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Todd Issac “Ike” Skelton 2/6/13
Agenda 21 is in Your Community
By Henry Lamb
Anyone who reads Chapter 7 of Agenda 21, and then reads their local comprehensive land use plan will immediately recognize that most of the provisions of the local land use plan come directly from Agenda 21. More often than not, the elected officials who adopt these plans have never read Agenda 21, and many have never even heard of the U.N. document, signed by President George H. W. Bush in 1992.
The facilitators and professional planners have heard about Agenda 21, but frequently claim that the plan they are working on has nothing to do with the U.N. or Agenda 21. Don’t believe it for one minute.
Gary Lawrence, former Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at the University of Washington, and Chief Planner for the City of Seattle told an audience in London that:
” In the case of the U.S., our local authorities are engaged in planning processes consistent with LA21 [Local Agenda 21] but there is little interest in using the LA21 brand…. So, we call our processes something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth.”
In community after community, the same scenario is repeated. The federal government, through the EPA or the Department of Commerce or the Department of Interior offers special grants to communities for the purpose of developing a vision for a greener future, and a plan to convert the vision into reality. To continue reading, click here
21 signs that Agenda 21 is in Your Community
- Your community is a member of organization such as ICLEI (International City/Country Management Association) – these organizations promote the creation of sustainable communities in line with United Nations Agenda 21.
- Your community has a Sustainability Director or Department of Sustainable Development that is in charge of coordinating the planning and implementation of sustainable development policies in your area.
- Your community has a Vision, Master or Comprehensive Plan typically created within the past 5 – 10 years that promotes the three E’s of Sustainable Development (Environment, Economy and Social Equity) also known as the “Triple Bottom Line”.
- Your community supports compact, high density, mixed use, pedestrian and bicycle oriented development patterns, constructed primarily along public transit and rail corridors. This is also known as Smart Growth, New Urbanism, or Resilient Communities. These communities also promote alternative modes of transportation away from the traditional automobile toward policies which endorse and encourage public transit whenever possible to curb fossil fuel usage and lower carbon emissions. This may include the implementation of community wide Biking and Pedestrian plans.
- Your community is actively promoting healthy communities through sustainable agriculture and community gardens; encouraging a shift away from the current free market driven food system to a new locally focused, publicly incentivized sustainable food system.
- Your city or town has established an Urban Growth Boundary beyond which all development including the suburbs is considered SPRAWL and BLIGHT and is discouraged through various incentives and regulations.
- Your town has joined with local regional councils or with the state or federal government to promote Sustainable Communities Planning or to launch sustainable initiatives.
- Your community has embraced and is building the infrastructure of the new “green” energy alternatives including solar and wind farms while discouraging the continued use of other forms of energy such as fossil fuel and coal.
- Your community is placing restrictions on private landowners in the form of increased regulation and changed land use rules in order to promote farmland preservation, environmental protection and conservation of natural resources.
- Your community is working through state and local mechanisms including NGO’s ( Non-Governmental Organizations) to gain more and more control over privately owned land in order to secure it in perpetuity as shared, common “green space”.
- You find this or any similar symbol in your community’s official government documents:
- Your community belongs to the Earth Charter, the Sierra Club’s Cool Cities Initiative or the Audubon Society’s Sustainable Community Initiative or your Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement.
- Your community leaders accept manmade global warming as fact and begin to endorse policies to mitigate any actions or development that may promote global warming.
- Your community enacts an energy plan requiring govermentally predetermined efficiency standards in order to lower your community’s carbon footprint. LEED building and energy code standards for construction and development that include incentives, benchmarks and retrofitting.
- Your Local leaders begin to refer to your community as a “transition town”, a sesillient city, or as a “livable community” and begin teachin through local government and institutions a community focus on interdependence with nature, interconnectedness and globalism.
- Your local government uses the language of Social Equily; such as food justice, ecomomic and environmental justice, fairness, direct democracy, diversity, food deserts, social justice, and wealth redistribution.
- There is involvement from multiple Non-Governmental Organizations in your city’s planning involves these NGO’s and many other “stakeholders” in the collaborative, consensus-building, “visioning” process that details the plans for yur community’s future.
- Your local school systems begin promoting environmental awareness and sustainable development; with a focus on becoming environmentally literate, good global citizens. Your school may be involved with International Baccalaureate or other UN sponsored education agendas.
- Your local government authorities begin using and exceeding their constitutionally granted powers alongside private organizations to assist in the promotion of sustainable initiatives through Public-Private Partnerships.
- You see a focused and significant push toward “social equity” interfaith initiatives that promote a “one world” mentality along with community diversity, multiculturalism, sameness of faith, social inclusion and environmental stewardship.
- Your community uses language that calls for “redefining” how we determine progress and prosperity away from traditional wealth and growth measures like GDP (Gross Domestic Product) toward more philosophical non-specific ideas sucha as well being and happiness.