Friday, April 19, 2013, by Faith Bussey, Opinion Arlington Editor
Have you ever asked a City Council member if they have heard of Agenda 21? If you have, you might hear a response such as, “Well, that’s a U.N thing or a Federal thing, and it doesn’t have anything to do with cities or local governments.” This is precisely the answer I was given last year by a member of the Arlington City Council. She was convinced that it had nothing to do with local policies and sounded shocked when I explained how some non-political organizations have been targeting cities, townships, and counties all over the United States with Agenda 21’s policies.
The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives or ICLEI has been one of the primary organizations openly pushing Agenda 21 through so-called “sustainable” development, public-private partnerships, and regional development schemes. Even though Arlington mysteriously dropped its membership from ICLEI a few years ago, the connection between ICLEI and the City of Arlington remains. In a 2012 ICLEI USA sustainability progress report, they list the most “exciting and forward-thinking climate and sustainability initiatives.” Second on this exciting list is the City of Arlington with its Green Team program which “focuses on commercial sustainability and challenges Arlington businesses to go green by making sustainability decisions from a set of menu choices.”[i]
While Agenda 21 propagandists preach about making the planet a healthier, better place to live, according to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2012, the goal of climate change and sustainability initiatives is “a complete transformation of the economic structure of the world.”[ii]That does not sound even remotely related to helping the environment. That sounds like a well-devised plan to redistribute wealth.
Agenda 21 initiatives in local governments have done little more than cause a greater, unnecessary financial burden for tax payers who end up shouldering the cost for idiotic “green” projects and developments. For example, the Mayor of Arlington was the prime mover in getting a $65 million bicycle plan passed in the city—a plan to facilitate the conversion of Arlington to a city of bicycles. Another Agenda 21 initiative involves “green” watershed and sewer programs that ignore the property owners’ rights to the land because of pseudo-scientific experiments generally conducted by regional planners. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are wasted every year by regional planners (our own NCTCOG) to determine the environmental impact of projects and citizens’ behavior and to promote “environmental justice.” All of these examples can be found on the U.N.’s website as part of Agenda 21.[iii]
There are finally more cities and states that are wising up to the subversive tactics and erosion of private property rights that stem from Agenda 21 policies. The State of Alabama was the first state to pass a bipartisan bill banning all political subdivisions from adopting or implementing policy recommendations “that deliberately or inadvertently infringe or restrict private property rights without due process, as may be required by policy recommendations originating in, or traceable to ‘Agenda 21.”[iv] Missouri is expected to sign a similar law into effect soon. Arizona passed a bill in their Senate, and many more States and Counties have passed resolutions opposing Agenda 21 including: Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota, Washington, Oklahoma, Iowa, Texas, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Arkansas.[v]
Unfortunately, Arlington has a Mayor and a City Council that are either uninformed or openly advocating for policies originating from Agenda 21. It would behoove the citizenry of Arlington and every city in the U.S. to do their own homework on the subject. Then pick up a phone and educate your Mayor and Council.