"Sustainable Development"--The New Code-Word for Stealth Marxism
A Brief History & Description of Agenda 21
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Agenda 21 is a plank of UN policy encouraging the globe to embrace Sustainable Development, which conservatives understand as a code word for global Marxism:
Sustainable development sounds like a nice idea, right? It sounds nice, until you scratch the surface and find that Agenda 21 and sustainable development are really cloaked plans to impose the tenets of social justice/socialism on the world. At risk from Agenda 21; Private property ownership; Single-family homes; Private car ownership and individual travel choices; and Privately owned farms.
Agenda 21 remains to many, classic Marxism which must be rejected—as the Alabama legislature did recently.
I. Evolution of Agenda 21: Journey to Sustainable Development
A. Ramsar Convention (1971)
According to the site for ANPED, the Northern Alliance for Sustainability, there were a number of International Environmental Agreements (IEA’s) which came before Agenda 21. Of the 1131 listed Agreements and Modifications, ANPED singles out a handful as significant before Agenda 21, starting with the 1971 Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat). Another site, Texans Against Agenda 21, also states that the seed agreement for Agenda 21 was Ramsar:
The movement behind Agenda 21 has a long history and isn’t limited to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. It began in 1971 with the Ramsar Convention On Wetlands, a treaty which was later put into force in 1975 and adopted by the United States in 1987. Ramsar is not officially affiliated with the United Nations, however, it works with the United Nations and many UN accredited NGO’s.
B. Earth Summit (1972)
This meeting turned into… “the launchpad for what would become known as Sustainable Development.” Here are some details (out of which later developed Habitat I):
“It is Recommended that the World Health Organization and other United Nations agencies should provide increased assistance to Governments which so request in the field of family planning programmes without delay.
It is further recommended that the World Health Organization should promote and intensify research endeavor in the field of human reproduction, so that the serious consequences of population explosion on human environment can be prevented.”
C. United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) (1973)
The stated mission of UNEP is:
To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
But according to Front Page Magazine, UNEP is a tentacle of socialism, as revealed in a recent report:
The UNEP report, known as “Global Environment Outlook: Environment for Development (GEO-4)”, covers not just global warming. It covers all dimensions of environmental deterioration that UNEP claims are imminently putting “humanity at risk”. The report warns that we are in mortal danger of passing “unknown points of no return” on climate change, the rate of extinction of species, loss of fertile land through degradation, unsustainable pressure on resources and the challenge of feeding a growing population. The report places primary blame on over-population and the “the rising consumption of the rich”. The solution requires “fundamental changes in social and economic structures, including lifestyle changes.” UNEP is serving up repackaged socialism, which one could call eco-socialism. Essentially it is saying that we have to choose between the capitalist free market or a habitable planet.
D. United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I) (1976)
The Habitat I agreement was ostensibly about human living space, but really sought to control ownership of land. Here is an excerpt:
Land is an essential element in development of both urban and rural settlements. The use and tenure of land should be subject to public control…Land…
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.
Again, socialist dogma appeared.
E. World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission) (1983)
The Bruntland Commission called for a further meeting to promote sustainable growth, named after the Chairman, Gro Harlem Brundtland, a socialist from Norway. This became the Agenda 21 conference of 1992, a meeting of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janero, Brazil. The commission boasted 21 representatives from 21 countries, including William D. Ruckelshaus former head of the American EPA and Maurice Strong, who chaired the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio.
F. Earth Summit II (1992)
The Rio Earth Summit produced several documents including: The Rio Declaration (here); Statement on Forest Principles; UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD); and Agenda 21. But Earth Summit II had a core of socialism:
The UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) which met in Istanbul, painted an alarming picture of the 21st century community. The American ways-free speech, individualism, travel, and Christianity-are out. A new set of economic, environmental, and social guidelines are in. Citizenship, democracy, and education have been redefined. Handpicked civil leaders will implement UN “laws”, bypassing state and national representatives to work directly with the UN.
III. Agenda 21
Agenda 21 is the innocuously named 40-part United Nations plan to help promote global “sustainable development.” The Agenda was later ratified by the US House in the October 2, 1992 session, as HC 353, “a resolution calling for the U.S. to assume a strong leadership role in implementing the sustainable development recommendations of the Rio Earth Summit including Agenda 21.”
IV. Analysis of Agenda 21
There are 27 “Principles,” and 40 chapters which comprise the Agenda 21 manifesto. The tenor of all these are summed up as a call for international government which defers to poorer states at the cost of richer ones, as human populations are reduced to save the environment while private property rights are canceled.
Socialism is defined as a centrally planned economy in which the government controls all means of production. The whiff of socialism is strong in Agenda 21.
I have not posted the full article so please click the following link to read all the bullet points: