Is the movement against Agenda 21 fertilized by astrofoil? If the U.N. can’t be trusted, and they certainly can’t always, does that mean moves towards sustainability and permaculture should be opposed? Lloyd Alter writes at TreeHugger:
Agenda 21 is a pretty innocuous 20 year old document that calls for “sustainable development.” ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability helps local governments build capacity and share knowledge about sustainable development. It is all pretty mild stuff, yet across America, it, and the very word sustainability, are under attack. However, a recent survey showed that most people never heard of it and only 6% say they are against it. so why are politicians from State governments up to the National Republican Party and Presidential candidates like Newt Gingrich make such a big deal of it?
” People don’t wake up in the morning sweating bullets about the United Nations.”-Robin Rather
Robin Rather of Collective Strength, who commissioned the survey, says ” I genuinely believe the Agenda 21 phenomenon is highly manufactured. It’s not out there in the mainstream.”
Robin lives in Austin, Texas and has a lot of family who are Tea Party members. She respects and agrees with a lot of what they say. But she says “they don’t wake up in the morning sweating bullets about the United Nations. Their anger is directed at Washington.” Yet the scale of the Agenda 21 campaign is enormous. Who is manufacturing it? Robin continues:
Usually when you listen to complaints like those of Tea Party members, there are different inflections, a much wider variation. But this isn’t organic and local, the same talking points come up everywhere. They are being played and used. The whole campaign serves no interest to anyone who isn’t trying to ensure that we keep burning as much fossil fuel as we can for as long as possible.
“The UN’s Local Agenda 21 program may already be in your local community, through your home town or city’s membership in ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. Agenda 21 seeks for the government to curtail your freedom to travel as you please, own a gas-powered car, live in suburbs or rural areas, and raise a family.”- Arthur Thompson, John Birch Society.
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The full text of Agenda 21 can be read here.