The Dark Underbelly of Sustainable Development: Agenda 21

23rd April 2013

By  Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for  Wake Up World

Sustainable development has been the catchphrase of the environmental movement for over 20 years and rarely are underlying motives questioned. After all, a majority of people want a healthy future, free of pollutants and global warming where the earth is protected for ourselves and subsequent generations. There is a catch, however. The underpinnings of sustainable development are rooted in Agenda 21, a body of regulations inspired by the  United Nations  (UN) “Earth Summit” conference in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. At first glance, the agenda looks beneficial and harmless — except for the fact that it sets forth a policy which strips individuals of freedom and controls private land unconstitutionally.

The birth of sustainable development

The  United Nations  conference on environment and development, often referred to as the “Earth Summit,” was held in 1992 to advance sustainable development throughout the world. Agenda 21 was born out of the summit as an international standard of policy. On the surface, the agenda appears favorable — helping to save humans, wildlife and the environment from destruction through building guidelines and proper management of natural resources. But dig a bit deeper and it will soon become apparent Agenda 21 is yet another vehicle of control.

Code officials knocking

Imagine officials representing the  International Code Council  (ICC) having access to the keys for your home and could enter the property at any time to check for code ‘violations.’ According to  Red State, the Cedar Falls City Council in Iowa approved an ordinance that will require:

Mandatory lock boxes [outside of] all commercial property including apartment buildings and Triplexes. Inside the box you have to provide keys to all entrances to the property including keys to individual apartments.

It may seem like cities such as Cedar Falls are acting locally in the best interest of their community’s safety, but in reality the lock box legislation is based on international code and regulation which has ties to  Agenda 21. If an ICC official deems a space to be in violation of Agenda 21 rules, property can be searched (easily with the provided key), heavily fined or seized at their discretion  without due process. If Agenda 21 comes to fruition, private land will be a luxury of the past and citizens will be told how they will live and where as dictated by UN guidelines.

Global rule and public lands

The UN publication, “Earth Summit: Agenda 21,” outlines every area of regulation including industry, science and technology, farming, the role of children, youth and women in sustainability, water, poverty along with demographic dynamics and human settlement development. Concerned citizens believe this framework has nothing to do with environmentalism and everything to do with control of a nation’s resources. Massive swathes of ‘public land’ will be under the command of the government who are then controlled by the policy of the UN. Many are troubled that the agenda is created by a global organization yet spoon-fed to the American public under the auspice of “local” government. If this doesn’t sound alarming enough, have a look at the “Biodiversity Map” of the United States. The legend indicates the small areas where citizens would be allowed to live under the rules of the agenda.

Seeing that Americans have a long history of pioneering spirit and independence, it might be worthwhile to consider the ramifications of Agenda 21. Does the American public truly desire regulation by a behemoth world organization or would citizens rather find solutions within the freedom of authentic, local innovation and small government?

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Carolanne WrightCarolanne enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness and joyful orientation for over 13 years

Through her website she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people from around the world who share a similar vision. Follow Carolanne on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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  • lokywoky

    I am amazed and surprised that you are using as sources some of the most discredited and outlandish conspiracy sources out there (InfoWars/Alex Jones: RedState/Erick Erickson;; etc)

    These people see a vast conspiracy by the UN to take over in a a “New World Order” everywhere. The fact of the matter is that the US completely controls everything the UN does. We have ultimate veto power in the Security Council, as you well know, we routinely withhold our dues which causes no end of problems for the UN to fund its routine daily business.

    The US is one of the only one out of two or three countries that routinely refuses to sign on to or ratify almost anything the UN does – and it has not ratified Agenda 21. although we should. We have not even ratified an agreement that states that every person has a RIGHT TO FOOD!

    So saying that Agenda 21 has a “dark underbelly” because Alex Jones or his best buddy Glen Beck or that right-wing nutjob Erick Erickson says so….

    I thought this site was better than that. You need to do better research.

    Agenda 21 is about communities coming together to find ways of working together to build a more sustainable lifestyle for all of us. It has been adopted by many communities here in the US voluntarily – and with great results. The amount of energy used in both public and private buildings has been reduced, more recycling, more community gardens, more public transportation including bicycling and carpooling, lots more creative thinking about all kinds of energy use, sustainable building practices, community planning for the future, (I guess that part is the “dark underbelly” the wing-nuts don’t like).

    • kelly

      i guess you drink fluoride and think its really great for your teeth too? Wow wake up !!