communally and collectively owned and managed land” and “appropriate forms of land tenure that provide security of tenure for all land-users.”6
Surrounding these “human settlements” will be buffer zones. Use of land in these transitional areas will be moderate and restricted.
The rest of our nation will be “core” (wilderness) areas “where man is only a visitor.” Corridors will connect core areas. It is planned that no more than 50 percent of the American landscape will have human presence with most land being owned or completely controlled by government.
This result of this plan sounds eerily like a place where this writer spent 14 years of his adult life – Moscow, Russia. Can you imagine 16 million people in one city all living in shoddy, high-rise buildings with no single housing? Can you imagine the vast majority of those people moving about the city using one mass transit system, much of it dilapidated due to over-crowding? Most travel between “human settlements” was done by train or plane due to insufficient highways and few places to purchase gasoline. When entering or exiting the city, everyone had to clear police outposts. In lieu of “green technology,” resources were simply rationed, thereby contributing to “sustainability.” The model of living experienced there was not pleasant and it certainly was not people friendly. Ironically, despite its backwardness, the communist theme of the country was “Forward.”
Agenda 21 moves “forward” using the threat of global warming to create a sense of urgency and, thereby, speeding its implementation. This plan calls for influencing public opinion through massive “green” public relations campaigns. It calls for setting up legal mechanisms and regulatory systems to write and pass “green” laws and ordinances and then, to monitor and enforce compliance with those regulations and laws. It calls for all personnel of public education, institutes, colleges, and universities, business and industry, government administrative personnel and elected officials to be “educated” and trained in this way of thinking to expedite its implementation.7 (Note: due to a lack of credible scientific evidence, global warming is now referred to as “climate change”).
These plans should not be discounted as mere words. According to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, “Reports submitted annually by Governments are the main basis for monitoring progress and identifying problems faced by countries. By mid-1996, some 100 Governments had established national sustainable development councils or other coordinating bodies. More than 2,000 municipal and town governments had each formulated a local Agenda 21 of its own. Many countries were seeking legislative approval for sustainable development plans, and the level of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) involvement remained high.”8
Supporting this “re-orientation” of thinking and living is an elaborate network of systems including global governance via regional councils, global finance (World Bank and International Monetary Fund), international trade (World Trade Organization),global jurisprudence (World Court), internationally mandated to standards through System of Environmental-Economic Accounts(SEEA), and global systems of data, information and technology. This is not a theoretical re-organization of the planet; these systems are constantly gathering information through “assessments” and operating daily. The Agenda 21 blueprint is staggering in its comprehensive, global approach. And it has been implemented slowly but, relentlessly in the US for more than 20 years.
You might ask yourself, “How can it be something so massive has been at work in the US and I know little to nothing about this?” There are four answers.
First, the plan was signed by President George H. W. Bush in 1992 but, it was never debated or ratified as a treaty by the US Congress.
Second, the plan was implemented by President Bill Clinton in 1993 through executive order without the approval of Congress. That executive order (#12852)9 established the President’s Council on Sustainable Development and authorized it to implement Agenda 21 in the US. It included most cabinet members and a cross-section of other leaders.
Third, implementation in the US has been done through a number of NGOs10 and non-profits at the most local of levels. Notable of these is the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives11 (ICLEI – also known as Local Governments for Sustainability). With little to no fanfare or media attention, this NGO in particular and others (such as APA and USGBC) have initiated this strategy in thousands of local municipalities and counties simultaneously influencing education, regulation, government, business, industry, law, etc. In the US alone, ICLEI claims 550 member cities and counties. Florida members include Tallahassee, Orlando, Key West, Alachua County, and Miami-Dade County just to name a few. Globally it’s more than 1200.
The fourth reason can be found in the language created and used to mask the real intent of Agenda 21. To enhance public appeal an entire set of specialized jargon has been developed to sound warm, harmless, and reasonable. The jargon includes expressions such as “new economy, social justice, quality of life, consensus, regionalism, public-private partnership, stakeholder, affordable housing” just to name a few. And, who could be against such things? Individually, they can have positive impact. But, when the end purpose is considered, their collective implementation erodes our freedoms and rights.
Please listen to J. Gary Lawrence, advisor to President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development as he explained how to elect public officials supporting Agenda 21. He said, “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 Local Agenda 21. So we call our process something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth.” 12
June 20-21, 2012, again in Brazil, the UN will sponsor the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Extending Agenda 21 through its new name, The Millennium Project, the conference will call for “a fundamental shift in the way we think and act.” The primary goals of the conference will be to renew political commitment for sustainable development, defining a “green economy” and establishing an institutional framework for sustainable development. Proposals to be considered include “$2.1 trillion in wealth transfers from rich countries to poorer ones in the name of fostering green infrastructure, climate adaptation, and other green economy measures.” Other issues for consideration will be new carbon taxes for industrialized nations and encouraging the leveling of the playing field between brown technologies and green technologies through price increases derived from agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and other kinds of land and water use incentives.
In the executive summary of a report, “Working Towards a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy, A United Nations System-Wide Perspective,” the UN’s Issue Management Group on Green Economy calls for transforming the global economy by requiring action at the local level (e.g., through land use planning), at the national level (e.g., through energy-use regulations), and at the international level (e.g., through technology diffusion).13
Obama Administration officials are supporting the use of public funds to enable this conference to be virtually participated-in via the internet. It is no secret the President favors the transition to a “green economy” having promoted the policy of cap and trade, by limiting our nation’s ability to drill for our own fossil fuel resources, and approving billions of dollars to be given to “green” energy companies such as Solyndra, etc. In fact, looking through the prism of compliance with Agenda 21 and the Rio+20 agenda, many of the Obama Administration’s policy decisions – even those which seem politically suicidal – begin to make sense and find some logical footing.
These disturbing policy trends in our nation reinforce and accelerate the transition underway from private to public ownership and control of land. In Florida, more than 40 % is already owned or controlled by government. Authur Lee, an American patriot and colonist in 1775 said, “The right of property is the guardian of every other right, and to deprive people of this, is in fact to deprive them of their liberty.”
Is Agenda 21 the greatest threat to private property ownership, property rights, and liberty today? It could be. For years it has flown under the radar, and now urgently needs critical investigation, public exposure, and evaluation. One thing is certain; it has cost billions over the years and brought our nation under an enormous burden of regulation and restriction.
Thomas Jefferson is credited with saying, “The price of Freedom is eternal vigilance.” The continuance of liberty and the American way of life demands such vigilance. Private property is key to maintaining American exceptionalism and prosperity. The erosion and elimination of private property rights only serves to weaken and reduce us to the status of “one of many.”
Despite the lofty sounding ideals of those favoring communally owned and managed property, history exposes repeatedly the fallacy of public ownership and management. Under appropriate regulation, private owners will nearly always use land in a more husband-like manner than government. Private ownership and management lead to a broader and more equitable prosperity, higher employment, less financial deficit, and greater efficiency. To abandon these foundations is to abandon America.
1 The Agenda 21 text; http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/
2 Preamble agenda item 10 (d); http://www.un-documents.net/van-plan.htm
6 Agenda 21, Section I, Chapter 7.28
7 Agenda 21, Section I, Chapter 7.45
10 Agenda 21, Section I, Chapter 7.21
12 The Future of Local Agenda 21 in the New Millennium, June 29, 1998
Dan Peterson is the Executive Director for the Coalition for Property Rights (CPR). He is the author of the training seminar, “The Effective Advocate.”
CPR is a movement of property rights advocates of more than 3,000 members. CPR’s mission is to educate, advocate, and activate others to promote and protect private property rights. Founded in 2001, CPR is headquartered in Orlando, Florida.
Agenda 21: Conspiracy Theory or Real Threat?
Amy Hale & Rachel Alexander
Americans are so focused on Congress and Obama at the federal level of government right now that most are overlooking the socialism creeping in at the local level through Agenda 21. It is easy to overlook local government since people are saturated with too much information in the internet age. Compounding this is the fact that Agenda 21 is a dull topic, and it becomes understandable how it has been able to fly mostly under the radar since 1992, slowly working its way into our cities and counties.
Agenda 21, which reportedly means an agenda for the 21st century, is a United Nations program launched in 1992 for the vague purpose of achieving global “sustainable development.” Congress never approved Agenda 21, although Presidents Obama, Clinton and George H.W. Bush have all signed Executive Orders implementing it. 178 other world leaders agreed to it in 1992 at the Rio Summit.
Since then, the U.N. has mostly bypassed national governments, using Agenda 21’s International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (“ICLEI”) to make agreements directly with local governments. ICLEI’s U.S. presence has grown to include agreements with over 600 cities, towns and counties here, which are now copying the land use plans prescribed in Agenda 21.
Some conservatives are trying to attract attention to Agenda 21 by labeling it a secret conspiracy to create a one world government. While that will wake some people up, it will turn off others. It does not matter whether it is a conspiracy or not.
There are people on the left side of the political spectrum – who may even believe they have good intentions – working together to spread their vision for society worldwide. Whether they meet in dark rooms or openly in public meetings is irrelevant; they are having great success convincing local governments in the U.S. to adopt their socialist and extreme environmentalist programs under the guise of feel-good buzz words. Left wing billionaire George Soros’s Open Society has provided $2,147,415 to ICLEI. Van Jones’ Green for All and the Tides Foundations’ Apollo Alliance are also reportedly ICLEI contributors
Agenda 21 ostensibly seeks to promote “sustainability” (the latest revisionist word for “environmentalism,” since Americans have learned too many negative things about environmentalism). “Sustainability” is an amorphous concept that can be interpreted to an extreme degree that would regulate and restrict many parts of our lives. When will the level of carbon emissions be low enough? How much must we reduce our consumption of fossil fuels? Preserving the environment is a dubious science, and what steps are really necessary to protect the environment are anyone’s guess.
Agenda 21 promotes European socialist goals that will erode our freedoms and liberties. Most of its vague, lofty sounding phrases cause the average person’s eyes to glaze over, making it easier to sneak into our communities. The environmentalist goals include atmospheric protection, combating pollution, protecting fragile environments, and conserving biological diversity. Agenda 21 goes well beyond environmentalism. Other broad goals include combating poverty, changing consumption patterns, promoting health, and reducing private property ownership, single-family homes, private car ownership, and privately owned farms. It seeks to cram people into small livable areas and institute population control. There is a plan for “social justice” that will redistribute wealth.
Once these vague, overly broad goals are adopted, they are being interpreted to allow massive amounts of new, overreaching regulations. Joyce Morrison from Eco-logic Powerhouse says Agenda 21 is so broad it will affect the way we “live, eat, learn and communicate.” Berit Kjos, author of Brave New Schools, warns that Agenda 21 “regulation would severely limit water, electricity, and transportation – even deny human access to our most treasured wilderness areas, it would monitor all lands and people. No one would be free from the watchful eye of the new global tracking and information system.” Even one of the authors of Agenda 21 has admitted that it “…calls for specific changes in the activities of all people…” These steps are already being enacted little by little at the local levels.
Since the U.S. is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and uses more energy than any other country, it stands to lose the most from environmental regulations. The goal of “sustainability,” which comes down to using government to heavy-handedly accomplish vague goals of caring for the earth, goes contrary to our free market capitalism. Even more unfair, struggling third world countries and communist countries that cannot financially afford to comply with the onerous environmental regulations will continue their high levels of fossil fuel consumption, and the U.S. will be forced by U.N. regulators to conserve even more to make up for those countries.
Obama signed Executive Order 13575 earlier this month, establishing a “White House Rural Council” prescribed by Agenda 21. The amount of government Obama has directed to administer this is staggering. Obama committed thousands of federal employees in 25 federal agencies to promote sustainability in rural areas, completely bypassing Congressional approval. Some of these agencies are unrelated to rural areas. The agencies will entice local communities into adopting Agenda 21 programs by providing them millions of dollars in grants. Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh writing for Canada Free Press analyzed the order and wrote, “it establishes unchecked federal control into rural America in education, food supply, land use, water use, recreation, property, energy, and the lives of 16% of the U.S. population.”
Tea party groups, talk show host Glenn Beck, and organizations like Freedom Advocates, Catholic Investigative Agency and Sovereignty International are working hard to expose Agenda 21, but there is only so much a few can do. Some local governments have become aware of what Agenda 21 is really about and dropped out of ICLEI this year. The Carroll County Board of Commissioners, Montgomery County in Pennsylvania and the city of Edmond, Oklahoma have all withdrawn their participation.
It will be difficult to defeat Agenda 21 because it requires changing the attitudes of over 600 separate localities across the U.S.
Ideally, a conservative president could roll back the executive orders implementing it, but considering Republican President H.W. Bush was a disappointment in this area that may be too much to hope for. If Republicans take over Congress they could challenge the huge power grab Obama made with Executive Order 13575 and ban Agenda 21 in the U.S. For now, local activists must champion this issue, much like Texans for Accountable Government has done, educating local boards and commissions and serving on them. Agenda 21 is a tedious and overwhelming topic, and until it can be explained in an easy-to-understand way that interests the average
American, it will be tough to beat back.
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