Ready for a little more Agenda 21? Think you can handle it? Great, that’s crack into its history.
The fundamental points of Agenda 21 were first explored in the 1970’s, as publications began to push the certainty of a coming Ice Age, along with over population fears. In 1971, the Ramsar Convention on the Wetlands was called. While Ramsar is not officially recognized as part of the United Nations, Ramsar works closely with the UN and in conjunction with other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of the UN. The convention yielded 1,131 different possible treaty initiatives that would later be absorbed by Agenda 21.
Hey, but that’s only 1,131. It’s not like it was 1,132 or anything. Then we’d be worried.
In 1972, the first Earth Summit was held in Stockholm, Sweden and was hosted by the Prime Minister Olof Palme, a member of Socialist International (shocker, right?). The term “sustainable development” the central focal point of Agenda 21 was coined during this summit.
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) was formed in 1973, with the stated mission 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.”
By 1976, the UN Conference on Human Settlements, also called Habitat 1, had proposed the following legislation that would eventually form the foundation of Agenda 21: government control of excessive profits from land use, government control of land use in order to achieve equitable distribution of resources, land use control through zoning and planning, urban and rural land control through public land ownership, redistribution of population according to resources, and developing rights being held by only public authorities.
Doesn’t that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy?
In 1983, the United Nations asked Maurice Strong, of the World Wildlife Fund and Oil for Food campaign, and Gro Bruntland (seriously, her name is Gro), the former Prime Minister of Norway and Vice President of the World Socialist Party, to form the World Commission on Environment and Development in order to produce a report on how to fix poverty.
That report once finished was published under the title, Our Common Future, and made the claims that poverty is a cause of environment, and that certain nations (the more affluent ones) were destroying the planet. The World Commission on Environment and Development then called for another Earth Summit, which would be where Agenda 21 would be finalized and presented to the world.
18,000 people protested the second Earth Summit held in Rio de Janerio, in 1992. Maurice Strong like we showed on Monday, was the opening speaker and said, “It is clear that current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class involving high meat intake, consumption of large amounts of frozen and convenience foods, use of fossil fuels, ownership of motor vehicles and small electrical appliances, home and workplace air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.”
After the Rio Earth Summit, US President George Bush Senior signed the Rio Declaration, another term for Agenda 21, into law as a soft treaty. The next year, US President Clinton issued Executive Order 12852 into law, creating the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, the PCSD, which published the book, Towards a Sustainable America. The President’s Council on Sustainable Development was ordered to “harmonize” US environmental policy with UN directives as outlined in Agenda 21.
In 1997, the US Conference of Mayors Joint Charter was implemented and signed by American mayors, and similar legislation was signed for US governors in 2001.
Dear Leader President Barack Obama in 2011 signed into law Executive Order 13575 Rural Communities Act, an act that increases federal power over rural lands and food production, key tenants of Agenda 21.
And there you have it, PDers. Such a conspiracy theory, right?