Agenda 21. what is it? I’ve seen passing mentions of this topic and have done some initial investigations on the subject and until now, haven’t really thought much about it. This morning Agenda 21 arrived 90 minutes up I-25 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, at a town hall meeting.
According to the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Division for Sustainable Development, Agenda 21 is:
“Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment. Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the Statement of principles for the Sustainable Management of Forests were adopted by more than 178 Governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992.”
Agenda 21 a non-binding United Nations document signed by the U.S. and more than 100 other countries in 1992, has been mostly under everyone’s radar, the appearance of a foothold into local city planning documents has brought the U.N., and it’s plan front and center again.
Cheyenne resident Brad Harrington spoke at the town hall meeting. He detailed to the county commissioners the link, intentional or not, between Agenda 21 and the city and county’s planning document, PlanCheyenne, and the Unified Development Code approved by the Cheyenne City Council. In reviewing the language of the documents, Harrington said the city introduced and thereby made the non-binding international document law on the local level.
This is not the first time Agenda 21 has made its way into local politics and city planning. In march of 2011, Agenda 21 policies of advancement of sustainable development as defined by the United Nations Division of Sustainable Development, found their way into the Cobb County, Georgia, Comprehensive Plan. Politically correct phrases such as, Sustainable Development and Smart Growth have become the rallying cry of the growth or lack thereof in our cities. Those promoting these policies insist that we must change our lives, give up driving, and live in crowded multi-use buildings, and travel by train and bus lines, in order to save the planet from the scourge of global warming.
Our elected officials, both Democrat and Republican, have, for the most part become spokespeople for this type of change. Lest we forget, President Obama stated in a campaign stop in 2008, “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
Now four years later it appears that transformation is beginning to take hold.