UN Agenda 21 and ICLEI: Is "sustainable development" something the American people want?

Here’s what Maurice Strong, socialist, senior adviser to the Commission on Global Governance and driving force behind promoting the concept of “sustainability”, said when introducing the term at the 1992 Rio Conference (Earth Summit II):

Industrialized countries [Americans] have “developed and benefited from the unsustainable patterns of production and consumption which have produced our present dilemma. It is clear that current lifestyles and consumption pattern of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, consumption of large amounts of frozen and convenience foods, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work-place air-conditioning and suburban housing – are not sustainable. A shift is necessary toward lifestyles less geared to environmentally damaging consumption patterns.” Strong also explains in an essay that the concept of sovereignty has to yield in favor of the “new imperatives of global environmental cooperative.”

See statement of Maurice Strong to the U.S. Senate (7/24/2002)

What is Agenda 21?

Agenda 21 is an action plan of the United Nations (UN) related to sustainable development and was an outcome of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. It is a comprehensive blueprint of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the UN, governments, and major groups in every area in which humans directly affect the environment.

What is the goal of Agenda 21?

To further the green agenda you hear about incessantly from the left. How? The key is control of private property. The United Nations defines it this way:

“Land… cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market… The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interest of society as a whole.” This can’t be a choice according to the UN:

“Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by EVERY person on Earth…it calls for specific changes in the activities of ALL people… Effective execution of Agenda 21 will REQUIRE a profound reorientation of ALL humans, unlike anything the world has ever experienced… ” Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save Our Planet (Earthpress, 1993)

What is Sustainable Development?

The stated goal of Sustainable development (SD) is a pattern of resource use, that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come. This is one of the key PC ways Agenda 21 is pushed. According to the UN, here are a list of things that do not fit into sustainable development plans.

“Ski runs, grazing of livestock, plowing of soil, building fences, industry, single family homes, paves and tarred roads, logging activities, dams and reservoirs, power line construction, and economic systems that fail to set proper value on the environment.” -UN’s Biodiversity Assessment Report.


In the vision statement for a sustainable future, linked to the governor’s website, we’re told to “think globally and act locally.” We are in the process of becoming “global” citizens, rather than citizens of our state and our own nation. It’s a world government in the making. Read this excellent article about the "think globally, act locally" concept, which explains why it sounds good, but it actually represents a particular worldview that is hostile to free markets and friendly towards governmental intervention.

The concept of “sustainability” is, in fact, nothing less than socialism. From the time of the Rio Conference, to the setup by President Clinton of the "President's Council on Sustainable Development", to the implementation within federal (See EPA's website) and state agencies, the UN Agenda 21 plan is being implemented without most people even being aware of it, and all that it means to the "fundamental change" from individual liberty to a combination of socialism and Marxism. Today, it is being put into action by many federal agencies, state agencies, county, city and town planning departments.

For a comprehensive site about Sustainability, written by those who promote the concept, click here. Check out this site and see how fine-tined and broad-based the plans for control of the environment, the population and the resources is, and then notice the quiet march in every area to implement the ideas and plans. Rural, residential, urban. Everything is to be under the umbrella of 'sustainability.'

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs -Division for Sustainable Development - Agenda 21 - can be seen here.

The question is: Do you want to governed under the United Nations' form of global governance? Or do you want to remain a sovereign nation, governed under the Constitution of the United States of America?

Once you have reviewed, read and studied the various aspects of UN Agenda 21, you might consider these questions to raise to your elected representatives:
Questions about Sustainable Development.

Watch the following video that explains Sustainability and UN Agenda 21.


Read "Sustainable Development – A Brief Analysis" here.

The following video, although very old, will explain very well why we need
to be vigilant and understand the difference between liberty and socialism
(aka sustainable development, and UN Agenda 21)

Now in our local cities and towns
under the name of ICLEI...

ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) is facilitating the Local Government input and preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg August 2002) with the support of the UN Summit Secretariat and in partnership with major international associations of local governments, including hundreds within the United States.

The ICLEI reveals the "think globally, act locally" scheme of "sustainable development. It says: 

ICLEI is the international environmental agency for local governments. ICLEI's mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global environmental and sustainable development conditions through cumulative local actions.

According to their website: "The organization's name is 'ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability'. In 2003, ICLEI's Members voted to revise the organization's mission, charter and name to better reflect the current challenges local governments are facing. The 'International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives' became 'ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability' with a broader mandate to address sustainability issues."

Building a worldwide movement requires that ICLEI functions as a democratic, international association of local governments. Serving a worldwide movement requires that ICLEI operates as an international environmental agency for local governments.

More than 1,200 cities, towns, counties, and their associations from around the world are full Members of the Council, with hundreds of additional local governments participating in specific ICLEI campaigns and projects. As a movement, association, and agency, ICLEI continues to work towards its environmental and sustainable development goals.

The public school system is teaching kids about "sustainability" at every level. In Washington State, here are some of the examples of the curriculum:

K-12 Environment Sustainability - ESLP Public Review Draft

Here are some "sample" projects the kids are doing: (click here) and a video (notice the lack of "parents" as part of the intended audience.

Washington Biodiversity Project - Read about " The Northwest Coast’s marine and terrestrial ecosystems face myriad human-caused challenges to biodiversity conservation " under Northwest Coast Ecoregion: Biodiversity

Compare this to the UN Biodiversity Treaty, which was never passed by the U. S. Senate, yet is being implemented through the various federal and state agencies - unelected, unaccountable bodies - and "NGO's (nongovernmental organizations) like the Sierra Club. Start doing your own research - get educated.

Read stories we've posted about Sustainability, Agenda 21 & ICLEI here.

Freedom21 Alternative 
to the U.N.'s Agenda 21
Program for Sustainable Development