By Michael Shaw
August 10, 2008
A Closer Look at Sustainable Development
In Santa Cruz we began to expose these ideas to the citizenry by taking the issue of Sustainable Development Agenda 21 to the councils that were implementing it. We would routinely encounter mockery, “Oh, you conspiracy theorists!” Well, they don’t do that any longer because it’s become quite evident when you look at the United Nations own website. There you see that Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development is a program being implemented by the international political machinery.
Here is the United Nations home webpage for Sustainable Development/Agenda 21.
The Earth Summit for Agenda 21 was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. This conference formally unleashed Agenda 21 on the world and the USA.
I sat on “Santa Cruz Local Agenda 21” committees in the mid 90’s. There were a lot of crazy ideas present:
• Mother Earth’s surface wasn’t to be scratched by tractors or anything hoofed,
• Human beings were to be concentrated into human settlement zones,
• Transportation systems were to limit human mobility,
• Educational systems were to focus on the environment as the central organizing principle.
All aspects of life were covered. There were committees on:
• Agriculture (communal),
• Bio-diversity ‘protection’,
• “Sustainable Development” education,
• Energy restructure and limitations on energy use,
• Government housing also known as “affordable housing,”
• “Population control” initiatives,
• Public health,
• “Social” justice,
• Transportation (trails and rails),
• Jobs - government managed assignments,
• And a “viable economy” - centrally managed.
I attended some of these meetings at the request of some people who told me that I needed to understand what was going on. I came back and I said, “This is craziness. This is so silly. Agenda 21 has no chance of taking effect.”
Well, I was wrong. In early 2001, councils and committees began popping up all over Santa Cruz County. They ranged from ‘watershed councils’ for every small dabbling creek to ‘fire safe councils’ which were in fact directed by the federal Department of Interior.
Fire chiefs were manipulated and used to impose a county wide ‘habitat conservation’ program.
This would keep some land owners from walking on their property during the mating season of the red-legged frog or long-toed salamander. Homeowners associations were suddenly changing their by-laws. They eliminated Robert’s Rules of Order and turned to ‘Stakeholder’ and ‘Consensus’ forms of governance.
“Visioning” sessions were held. The newspaper, a compliant partner in this dynamic, began to propagandize the benefits of reshaping County infrastructure. People were to become less reliant on cars as tax dollars were to be directed away from roads and toward rails and trails. Dense, heavily subsidized and government designed, controlled and managed housing was to be built along mass transit corridors.
On further investigation, it was discovered that in 1997 the County Board of Supervisors had quietly accepted the provisions of local Agenda 21 as a guide for local policy making. Looking a little more deeply, we found that in 1990, Santa Cruz had passed what was then called The Decade of the Environment (Measure C). This read exactly as did the Rio Accords--which were not released on the world until two years later!
So we see that Santa Cruz has been a laboratory for the Sustainable Development dynamic for a long while. Santa Cruz is now feeling the real consequences of Sustainable Development intervention. We have:
• Massively high housing prices;
• Intolerable road traffic;
• Timberlands ready to burn but which by law cannot be managed (cut) by their “owners.”
• County farmers, farming rich fertile soil sitting over a huge aquifer and adjacent to a veritable rain forest, had their groundwater taken from them.
• The groundwater theft was part of a program to collectivize their farm land in furtherance of ‘sustainable’ goals.
• Only long, expensive litigation has preserved local farmer’s right to use their water rights.
Agenda 21 is a global land use, education and population control program. It is now rapidly advancing in every city, town, county and state of the United States.
Maurice Strong, a Canadian oil billionaire, was the Secretary General to the United Nations 1992 Conference on the Environment and Development. This conference is better known as The Rio Earth Summit. Most of us heard about the Summit at the time, but few knew of the details. This is when Agenda 21 - Sustainable Development was unveiled to the world.
In addressing the assembly, Secretary General Strong said the following: “Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class (meaning average Americans) involving a high meat intake, the use of fossil fuels, appliances (refrigeration), air conditioning and suburban housing are not sustainable.”
• How could anyone take that seriously! It’s bizarre.
• If we don’t take it seriously, we will all wake up one day and realize our loss of liberty!
Liberty! or Sustainable Development is a 13 Chapter serial adaptation of the transcript of Michael Shaw’s opening speech from the video: Liberty or Sustainable Development. Michael Shaw is President of Freedom Advocates.org. He can be reached at Shaw@FreedomAdvocates.org.
Prior chapters in this series include:
Chapter 1 – Understanding Liberty
Chapter 2 – The Decay of Liberty – An Illustration
Chapter 3 – Defining Sustainable Development
Chapter 4 – Liberty or Sustainable Development
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