One of the new additions to the Republican Party platform is opposition to Agenda 21. In more than one place, it excoriates the UN. In one, the platform now reads, “We strongly reject the UN Agenda 21 as erosive of American sovereignty, and we oppose any form of UN Global Tax.” I’m glad they added this language to the platform, but I wonder how many people really know what Agenda 21 is.
Agenda 21 is a plan of action put forth by the United Nations that seeks to implement “sustainable development.” Nebulous government-speak terms like “smart meters,” “smart growth,” “sustainable communities,” “greenways,” and “social justice” all have to do with the UN’s Agenda 21. On the surface, they sound good. Who would not be in favor of “smart” things and “sustainability”? Why would we not be in favor of “social justice?” All sound like things we could be in favor of, but what did the authors mean by them?
At the UN’s Earth Summit in 1992, George H. W. Bush and 177 other global leaders signed the Agenda 21 protocol (soft law) and agreed with its goals. Maurice Strong was the Secretary General at this conference. He stated that “current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing, are not sustainable.”
Agenda 21 seeks to ration natural resources: Energy will be restricted based on what is “equitable” and “just” for all inhabitants of Earth. The protocol assumes that government owns all resources including food, water and land; even air. Agenda 21 initiatives will cause costs to rise because utility rates are based on consumption (“peak consumption” and “prime” hours are more expensive per unit.) Availability becomes more restricted (permitted daily “limits”, carbon credits, etc.) as resources are ruled off-limits (either “polluting” or “protected”). Homes and buildings will cost more, too: each must be built or rebuilt in a situation of escalating costs to the builders and must also meet new, expensive “green” building codes or else face hefty fines. Through this manner of escalating costs, and more, Agenda 21 seeks to transition citizens away from rural and suburban areas and into densely-built parts of cities near rail. It wants to “wean” people off private vehicles (because of “dirty” fossil fuels) in favor of public transportation like high-speed rail. Finally, say goodbye to the beach as outdoor recreational activities are restricted: the Brundtland Commission of 1987 said such practices are not “sustainable.”
“Social justice” means abolishing private property in favor of redistributed property. Here’s an excerpt from a report published at the UN’s Habitat I Conference in 1976:
Land…cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and [whims] 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. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interest of society as a whole.
According to the UN, it’s not fair that individuals own land or property. What will make it fair is if it is collectively owned. The United Nations wants to mandate global communitarianism, a form of communism. It just isn’t called that. It’s “social justice.” And the UN (and the non-government entities that do its work locally) will execute “social justice” through “sustainable development.”
These things are already happening in our own country. Over 600 cities and counties across the U.S. have become members of ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives), “an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations who have made a commitment to sustainable development.” Check here to see if your town, city or county is a member.