The Smoking Gun: The Direct Link Between Agenda 21 and Local Planners

By:  Tom DeWeese
The Smoking Gun: The Direct Link Between Agenda 21 and Local Planners

In the face of growing opposition, proponents of Sustainable Development are attempting to deny their links to Agenda 21. But there are documents that prove direct links.

When the fight started against Agenda 21, those of us working to expose it were largely ignored by the main stream media and even the established Conservative movement and its media. Too far out there, they said, to be taken seriously.
Then, as more and more Americans began to experience the dire effects of Sustainable Development in their daily lives, suddenly our message began to take hold. Today, thousands of Americans have taken up the fight. And anti-Agenda 21 activists are storming planning meetings, demanding answers. State legislatures and even some county and city governments are passing legislation against it. It seems the Agenda 21 fight is everywhere.
So, now, proponents of the Sustainable Development policy are alarmed and working feverishly to counter our claims that such controls over local development and energy policy have their roots in international policy; in particular, our claims that these planning policies come from the UN’s Agenda 21 that was introduced to the world at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992.
Their most often-used description of Agenda 21 is an “innocuous, 20-year-old document that has no enforcement power.” Continuously we hear that local planning programs, especially from such groups like the American Planning Association (APA), have no connection to Agenda 21 or the UN. It’s all local — or as the APA says in its document, "Glossary for the Public," “There is no hidden agenda.” In its “Agenda 21: Myths and Facts” document found on the APA website, the group goes to extreme measures to distance itself and its policies from Agenda 21, specifically saying “The American Planning Association has no affiliation regarding any policy goals and recommendations of the UN.”
Well, then it would be interesting to hear the APA explain information found in one of its own documents from 1994. The document was an APA newsletter to its members in Northern California (San Francisco Area). The article was a commentary entitled “How Sustainable Is Our Planning?" by Robert Odland.

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