Monday, November 26, 2012

Agenda 21: Buzz Words.

We're going to put together a series on Agenda 21 issues and how they have slowly been allowed to creep into our cities and schools throughout the United States including here in Arizona.  For those who aren't familiar with Agenda 21, here's a quick summary:

Agenda 21 is a "non-binding," voluntarily implemented action plan of the United Nations with regards to sustainable development. It is a product of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, in 1992. It is an action agenda for the UN, other multilateral organizations, and individual governments around the world that can be executed at local, national, and global levels. The "21" in Agenda 21 refers to the 21st century. It has been affirmed and modified at subsequent UN conferences.
In the United States, over 528 cities are members of ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives), an international sustainability organization that helps to implement the Agenda 21 and Local Agenda 21 concepts across the world. The United States has nearly half of the ICLEI's global membership of 1,200 cities promoting sustainable development at a local level.

(Arizona cities who are a part of the ICLEI include Chandler, Flagstaff, Goodyear, Tempe and Tucson.  Mesa Mayor Scott Smith who is currently the Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (a partner of the ICLEI), signed off on a "climate change compact" in October 2009.
"...The mayor of Mesa, Arizona became the 1,000th leader to sign on to a climate change agreement under the United States Conference of Mayors."
  In signing the compact, local leaders commit to urging federal and state governments to enact policies and programs to "meet or beat the greenhouse gas target suggested for the United States in the Kyoto Protocol: a 7% reduction over 1990 emissions levels by 2012.

Just so you are aware, other local mayors who have signed the compact over the years include:

John Insalaco - Apache Junction
Ronald Oertle - Bisbee
Jackie Meck - Buckeye
Jack Hackim - Bullhead City
Joseph Donaldson - Flagstaff
Steven Berman - Gilbert
James Cavanaugh - Goodyear
Paul Loomis - Oro Valley
Bob Barrett - Peoria
Phil Gordon - Phoenix
Robert Walkup - Tucson
Allen Affeldt - Winslow

Trust us.  You'll discover that the Arizona mayors aren't the only ones who have signed on to the scam.

Here is a list of Agenda 21 buzz words so that when you see them, you will be able to easily recognize them as being part of the Agenda 21 "agenda."  When you see the words, keep these translations in mind:

sustainability = government control
equity = socialism
democracy = majority-approved theft
public education = government indoctrination centers
consensus = different opinions are not to be tolerated
growth management or smart growth = stack ‘em and pack ‘em housing
comprehensive planning = deprivation of property rights

(most common **)
agro ecosystems
carbon footprint
citizen organizations
community exchangement
community focused exposure
community planning
comprehensive planning
environmental justice **
food deserts
food justice **
growth management
human impact
livability **
livable cities
local visioning
new urbanization
public-private partnership
quality of life
resilience **
smart growth
social equity **
sustainability **
sustainable development **
think impact
urban absorption
urban ecosystems
viability **
visioning councils
wildlands projects