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Agenda 21 encroaches on ‘the good life’
Wilson County NewsJune 6, 2012 | 1,953 views | 3 comments
‘2012 Rio event is expected to ... transform Agenda 21 from a “soft-law” (non-binding) document into international binding law.’
-- Henry Lamb, a World Net Daily columnist and
founding chairman of Sovereignty International
‘We must act quickly
to redefine our understanding
of the “good life” and
redouble our efforts to make
that life sustainable.’
April 3 press release
A conference in Brazil later this month could impact daily life for Americans in a big way, and no one’s talking about it. Why?
Rio+20, a United Nations conference in Rio de Janeiro June 20-22, may produce international binding law that could impact everyone, from agricultural producers to electrical providers and everyday consumers. It could produce global taxation to promote green initiatives and limit greenhouse gas emissions. It has the potential to erode personal freedoms and individual choice. Yet no one’s talking about it.
Whispered about in the corridors of power worldwide is Agenda 21. This “300-page, 40-chapter ‘soft law’ policy document, adopted at the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in Rio De Janeiro in 1992, was signed by 179 heads of state, including George H.W. Bush,” said the late Henry Lamb. Lamb was a World Net Daily columnist and founding chairman of Sovereignty International ( http://sovereignty.net), as well as founder of Freedom 21 Inc. ( http://freedom21.org). He said the non-binding treaty, Agenda 21, could become a binding international law during the Rio+20 meeting.
What is it?
Lamb, who was first interviewed by the Wilson County News in July 2009, addressed Agenda 21, saying the “concept emerged from committees of the World Trade Organization, and was quickly incorporated into the ‘sustainable development’ concept, which requires government planning and control.”
The concept sounds appealing: to ensure the world’s food supplies and resources through sustainable development. But underneath the innocuous language is more and stricter government control of many things -- from food-animal production to power generation and manufacturing processes, and more.
In 2009, Lamb told the Wilson County News “the delegates [who formulated the Kyoto Protocol in 1997] decided to make the treaty legally binding and to set specific emission-reductions targets for the ‘developed’ countries, while the ‘developing’ countries had no reduction requirements.”
Regulating the power plants that provide electricity and heat for our homes to the farmers and ranchers who provide food, government agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and even cities and commissioners courts, have spread sustainable development within their structures, without the public even knowing. President Obama has promoted the cause, establishing the White House Rural Council in June 2011. This followed President Clinton’s creation of his Council on Sustainable Development, which focused primarily on urban areas. Obama’s council is focused primarily on rural areas.
“Sustainable development,” according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture website, is described as an action “to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” as expressed by the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987.
Who will pay?
Proposed legislation related to sustainability, such as “cap and trade” and the implementation of the cattle gas tax as proposed within the Clean Air Act, was defeated after much public outcry.
Yet global taxation in the form of a “Green Climate Fund” has existed since December 2010. The international aviation and shipping tax was created during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Cancun, Mexico. Carbon emissions and international aviation were the focus of this tax; its purpose is to enable the United Nations to implement its global blueprint, Agenda 21.
Lamb said the “2012 Rio event is expected to produce another document, probably a treaty or covenant, that will essentially transform Agenda
21 from a ‘soft-law’ (non-binding) document into international binding law. The advocates of this objective are garnering supporters wherever they can be found. I think this association with Brazil -- and the $2 billion for Brazilian-oil development -- is to advance this goal.”
Reports, such as Worldwatch’s “State of the World 2012,” will be used to rally support. It was released by the Worldwatch Institute, an independent research organization based in the nation’s capital, which works on energy, resource, and environmental issues.
In an April 3 press release, the Worldwatch Institute stresses “that we must act quickly to redefine our understanding of the ‘good life’ and redouble our efforts to make that life sustainable.”
The report identifies 35 factors in creating sustainability, including a green economy, a global architecture of sustainable governance, sustainable agriculture, sustainable transportation, food security and equity, and biodiversity. See “State of the World” for more on this.
As the Worldwatch Instititute claims that the “new vision of the good life” met “unfriendly politics, orthodox economics, and a dominant culture of consumerism,” sustainable development has yet to be adopted as the original group intended.
The report also refers to agricultural factors. See page 1D for more on this.
State of the World
The Worldwatch Institute’s report, “State of the World 2012,” outlines 35 factors to address sustainability, including:
•“A Green Economy that Works for Everyone: For industrial, emerging, and developing counties. ... A standard-setting global ‘top runner’ program, green financing and skills training, and greater economic democracy.”
•“Sustainable Transportation: Today there are nearly 800 million cars on the world’s roads, and in the developing world, transportation is the source of up to 80 percent of harmful air pollutants.”
•“The Global Architecture of Sustainable Governance: Sustainability efforts worldwide will be shaped by the reforms being discussed for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).”
•“Sustainable Agriculture: Almost 2 billion people are fed by produce from the 500 million small farms in developing countries. Yet, these small-scale producers are some of the most food-insecure people: 80 percent of the world’s hungry live in rural areas.”
•“Food Security and Equity: In recent decades, factory farming has increased meat, egg, and dairy consumption worldwide, particularly in the developing world. But this industrial meat production system has been harmful to human health and the environment.”
•“Biodiversity: The rate at which species are becoming extinct is estimated to be up to 1,000 times higher today than in pre-industrial times.”
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