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GOVERNOR ANDREW COUMO TO IMPLEMENT UNITED NATIONS’ AGENDA 21 IN NEW YORK STATE VIA REGIONAL PLANNING GROUPS
09-28-2012 7:25 pm - John W. Wallace
I am sure that most Americans, including many residents of New York’s Capital Region (where I live) and other rural areas of America, have never heard of a United Nations’ program called ‘Agenda 21.’ Even if they have heard the name, they are most likely unaware that Agenda 21 poses one of the greatest threats to their individual liberty, freedoms, property rights and even their country’s sovereignty.

The Agenda 21 movement started on the international level more than 20 years ago as various international non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) combined their global plans for a new world order with their counterparts in the worldwide “green movement” to thoroughly outline an agenda that would completely change and curtail human activity on the planet. Most prominent in these plans was one written and delivered by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to the UN-sponsored Earth Summit back in 1992. It was called Agenda 21. Proponents of the ideas outlined in the original Agenda 21 plan said it was just a suggestion with no teeth for enforcement in the United States.

However, since 1992, there has been a definite correlation between the ideas set forth in Agenda 21 and a massive growth of American government under the policy of “Sustainable Development” – the exact policy outlined in Agenda 21. According to its authors, the objective of sustainable development is to integrate economic, social, and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social justice, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity. The danger is in how that is to be accomplished in the United States.

The main action arm of Agenda 21 was founded in 1990 and was called the 'International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives’ or ICLEI. It is now called ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. According to its website, ICLEI now has over 1,220 local government members who are committed to sustainable development, in 70 different countries representing over a half a billion people. There are over 600 cities, town, counties and states in the USA listed as participants of Agenda 21 on the ICLEI. If you want to know why Agenda 21 poses such a threat to our way of life in America, and who is behind it, below are quotes from three of the founders and original planners of Agenda 21:

1. “Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.” – said Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chairman, ICLEI. The Wildlands Project. (You can’t get more socialist than using the word ‘collective’ in a sentence).

2. “We must make this place (the earth) an insecure and inhospitable place for Capitalists and their projects – we must reclaim the roads and plowed lands, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness tens of millions of acres or presently settled land.” - Dave Foreman, Earth First. (He’s talking about humans who work for a living and build things - that’s you and I)

3. ‘It is clear that current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.” – Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the UN’s Earth Summit, 1992.

The creators of Agenda 21 and ICLEI believe in ‘Social Justice’ which is described as: “the right and opportunity of all people to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment.” In other words, they are talking about the ‘Redistribution of Wealth,’ and the wealth they are talking about is your wealth. The individuals and organizations behind the Agenda 21 movement look at the American people’s private property ownership and rights as a ‘Social Injustice’ since not everyone can build wealth from it. National sovereignty is also looked upon as a Social Injustice. This is all part of the Agenda 21 policy and their ultimate goal is to do away with private property rights and they want government control over all of the land, including privately owned land. The two key words here are “government control.” That is the ultimate goals of the creators of Agenda 21.

In state after state, county after county, city after city, town after town, village after village, across this great country, the same scenario is repeated. An individual, who is usually a representative of a newly created regional sustainable development organization (federally or state funded, of course), meets with local and county government officials and advises them that he or she is in the process of creating a multi-county regional planning group to create a “sustainable approach” to the development of land within their jurisdiction.

For example: New York State has recently established a framework for ten sustainable development regions, one of them is in an eight county region known as the Capital Region of New York State. Here is a link to the Sustainable Capital Region Website:

www.SustainableCapitalRegion.com

The local public officials at the county, town, village and city level are told that the purpose of this new regional sustainable development planning group is to help them create a vision for a sustainable, greener future, that will be followed up with the development of a “smart growth” plan to convert that regional vision into reality, usually via some newly created regional non-government organizational entity.

Throughout the State of New York, including the Capital Region, the promise of future funding is used to entice the elected representatives of the counties, cities, towns and villages to join this new group. The funding will come from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and will be used to create a regional sustainability plan as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s “Cleaner, Greener Communities Program.” The City of Albany has been designated to lead the planning process for the Capital Region and will provide required reporting to the state.

In other words, the goals and strategic planning for your county, city, town or village will be done by the Capital Region’s newly formed Regional Economic Development Council. The new program will give non-elected, green activists in this newly formed non-governmental organization the power to approve regional “sustainable development” projects and the funding power to create what they want, and not necessarily what the elected officials in their respective counties, cities, towns or villages want..

The Regional Council’s Planning Teams will partner with public and private experts across a wide range of fields along with community residents and other “stakeholders” (usually “green activist”), to lead the development of regional sustainability plans and to implement the projects. It should be noted that these experts and other “Stakeholders” are either getting substantial government funding to participate or hope to get it.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a fairly new public benefit corporation, will provide $100 million in funding to help New York’s 10 regions establish sustainability plans and adopt smart development practices. NYSERDA will administer the funding to regions through a two-phase competitive grant process:

Phase One provides nearly $10 million in funding to regional planning teams to create comprehensive sustainability plans or to expand the scope of existing sustainability plans. Up to $1 million per region is being awarded. Grants are awarded to a municipality (county, city, town, village, Indian tribe or nation within New York State), acting on behalf of a consortium of other municipalities located in one of the 10 regions defined by the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC).

Phase Two provides up to $90 million toward regional projects that support the regional sustainability goals identified during the planning process, and provide the greatest opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and deploy renewable energy, while improving the economic and environmental health of our communities. Phase II is expected to launch in 2013.

HERE’S WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW:

More often than not, the local elected officials who agree to participate in this type of program and who eventually adopt the plans created by this unelected regional group, have never read anything about Agenda 21, and many have never even heard of the U.N. document, signed by President George H. W. Bush in 1992 that made America a member of the program. No treaty has ever been ratified by the Senate regarding our participation in Agenda 21, but all presidents since the first President Bush have committed the country to participate in this UN program. President Obama recently created the White House Rural Council, through which some 25 federal agencies are now involved in Agenda 21 programs.

The individuals who approach the county, city, town and village governments, as part of this new regional program, know all about Agenda 21, but if asked, they will usually claim that the plan they are working on has nothing to do with the U.N. or Agenda 21.


There will usually be a “sustainable development consultant” or team that will go around a multi-county area and make presentations to local residents about the benefits of the regional approach to planning. These individuals are experienced meeting facilitators who will begin “facilitating” the process of implementing the program into the counties and local communities. The facilitator will also recruit and identify residents to become part of a local “comprehensive planning committee.” They will be carefully chosen, however, from people who represent various segments of the community, but who are also known in advance to be sympathetic to the goals of Agenda 21. These are the people who will eventually take control of the planning committee meetings, insist that certain things must be included in the plan over the objections of other committee members, and who will eventually cause well-meaning, non-political community members to leave the committee, thereby giving them de-facto control over the planning process.

Of course, the county and local government officials are unaware that by signing an agreement to participate in this new regional program, that they have actually signed onto Agenda 21 and that their town, city, village or county will now appear on the ICLEI website. Most local residents will remain unaware of the implications of the new comprehensive plan and Agenda 21 until after it is promulgated in their own backyards in the form of a regional draft comprehensive plan that is intended to supersede local planning boards and zoning laws.

Public meetings will be scheduled, but unless an individual or group of individuals actually read the document and become aware of the threat it poses to property rights, and publicizes that threat, rarely will these meetings attract the individual private property owners who will be most directly affected. Care is always taken, however, to insure that known supporters of the changes, including members of local environmental organizations and social justice organizations will be in attendance.

These public “regional comprehensive plan” meetings are designed to create a “sustainable vision” for the region. The next step is to convert an approved plan into a set of new regulations and ordinances that are enforceable with fines and other penalties at the local level. The comprehensive, regional plans are always very long and complex so that few people ever take the time to read them, with the exception of the professional planners, elected and enforcement officials. Remarkably, the “sustainable vision” for every community contains essentially the same elements: restricted auto traffic; bike trails; walkable neighborhoods; integrated housing; high density urban boundary zones; conservation areas; new building restrictions; many new citizen committees, green belts; no-build areas; view sheds; and much more – all taken directly from the United Nation’s Agenda 21.

Ironically, these regional comprehensive plans will be more insidious than if a local government took property away from private individuals via Eminent Domain. At least in Eminent Domain procedures, the property owners are usually compensated for their loss. Conversely, when regional, un-elected ‘sustainable development’ agencies implement Agenda 21 “sustainable development” comprehensive plans through the use of zoning law changes and other land use regulatory actions, they devalue property, restrict off-conveyances, and otherwise erode property values, without the payment of any compensation to the property owners.

Agenda 21 is now 20 years old. George H.W. Bush (and 177 other world leaders) agreed to it in 1992. Bush Senior was the first world leader to use the words “New World Order” – and America hasn’t been the same since. Although the U.S. Senate has rejected the Agenda 21 Treaty, President Bill Clinton signed Executive Order #12858, creating a Presidential Council on ‘Sustainable Development.’ This effectively pushed the globalist UN plan into America’s large, churning government machine without any review or discussion by Congress or the American people. More recently, President Obama created the White House Rural Council, through which some 25 federal agencies are now involved in Agenda 21 programs. As a result, with the support of several presidents and the assistance of groups like ICLEI, “Sustainable Development” is now emerging as government policy in every village, city, town, county and state.

How does Agenda 21 impact you? If you’ve purchased a new washing machine, you’ve already had some experience with it. The new eco-friendly washers provide too little water and clothes don’t get washed (or rinsed) well. If you want a decent washing machine, get one now because soon, thanks to ICLEI programs, you’ll be stuck with the eco-friendly variety - just as you've been stuck with phosphate-free laundry detergent and the new toilets that don't flush like the old ones.

Another ICLEI program – destined to be a hit with all in the future – will allow your local utility company to determine the temperature in your home through "smart grid" and “smart meter” technology. If it’s too warm, they will be able to turn your thermostat down; if it’s too cool (by their standards, not yours), they can turn the air conditioning down.

“That will never happen where I live!” You say? Well, if you go to the Agenda 21, ‘ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability’ website and find out. I found the names of two local towns, Chatham and Clermont, where I live in Columbia County NY. They were listed as members of ICLEI, as are Hunter, Saugerties, Albany and about 20 other towns and cities in New York State. Both Clermont and Chatham have since terminated their membership with ICLEI in 2012.The State of Alabama recently banned the UN’s Agenda 21 program in that State, and back here in New York State, Westchester County terminated their associated with ICLEI and Agenda 21.

The American people, along with their elected representatives, are fighting back to stop the implementation of the UN’s Agenda 21 in their communities, but the fight is only beginning. The people are organizing in New York State to stop this latest attack on our Property rights and Liberty. We will let you know how we make out. In the meantime, please visit the following websites and find out more about Agenda 21 and the “Sustainable development” scam:


Westchester County terminates Accociation with ICLEI and Agenda 21 in 2012!



State of Alabama Bans UN’s Agenda 21 in 2012!



ICLEI Website

To Educate yourself and find out about Agenda 21. Go to:

www.AmericanPolicy.org


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