The other day I was at lunch with my INTJ friend, and I mentioned how some friends’ kids in middle school were taught a lot of environmental topics; he shook his head and mentioned something about Agenda 21. I had heard about the term before, but was not thoroughly familiar with it, so I decided to do some research.
It turns out Agenda 21 is a 20-year old political idea, a non-binding, voluntarily (ha!) implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development. It was presented at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. It is an action agenda for the UN, other multilateral organizations, and individual governments around the world that can be executed at local, national, and global levels. The “21” in Agenda 21 refers to the 21st century.
If you Google “Agenda 21,” you’ll find a lot of polarized information; right-wing sites like Lew Rockwell and the John Birch Society will speak of conspiracy, and Glenn Beck has written a popular novel on it; On the other hand, other sites will report the whole thing as a hoax.
Those who bring up the word conspiracy, however, are not all right-wing nut jobs. I came across the site Democrats Against U.N. Agenda 21, which highlights how the “voluntary” action plan of Agenda 21 is being implemented at the local lever through fuzzy, positive sound bites like “smart growth,” “sustainability,” and “high-density urban mixed use.”
Through this site, I found out that one of the spokespersons against Agenda 21 is Rosa Koire, who the farthest thing from a right wing nut; a pro-choice, lesbian democrat who works as a real estate appraiser, she has first-hand experience on how local governments are implementing the action plan of Agenda 21 in nearly every town in America.
There’s a YouTube video of her discussing the whole thing; it’s an hour and a half long, but worth watching; she talks about how cities are using redevelopment, eminent domain, smart growth, and other “consensus” ideas to draw people away from their house with white picket fence in the “unsustainable” suburbs to pack them in cities. She’s become such an expert on the topic she’s written highly-praised book on it, titled Behind the Green Mask: U.N. Agenda 21.
In her YouTube video, she mentions a book by Chris Norby titled Redevelopment: The Unknown Government, available for free online in PDF form, which explains the details of how local governments use redevelopment to pack people in inner cities, away from suburbs.
For some people, this might not be a big deal; they don’t see a problem with the idea of getting people to move into cities; on the contrary, you have some benefits: less traffic, less time wasted commuting, more fun and entertainment, more time for art and theater.
No problem with that, per se. If people like Koire are right, however, this is not an organic process sprung from the free choice of people with full understanding of what’s going on; it’s a an action plan devised by a political body based on hotly-debated climate science, a plan that is being implemented by local governments with less than transparent means that are dangerously close to manipulation.
If you then are the kind of person inclined toward a conspiratorial view of things, this “resettlement” plan — coupled with the recent political attempts to use the latest cases of mass shooting to push gun control and confiscation laws — is enough to bring back memories of dangerous political precedents; no need to mention names, just think about European ghettos where certain less-than-fortunate ethnicities were confined unarmed waiting for a “final solution.”