UN Agenda 21 – A Global to Local Action Plan, …called Sustainable Development
Property Rights Matter “unalienable” right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” - Declaration of Independence Without property rights there is no freedom or liberty.
Property Rights Matter “No person shall be…deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” - U.S. Constitution, Amendment V
What is “Sustainable Development?” “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” -1987 Brundtland Report to UN, Our Common Future “Poverty is a major cause and effect of global environmental problems.”
UN Rio Earth Summit – Agenda 21 - 1992 18,000 people attended
June 1992, George H.W. Bush signs Agreement in Rio to implement Agenda 21/Sustainable Development in U.S. June 1993, Bill Clinton signs EO creating the President’s Council on Sustainable Development to begin implementation in federal agencies. June 2011, Barack Obama signs EO creating WH Rural Communities Act enabling implementation of Sustainable Development in 16% of U.S. 1997, The U.S. Conference of Mayors creates the Joint Center for Sustainable Communities. 2001, The National Governor’s Association endorses Smart Growth advancing statewide Sustainable Development.
“Participating in a UN advocated planning process would very likely bring out many…who would actively work to defeat any elected official…undertaking Local Agenda 21. “So, we will call our process something else, such as ‘comprehensive planning’ ‘growth management,’ or ‘smart growth.’” J. Gary Lawrence “The Future of Agenda 21 in the New Millennium” – The Millennium Papers J. Gary Lawrence - Advisor to Pres. Clinton’s PCSD - Urban Strategies Leader, Arup Consulting - U.S. Smart Growth Leadership Council
Smart growth Smart streets Visioning projects Consensus Urbanist communities Public Private Partnerships Historic preservation Sustainable communities Agenda 21/Sustainable Development Uses Fuzzy Names Open spaces Walkable communities Sustainable [your state or community] Environmental justice Multi-use dwellings Greenways High density urban development units Buffer zones
“States shall resolve all their environmental disputes peacefully and by appropriate means in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.” Principle 26, UN Rio Declaration, Agenda 21 Core UN Political Philosophy U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights UN Declaration of Human Rights Amendment V: “nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation” Man’s rights are inherent to his nature as man. As such, they are unalienable. Article 17 Sec 2: “Property shall not be arbitrarily taken” Man’s rights are granted by other men. As such, they can be taken away by men.
Which Philosophy of Rights? Nature Source Individual Rights US Declaration of Independence Community Rights UN Declaration of Human Rights Purpose of GovernmentProtect the natural or unalienable rights of each individual. “That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights…” Control the individual for the greater good of the global community. “Rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations…” SummaryYou are born with rights. Government exists to protect them. You and the product of your labor belong to you. Government grants, restricts or withdraws your rights according to its needs. You and the product of your labor belong to the community.
Social Equity Economic Prosperity Ecological Integrity “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” 3 E’s
Social Equity “individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective” in the process of implementing Sustainable Development. - Harvey Ruvin Member ICLEI Exec. Committee Clerk of the Courts – Miami-Dade County Chair Climate Change Advisory Task Force Keynote Speaker at ICLEI 2010 Laws coerce individuals to give up personal wants for needs of the community
Economic Prosperity Secretary General UN Agenda 21 - Rio 1992 “...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 – Opening speech at Agenda 21 Redistribution of American wealth Free market replaced by public/private partnerships
Economic Prosperity Agenda 21 Preamble – “The developmental and environmental objectives of agenda 21 will require a substantial flow of new and additional financial resources to developing countries.” Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, Article 8 – “…equity will be achieved through implementation of the international economic order …and through transfers of resources to developing countries…” Transfer of Wealth
Economic Prosperity Public Private Partnerships PPP Tax breaks Ltd. liabilities Easy Fed. access Monopolies Subsidies Large contracts Free Enterprise High taxes Normal liabilities Ltd. Fed. access High competition High cost of money Struggle to surviv e
Ecological Integrity Rio Declaration on Environment and Development – “Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature.” -Principle 1 “To achieve sustainable development…States should reduce and eliminate unsustainable patterns of production and consumption…” - Principle 8 Nature Over Man Individual rights subordinated to nature
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Funding Sources are Impressive National NGO Akron Zoological Park Association of Zoos and Aquariums Atlantic Center for the Environment Center for Biodiversity and Conservation American Museum of Natural History, NY Center for Environmental Legal Studies Center for International Environmental Law Center for Plant Conservation Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Park Chicago Zoological Society Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Earth Day Network Environmental Defense Fund Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability George Wright Society Global Institute of Sustainability National Parks Conservation Association National Wildlife Federation National Heritage Institute Ocean Conservancy Smithsonian Institution St. Louis Zoological Park The Heinz Center The Nature Conservancy The Pew Charitable Trusts The Wildlife Society United Nations Foundation Wildlife Alliance Wildlife Conservation Society World Wildlife Fund – US Zoological Society of San Diego Affiliates US Department of State National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration US Department of Commerce US Department of Agriculture Forest Service US Department of the Interior
5 Steps to Protect Your Rights 1.Refuse federal or state money for new Sustainable Development programs and transition out of existing ones. 2. Avoid partnerships with the federal government, NGOs, foundations, and corporations that advance the anti-liberty Sustainable Development agenda. 3. Understand your role in the community as a public official: to administer government in a manner that protects individual liberty and ensures equal justice. 4. Know and apply the US and your state’s Constitution to which you swore an oath. Pay particular attention to Article 1, Section 8 and the 9 th, 10 th and 14th Amendments of the US Constitution. These address the limits on federal power and on the states’ police power. 5. Hold all government employees accountable to honor their signed oath to protect our individual rights.
Conclusion Our local communities are in peril because a small group seeks to convince us that unless we surrender our property and freedoms; unless we subsume our individual rights to the good of the community, the planet will not survive. Yet, this is a false choice. For over 200 years Americans have protected our planet, our nation and our liberties. As communities, we can pull together to create our own plans to improve the environment without the control of international groups and the seductive lure of easy federal grants. Together, we can save our environment, and keep our rights and freedoms. That is the real choice.
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