The Huffington Post reported February 7 on the nationwide effort of The John Birch Society to help stop the implementation of the United Nations' Agenda 21. The article focused on the Society’s website, and also on its action guide which provides advice on how to oppose Agenda 21 at the local level.
While the article does not clearly exhibit a bias against The John Birch Society or in favor of Agenda 21, it states the concerns of the Society rather matter-of-factly without outlining the evidence supporting those concerns.
Already two decades old, Agenda 21 is a United Nations plan for “sustainable development” that was backed by George H.W. Bush and 177 other world leaders. Though Agenda 21 was hatched in 1992, Bill Clinton signed an Executive Order in 1995 establishing a Presidential Council on “Sustainable Development,” which essentially provided a permanent platform for the UN plan by circumventing the approval of both Congress and the American people.
Despite Agenda 21's seemingly innocuous intentions, critics have noted that several components of Americans' way of life are at risk under the plan: private property ownership, single-family homes, private car ownership, individual travel choices, and privately-owned farms.
The American Policy Center says of Agenda 21:
According to its authors, the objective of sustainable development is to integrate economic, social and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity. Sustainablists insist that every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on three components; global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction.
Following the establishment of the Council on Sustainable Development, J. Gary Lawrence, Council advisor to President Clinton, predicted that there would be significant opposition to the program:
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 LA21 [Local Agenda 21]. So we call our process something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth.
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