This June's United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UN CSD) in Rio de Janeiro will largely sidestep discussions of climate-change theories as leaders perceive the subject to be too controversial, according to summit insiders seeking ambitious and wide-ranging agreements on the world’s future. What is being touted as the biggest political gathering of the year will instead focus on framing UN “green” goals in terms of economic prosperity and environmental necessity.
Activists in Clallam County, Washington are celebrating their government's decision to pull the plug on membership in the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), a worldwide association of more than 1,200 local governments dedicated to promoting the United Nations' sovereignty-eroding sustainable development program known as Agenda 21. The county will save $1,200 in annual membership dues, but ICLEI critics say they've salvaged much more than that.
ICLEI is a threat to private property ownership and constitutional rights. So says Clallam County GOP Chairman Dick Pilling who submitted to the county commissioners in August a resolution his party passed unanimously to withdraw ICLEI membership and end Agenda 21 programs. His remarks, detailed at Citizen Review Online, include the warning that ICLEI's idea of sustainable development is to promote UN Agenda 21, a plan drafted at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. He quoted official documents stating the published agenda of UN habitat programs is to protect the environment by moving people from rural areas into cities and that "land ... cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals, [as this] contributes to social injustice."
"Have you guys really signed onto an organization that would eliminate our property rights?" Pilling asked the commissioners.
Plantation, Florida has just voted to NOT renew its ICLEI contract. That's the eighth community in eight months to take such action. Plantation joins the growing list that includes Carroll County, MD; Amador County, CA; Edmond, OK; Las Cruces, NM; Spartanburg, SC and Albemarle, VA. This is wonderful, positive news, indicating that more and more elected officials are starting to hear our arguments against this wrenching transformation of our country. For the first time I'm getting calls and letters from elected officials asking for more information. I am getting invitations to appear on new radio shows that have never aired this issue before. In June, I was contacted by the Glenn Beck show as he prepared an entire program on Agenda 21. He even linked APC information to his blog. I've now been contacted by one leading presidential candidate, along with a possible major donor who is considering helping us fund the fight. In addition to all of that, daily I hear from an ever growing list of activists working in their communities to stop Agenda 21. A revolution is certainly under way across the country.
However, as we are gaining success, we are also beginning to face stiffer resistance from the proponents of Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development.
Recently W. Cecil Steward, dean emeritus of the UNL College of Architecture (Lincoln, Nebraska), launched what can only be described as a diatribe against a talk I gave recently in Lincoln. My topic was Sustainable Development and how it is transforming out nation. In his article, Mr. Steward, rather than provide any substance on the issue, prefers instead to use words designed to paint me as an extremist playing on people’s fear.
Specifically, Mr. Steward accuses me of misrepresenting Lincoln’s local Comprehensive Development Plan, and its imposition of Sustainable Development as a “cover for a United Nations based international conspiracy.” I have worked on this issue for more than 18 years and have routinely experienced similar attacks against my message and my character in cities where I have appeared. For some reason those working to enforce Sustainable Development policies scramble to discredit me and blow a well orchestrated smokescreen to cover their work. Apparently honest debate and disagreement are not part of their plans.
A little over one year ago I sponsored the Freedom Action National Conference at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania on August 12-14. It turned out to be an historic gathering, because this was the event that essentially sparked the current national firestorm against the UN’s Agenda 21. Here activists from around the nation heard from the foremost Agenda 21 experts about why this United Nations’ policy is such a threat to American society. And from this event, those activists returned home, inspired to take on the battle to oust such policy from their local communities.
Those experts bringing the message to the conference included Michael Shaw, founder of Freedom Advocates; Mike Coffman of Sovereignty International; and myself. The three of us have been a team for more than 15 years, detailing every aspect of the Agenda 21 threat. At the Freedom Action National Conference we again teamed up to bring the very latest Agenda 21 information — including how it is being spread in community after community, the wide variety of names it hides behind, who are the perpetrators, what is ICLEI, and how Agenda 21 can be defeated.