Last updated June 29, 2013
What is Sustainable Development and why does it constitute a threat to freedom?
While marketed mostly as an environmental movement, the goals are all encompassing. Fully implemented, this movement would and is beginning to impact the fundamental and inalienable rights of all people – their life, liberty, and property.
As we continue to gather information about sustainable development and how it is particularly manifesting itself in Nebraska, we will deposit it here.
As with all other information, we encourage people to verify for themselves.
Just as we have shared some links here to some groups and organizations who have helpful information on their websites about this issue, we ask that if you share any information we provide that you provide a link to this website; it’s the polite thing to do.
Sustainable Development is a “global to local” initiative developed beginning in 1992 at the United Nations Conference Conference on Environment and Development in Rio De Janerio, Brazil.
The plan developed at this conference was called…
Agenda 21: The United Nations Programme of Action From Rio.
As stated on the Agenda 21 website:
“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.”
The Sustainable Development effort has been primarily focused on impacting government policy at the local level. Visible signs of this impact can be found in long-term planning efforts like “Vision 2015” and “LPlan2040” in Lincoln, Nebraska. For an example outside of Nebraska, one can look at Oklahoma’s “PlanIt Tulsa“.
Development proposals typically include a dense concentration of people in urban areas that focus on pedestrian, bike paths, and public transportation over passenger vehicles, and rewards-based recycling programs, just to name a few.
Taken separately, any of these examples may seem like worthwhile ideas. Of course the very name for the concept sounds worthy; who among us does not want “development” that is “sustainable”?
It’s important to note that like many problems we study, the push for “sustainable development” is multi-faceted and advocated for by a variety of people. Some people truly believe their advocacy is good and it is a fact that some of the concepts proposed, such as reducing waste and increasing green spaces in urban areas, are worthwhile ideas. Innovation provides many benefits to individuals and society.
An embrace of sustainable development, however, as proscribed by Agenda 21, necessitates government-controlled central planning which carries with it an attitude that a conclave of experts know what’s better for people than what they would choose for themselves.
And very many of the preferred “innovations” which receive government sanction are, at best, not ready for “prime time”, but mostly don’t provide the purported stated benefit, address a purported problem that may not even exist, or are more costly and/or detrimental than the alleged problem they are supposed to solve.
These false innovations, then, amount to policies crafted by elected officials or unelected appointees which pick winners and losers in our society and channel scarce capital away from potentially more productive uses.
Much of the problem with the sustainable development agenda beg an answer to the following fundamental question:
What is government’s proper role?
While there are sincere advocates, whether or not we agree with their goals, there are others who simply use the “green” movement for their own purposes, which usually is an increasing of their own power or wealth, or that of their associates (think Solyndra), and there are still others who embrace the broader goals of Agenda 21.
Closer examination of Agenda 21 provokes some troubling questions. Long term planning efforts associated with sustainable development involve a very small number of people making decisions about other peoples’ private property. The move towards dense concentration of peoples is part of the stated goal of Agenda 21 to eliminate passenger vehicles. Recycling programs with rewards are proven gateways to forced recycling with fines systems.
In addition to the growing concern over the impact on personal freedoms, the sustainable development agenda fundamentally violates both the sovereignty of the United States and the States. It is an international influence with international goals.
Due to the poor history education in America’s schools, few Americans understand the concept of sovereignty. In order to maintain the rights of the people of the United States, it is vital to maintain sovereignty as a nation and within the nation, of the states.
For practical purposes, the more consolidated government becomes, the further away, and therefore, the less accountable it is to the people from whom it obtains its power and, via taxation, funds it expends.
In addition to the information publicly available from the U.N. on the Agenda 21 site, there seems to be a growing number of sub-entities or marketing-type programs, either fully administered by the U.N. or administered in conjunction or cooperation with other entities, all of which advocate, promote, and/or carry out one or more aspects of the U.N. agenda.
Many such entities and programs are listed on the sidebar at the following link: Millenium Goals
[box style=”grey”]GiN Efforts[/box]
In the early fall of 2010, the base information about Sustainable Development obtained to that date was passed on to GiN’s City Issues Coordinator, Don Raskey, for the purposes of enlarging his understanding of City of Lincoln government. A number of links on this page specific to Lincoln were obtained through Don’s continued research and we also thank Don, who decided to focus his efforts generally, rather than specifically with GiN, for having articulated the statement regarding how the sustainable development movement / Agenda 21 impacts fundamental rights.
On November 5, 2010, Shelli sat in as hostess for Kaye Beach on the Axxiom for Liberty radio show. In the last half hour of the show, guest Amanda Teegarden, Director of OK-SAFE (see links below), explained the basics about Sustainable Development in the final half hour.
We continue our efforts to build this page and in addition, we have published several articles; see the bottom of this page for a list of GiN articles.
As of this update (May 2012), far more information on the subject has been accrued than has been published. We will continue to publish on the topic as time allows.
Although this page focuses primarily on the state and local impact of Agenda 21 / Sustainable Development, it’s important for people to note and realize that such policies are being implemented at the federal level — the “death” of the “cap and trade” legislation was no death at all and is only one very visible episode in Congressional history.
The article below provides some background on the implementation of Agenda 21 policies over time and its continuance, particularly through the Environmental Protection Agency:
Stop EPA’s Implementation of U.N.’s Agenda 21 by Larry Greenley
[box style=”grey”]NEBRASKA IMPACT[/box]
Although much the sustainable development effort does manifest itself on the local level, there are government agencies, organizations, and groups which have authority or work statewide to implement or advocate for sustainable development policies.
Troubling Developments at the State Level:
An Attorney General Opinion (#10005), dated January 25, 2010, Subject: “Sale or transfer of carbon sequestration rights on land owned and managed by the Board of Educational Lands and Funds”, is troubling on a number of levels, including that it reveals the existing of legislation at the state level, some of which has apparently been passed, that codifies into Nebraska law, the concept of carbon sequestration, at minimum. Information revealed and alluded to in the letter should be followed up to determine the extent to which the concept of carbon sequestration and Nebraska participation has been passed into law by our State Legislature.
Pro-Rail Nebraska advocates for the increased development of public rail transport throughout the state and has connections to several national groups who openly advertise their support of the sustainable development agenda.
Appleseed’s advocacy of Agenda 21 appears focused on several particular areas and has manifested itself primarily in opposing efforts to deal with the growing problem of illegal immigration in Nebraska and advocating for the expansion of welfare benefits.
September 2010 Symposium in Omaha
The United Nations Foundation, UN affiliate groups like Voices for Children, the National Association of Social Workers, Amnesty International, and others convened the “Symposium on Maternal Child Health in Nebraska” in Omaha on September 30
Some of our legislators received calls regarding the Medicaid prenatal care issue and maternal child health following the Symposium. The documents make it clear, and the individual who attended for the purposes of learning more about what was going on confirms, that a primary goal of the Symposium was to motivate those in attendance to pressure their legislators into taking action on expanding relevant welfare programs.
The paragraphs above are edited excerpts from an article we published about the symposium. The symposium is a key example of the increasing impact of international influence at the local level.
Our article provides some background information and a list of links to our previous articles on the subject of the push for increasing government funding for prenatal and other types of maternal care. Click the image, upper left, to read the article.
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Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler’s Cleaner Greener Iniative
Issues of note, concern…
City of Lincoln ICLEI Membership:
In November 2010, Lincoln’s Mayor, Chris Beutler announced that the City of Lincoln had become a member of ICLEI. The publication, Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide, is distributed to all members of ICLEI. If you visit ICLEI’s website, only ICLEI members can access the document, but a FULL copy of it is available on Google books.
Lincoln could see more “spray parks” in its future, Lincoln Journal Star, April 6, 2011
Lincoln websites promoting sustainable development, “going green”, and Cleaner Greener Lincoln:
Run by W. Cecil Steward (see below) for the purpose, as noted on the site’s “About” page (see image at right), of promoting the “greening of the built environment”.
Lincoln Green By Design holds monthly meetings. The About page reports “in a few short months, LGbD” can claim a number of achievements, including founding a parallel entity, Green Omaha Coalition.
LGbD proposes to expand its efforts into the following areas:
Building & Design
Economics & Finance
Planning & Development
W. Cecil Steward:
Steward serves on numerous boards and entities which promote the Sustainable Development agenda, which include:
Lincoln LPlan2040 Advisory Committee – Member
Lincoln Green by Design – Founder
Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Development – President / CEO
Additional information Joslyn Institute…
Located in the Joslyn Castle, which is owned by the State of Nebraska; according to the Castle’s Wikipedia article, the Institute was given charge of the building in 1996.
The Lincoln Green Scene (includes links to many other groups)
News articles and interviews featuring organizations, groups, and individuals listed on this page:
“Consultant: No light rail transit for Lincoln“, Lincoln Journal Star, March 9, 2011
LINCOLN, NE AND DENVER, CO TARGETED AS “GREEN MODEL CITIES”
In the fall of 2010, a presentation in the Omaha area extolled the virtues of the town Greensburg, Kansas, which was devastated by a tornado in 2007. Sustainable development advocates now cite Greensburg as a model of “sustainable living”.
Greensburg advocates, apparently in the form of the non-profit called Greensburg GreenTown, have taken their show on the road; the 2010 Omaha meeting included the revelation that Denver, CO and Lincoln, NE have been targeted as the two cities which could be converted to a Greensburg-type plan. We hope to share an audio file or transcript from the meeting when we are able; the quality is poor so it has presented a challenge to made audible.
In the meantime, Reuters reported on June 25, 2011, that the contingent of Greensburg planners via Greensburg GreenTown were marketing their plans to other tornado-ravaged towns. The article includes information, from Reuters point of view, about Greensburg’s history.
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
University to lead green-building team, September 8, 2010
Within the past year, it was reported to GiN that the City of LaVista has decided to do a study on central trash pick up. Someone has apparently approached officials in LaVista local government with a suggestion that there be one single trash carrier. Besides a city government’s move to reduce choice for its residents, centralized trash pickup is troubling because it there is evidence that forced recycling programs are much easier to implement.
We are looking to compile additional information regarding Omaha advocates for sustainable development. We welcome any assistance that readers might provide by including such information in a comment at the bottom of this page.
[box style=”grey”]SMART GRID AND METERS[/box]
Just as we have shared some links here to some groups and organizations who have helpful information on their websites about this issue, we ask that if you share any information we provide that you provide a link to this website; it’s the polite thing to do and we appreciate the traffic here.
OK-SAFE (Oklahomans for Sovereignty and Free Enterprise) seeks to advance and defend the American principles of sovereignty and free enterprise through Public education, Issue advocacy and Governmental lobbying in the areas of federal and state sovereignty, Sustainable Development, and the move towards “Globally Networked and Integrated Intelligence Enterprise” as articulated in the federal government’s Vision 2015 document.
OK-SAFE Director, Amanda Teegarden, is a diligent and thorough researcher and is a popular speaker with limited government and liberty-activist groups. Due to her efforts, OK-SAFE, with the help of other OK activists have educated many Oklahomans about this threat to sovereignty, and those efforts are paying off. In December, for example, in Edmond (a community near Oklahoma City) so many people turned out to ask tough questions about their city officials’ embrace of the Sustainable Development agenda, that the public forum was cut short.
Many thanks to Amanda and her group for the primary resources she shared with the GiN; many of the links originally deposited on this site are the result of Amanda sharing them with us.
Freedom Advocates has become a central source of information about Sustainable Development and Agenda 21; their site warehouses a large reservoir of research information. Freedom Advocates has produced a number of reproducible educational documents and an archive of audio and video presentations.
Sovereignty International, Inc., focuses on threats to national sovereignty in public policies, international treaties and agreements, and in educational and cultural trends. Representatives of Sovereignty International have attended U.N. meetings around the world since the mid 1990s, reporting back to American audiences through live radio broadcasts, newspaper articles, and printed special reports. Much of this information is collected on their website.
The purpose of Environmental Perspectives, Inc. (EPI) is to sound a warning of the rise of government control and paganism in America through the environmental movement. EPI provides articles, books, videos, maps and other media to help people understand the consequences to them and our nation if our politics are driven by a belief that big government is the answer to everything and that nature is god and humans are destroying it.
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Important note: No one at GiN has read the following book and we cannot speak for its philosophy, and therefore, of course, cannot endorse its viewpoint. Author Joan Veon makes a case in her book The Sustainable Prince, that Prince Charles of Great Britain is a leading advocate and spokesman for the Sustainable Development agenda. (Also see list of videos, below.)
A Christian perspective from Worldview:
Harmony – aired on NBC’s “Green Week”, November 2010
Notes: NBC maintains a “Green is Universal” page, which can be viewed here.
Links currently being vetted: