En: Origins of Sustainable Development and Agenda 21
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This article tells why Sustainable Development and its implementing
document, Agenda 21, came about.
Subject: Re: BEWARE OF REGIONAL PLANNING
This is an old article published in the San Jose Mercury newspaper.
It still applies and should be reprinted in every paper nationwide.
Jack has given permission for reprints of the original article.
Origins of Sustainable Development and Agenda 21
By Jack Ward
Unfortunately many individuals, businesses, and groups don't understand the
origins of Sustainable Development and its implementing document Agenda 21.
A series of chronological events will give you a better picture of how and
why Sustainable Development and its implementing document Agenda 21 came
about. Sustainable Development and Agenda 21 are based on the premise that
the environment is threatened, and only drastic action can save us.
Therefore, it is only appropriate that we start with 'Earth Day'. The first
'Earth Day' on April 22 1970. Was it a coincidence that the first Earth Day
was held on Vladimar Lenin's birthday or was this a precursor of things to
In 1972, Maurice Strong was the Secretary-General of the first UN Conference
on Environment and Development. The conference recommended the creation of
the United Nations Environmental Program. Strong
became it's Executive Director in 1973. For the next decade the UN held
numerous conferences focusing on developing a strategy supporting this UN
In 1987, The World Conference on Environment and Development was held. Gro
Harlem Brundtland, Vice President of the World Socialist Party, was named as
Chair. The Brundtland Commission Report, entitled 'Our Common Future',
contained most of the concepts of 'Sustainable Development'. The report
called on the world to attain Sustainable Development by limiting
consumption, controlling population, redistributing resources, taxing energy,
and a host of other socialistic tools meant to control people.
The Brundtland Commission claimed that most of the world's problems were
environmental issues and discovered that the environment was a
popular emotional issue that they could use to rally fellow travelers.
Environmental issues were established as the primary UN battle-cry to
mobilize the world. Most of the UN conferences relate to elements
of Sustainable Development. Maurice Strong, now a major player in the UN,
was also member of the Brundtland Commission.
Also in November 1987, Mikhail Gorbachev told his Politburo:
'Gentlemen, comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about Glasnost
and Perestroika and democracy in the coming years. They are primarily for
outward consumption. There will be no significant internal changes in the
Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes. Our purpose is to disarm the
Americans and let them fall asleep.'
and later Gorbachev wrote:
" Those who hope that we shall move away from the socialist path will be
greatly disappointed. Every part of our program of perestroika -- and the
program as a whole, for that matter -- is fully based on the principle of
more socialism . . . . We will proceed toward better socialism rather than
away from it. We are saying this honestly, without trying to fool our own
people or the world. Any hopes that we will begin to build a different,
non-socialist society and go over to the other camp are unrealistic and
futile. We, the Soviet people, are for socialism."
In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed after just over seventy years of failed
political policies. Now Mikhail Gorbachev needed a job. He quickly endorsed
the UN's Brundtland Commission report and went on the create the 'Green
Cross', a socialist environmental organization.
In 1992, Maurice Strong was the Secretary General of the U.N. Conference on
the Environment and Development. This summit (more commonly known as the Rio
Earth Summit ) set up a new UN alliance formally accepting the premise of
Maurice Strong said :
"..... It is clear that current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the
affluent middle class - involving high meat intake, consumptions of large
amounts of frozen and convenience foods,
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use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work place air-conditioning, and
suburban housing - are not sustainable. " and ... "It is simply not
feasible for sovereignty to be exercised unilaterally by individual nation
states, however powerful.
" In June of 1993, President Clinton formed the President's Council on
Sustainable Development to develop a national strategy for Sustainable
In April of 1994 Maurice Strong ( now Chairman of the Earth Council ) and
his buddy Mikhail Gorbachev ( president of the 'Green Cross' )
collaborated in creating the Earth Charter Initiative. The influence of the
'Green Cross' and 'Earth Charter' are evident in the Sustainable Development
and Agenda 21 movement.
A clue to the real purpose of Sustainable Development and Agenda 21 may
'Green Cross Earth Charter Philosophy'.
Principle 14 - 'Global Sovereignty', states :
" .... Humanity, must not be subservient to the rules of state (
national) sovereignty, demands of the free market or individual rights. The
idea of Global
Sovereignty must be supported by a shift in values which recognize this
Common Interest. "
In 1996, the President Clinton released the 'Presidents' Council on
Sustainable Development' (PCSD ) This confirmed the administrations
commitment to UN's Sustainable Development and Agenda 21 plan.
Between 1992 and 1997 the UN and the NGO's worked together to create a
blueprint for Global control. In 1997 the UN held the Rio +5 Conference.
This was a follow-up to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. The Rio +5 Forum was an
"solutions-creating" workshop for organizations engaged directly in this
The workshops formulated approaches and strategies for implementing Agenda 21
and achieving Sustainable Development. Each region was to develop a plan to
implement Sustainable Development. These plans conform to the UN Agenda 21
blueprint. The Santa Cruz Local Agenda 21 mirrors the UN blueprint. The
purpose of the Monterey Sustainable Development forum was to expand
Sustainable Development and Agenda 21
throughout the Monterey Bay area.
Santa Cruz County Supervisor Walt Symons recently wrote to a constituent :
" Please be assured that I think it ( Agenda 21 ) is the most unreasonable,
thoughtless, socialistic, non-productive piece of pseudo-policy I have ever
since I have been in office. "
Quote from Maurice Strong at the 1995 Rio Earth Conference
"..... It is clear that current lifestyles and consumption patterns
of the affluent middle class - involving high meat intake,
consumptions 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."