The extent to which Agenda 21 and the PCSD have influenced public policy in America is truly astounding, especially since there has been no Congressional debate, definition of “sustainable development,” or authority for its implementation.
“To go as we go and do as we do” describes the individual freedom that arises from a government that is empowered by the consent of those who are governed. Such actions are clearly “unsustainable,” according to HUD, which is operated by non-elected individuals, unaccountable to those who are governed. Euston further describes the sustainable communities his “Agenda for Sustainability” intends to create:
“Sustainability is a fresh ethical paradigm for science, for society and for every responsible and concerned individual. It is a shift required of modern society as a whole. There will be the linking up of networks of communities of varied sizes within quite varied and multiple regional contexts, such as `Community Constellations’ linked by compacts based upon common interests. Between the communities will be rural landscapes — highly functional landscapes — based upon entirely fresh understandings of landscape ecology.
“For this hopeful future, we may envision an entirely fresh set of infrastructures that use fully automated, very light elevated rail systems for daytime metro region travel and night time goods movement; we will see all settlements linked up by extensive bike, recreation and agro-forestry `E-ways’ (environment-ways); for most communities transit, walking and bikes become people’s preferred choices because they work and because people want it that way. We will be growing foods, dietary supplements and herbs that make over our unsustainable reliance upon foods and medicines that have adverse soil, environmental, or health side-effects (urban gardening, suburban edible landscaping, urban-rural truck farming and community-supported farming); less and less land will go for animal husbandry and more for grains, tubers and legumes. Gradually, decent standards of equity will be in place for women, for children and for the disadvantaged.
“At all levels of governance there must be commitment to the integration of society’s social, economic, and ecological objectives. This local rebalancing can be done within the dictates of natural ecology, and this task has become civilization’s central challenge — an enterprise termed here `Sustainable Community Development.'”
Euston’s vision, which is the vision of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, did not arise from those who are governed, expressed through a publicly debated law enacted by duly elected representatives of those who are governed. His vision emerged from United Nations agencies, codified in Agenda 21, refined by the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, and is now being implemented in Missouri, and across America, not by state legislatures and county commissioners, but by “Visioning Councils,” and “Stakeholder Councils,” consisting of non-elected individuals who are not accountable to those who are governed.
Another objective is to create “Sustainable neighborhoods – Support residents in the creation of self-sufficient neighborhoods.” HUD’s vision of a “Sustainable Community,” is discussed above. The PCSD says:
“…provide incentives for regional collaboration on issues such as transportation and land use, that transcend political jurisdictions. Develop design tools [which] include model building codes; zoning ordinances; and permit approval processes for residential and commercial building, use of recycled and recyclable building materials, use of native plants that can reduce the need for fertilizers, pesticides, and water for landscaping. Adopting and applying urban management guidelines in the areas of land management, urban environmental management, infrastructure management, developing local strategies for integrating decisions on land use and land management. To improve the social, economic, and environmental quality of human settlements, countries should adopt the monitoring guidelines adopted by the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (HABITAT)….”
Congressman John Boehner (R-OH) discovered an internal memo within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), prepared by Michael Shelby in EPA’s Office of Policy, Planning and Evaluation. The memo set forth 39 measures that could be implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, without Congressional involvement.
When the President signed the New Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) into law, more than 700 counties instantly fell into “non-attainment,” which authorizes the EPA to implement whatever measures it chooses to force those counties into compliance, without Congressional involvement.
U.N Agenda 21 Blueprint to advance Sustainable Development agreement.
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NGO – The World Resources Institute (WRI), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Maurice Strong’s Earth Council (EC), and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), represent the international NGO leadership
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ICLEI – International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) . ICLEI is a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Toronto, Canada. Requested to involve Countries in the U.N Blueprint to advance Sustainable Development agreement
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Partnering organizations (two for the purposes of this document)
Pacific Northwest Region:
National Wildlife Federation
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Communities – be it City or County under the guise of Backyard Wildlife Habitat Certification