Yesterday I wrote Agenda 21 Plot Exposed in the New York Times and Grist; in my volunteer work I have met all kinds of people who honestly believe that just about every planning, environmental, or preservation rule is an infringement of their property rights. They are protesting and governing in smaller towns and cities across North America. Agenda 21 is sort of a unified field theory that ties all of these issues together.
In Atlantic Cities, Andrew Whittemore, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of Texas, writes from Texas, the heart of the Agenda 21'ers movement:
It’d be easy to wholly dismiss the Agenda 21’ers, the nickname that’s stuck here in Texas for those who believe that a non-binding, 1992 United Nations action plan aimed at aiding world governments in pursuing sustainability is the source of a vast urban planning conspiracy. These individuals have interpreted the UN’s Agenda 21 as an international plot, implemented by a Town Hall near you, to herd humanity into habitation zones and save the rest for the animals at the behest of enviro-fascists and their bicycle advocate shock troops.
Whereas some planners' approach to to dealing with them is to simply remove the microphones, Whittemore suggests a more positive engagement, including embracing the language of the free market, education, and better communication. He is most convincing when he makes the point that change is sometimes actually market driven:
Who Are You Calling a Communist? Changing demographics and tastes indicate to developers the need for denser, mixed-use construction, and regulators must accommodate this trend, but Agenda 21’ers don’t like to see it. ... planners shouldn’t shy away from providing lessons on what a laissez-faire approach to development actually means. It does not mean miles upon miles of detached housing with green lawns, dependent as that is on zoning, federal mortgage insurance, tax deductions, utility subsidies, eminent domain and other expenditures involved in road and water infrastructure, and more. As Garland councilman Doug Athas explains, “If they stop to think that what they’re supporting is this very draconian system of regulation … they wouldn’t stand behind it.” Some Planning 101 is necessary.
More in the Atlantic Cities.
Alas, Planning 101 won't cut it. One could dismiss the Agenda 21'ers when they were considered seriously fringe, to the right of the Tea Party. Not so any more; they are now official policy of the Republican Party, as stated in a resolution passed on January 13.
TreeHugger Graham Hill always wanted us to stop bashing Republicans, pointing out that there are a lot of them, starting with Teddy Roosevelt, who have been part of the environmental movement and that the polarization isn't healthy for anyone. But this resolution, printed in full with my emphasis, basically rejects just about every single thing that we have ever stood for on TreeHugger. It rejects anything that even hints at sustainability. It, not Agenda 21, is evil.
RNC Resolution Exposing United Nations Agenda 21
WHEREAS, the United Nations Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control that was initiated at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992; and,
WHEREAS, the United Nations Agenda 21 is being covertly pushed into local communities throughout the United States of America through the International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) through local “sustainable development” policies such as Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, and other “Green” or “Alternative” projects; and
WHEREAS, this United Nations Agenda 21 plan of radical so-called “sustainable development” views the American way of life of private property ownership, single family homes, private car ownership and individual travel choices, and privately owned farms; all as destructive to the environment; and,
WHEREAS, according to the United Nations Agenda 21 policy, social justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment which would be accomplished by socialist/communist redistribution of wealth; and,
WHEREAS, according to the United Nations Agenda 21 policy National sovereignty is deemed a social injustice; now therefore be
RESOLVED, the Republican National Committee recognizes the destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21 and hereby exposes to the public and public policy makers the dangerous intent of the plan; and therefore be it further
RESOLVED, that the U.S. government and no state or local government is legally bound by the United Nations Agenda 21 treaty in that it has never been endorsed by the (U.S.) Senate, and therefore be it further
RESOLVED, that the federal and state and local governments across the country be well informed of the underlying harmful implications of implementation of United Nations Agenda 21 destructive strategies for “sustainable development” and we hereby endorse rejection of its radical policies and rejection of any grant monies attached to it, and therefore be it further
RESOLVED, that upon the approval of this resolution the Republican National Committee shall deliver a copy of this resolution to each of the Republican members of Congress, all Republican candidates for Congress, all Republican candidates for President who qualify for RNC sanctioned debates, and to each Republican state and territorial party office.
It is no longer just fringe, it is Republican party policy. That is very scary.