Agenda 21: How It’s Impacting Education In America
This article is the sixth in a multi-part series designed to inform readers of the impending danger of United Nations (UN) Agenda 21. To view prior installments, click here
Agenda 21, also known as ‘Sustainable Development’, is the action plan to inventory and control all land, all water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all information, all energy, and all human beings in the world. This plan was birthed at the 1992 United Nations Rio Earth Summit, officially known as the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). President George HW Bush signed the US was onto this plan by along with 178 other world leaders.
Agenda 21 is gross overreach of the government and is already affecting Americans lives in all areas – including property ownership and education, to name just a few. Specific examples relating to property and education will be provided to demonstrate just how intrusive and far reaching Agenda 21 has become in America.
Progressives have been shaping education in America for the past 30 to 40 years without any improvement in academic performance or any real tangible results. And they continue relatively unchallenged in most states. This new era of education includes a global curriculum designed by the UN that is being implemented here in America under Agenda 21. The use of cumbersome and costly over-regulation by state and federal governments is being used to force all children, including babies, into the 0 -12 educational system. Once this is accomplished, and home-schooling is outlawed, the educational leaders will have their achieved their goal of compulsory education for all children.
Michigan State University has the ‘US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence’ which developed the Education for Global Citizen (EGC) curriculum to prepare young children to become effective global citizens. The EGC schools in Michigan promote an extreme environmentalist view that includes promoting population control and sustainable development – core Agenda 21 principles.
In Wisconsin, the birthplace of Progressivism, college students can actually major in Agenda 21 (sustainable development). The University of Wisconsin offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in “sustainable management.” In this program students learn about sustainable development and what they call the “triple bottom line”. A triple bottom line is based on people, the planet and profit. By people they mean vibrant sustainable communities. The planet means a healthy environment, as promoted by the green agenda. And profit refers to profitability. Application of this idea to corporations takes business away from the old return for shareholders model and pushes them towards a financial, social, and environmental, or triple bottom line, model. This model requires radical change throughout a corporation. This program had already developed partnerships with many major corporations including Eastman Kodak, FedEx and the Ford Motor Company.
In 2011 President Obama signed EO 13575, which established the White House Rural Council. The White House Rural Council with 25 executive branch departments including Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, National Drug Control, Environmental Quality, Labor, Commerce, Interior, EPA, Housing, Health, Education to name just a few. The order covers 16% of the American population who lives in rural counties, and is intended to create strong, sustainable rural communities.
The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is another element of Agenda 21 designed to promote sustainable development. The ICLEI is a conglomerate of 600 national, regional, and local government associations in America who promote sustainable development to contain and limit economic development in developed countries and thus control population growth. There are many local governments, which in violation of the US Constitution, have entered into international alliances with ICLEI through various UN initiatives and programs. For example, there are many “smart growth” initiatives throughout America to protect the environment from global warming and green-house gases. These UN initiatives, under the guise of the green agenda are really just more sustainable development.
Local legislatures are using Agenda 21 to challenge the property rights of land owners. One specific case occurred in Paris, Virginia where Martha Boneta had a business license for her tiny farm store. Officials from Fauquier County using zoning ordinances to bully Mrs. Boneta and threaten her with fines of up to $5000 a day for selling tea and wool products. Ms. Boneta was forced to close her store out of fear of additional charges and fines. All this was done with no inspection of her property and without due process.
To cure this government law-breaking and protect farm rights H.B. 1430, the Boneta Bill, was introduced in the Virginia legislature to amend the Virginia Right to Farm Act. The Virginia legislature is controlled by Republicans but establishment Republicans chose special interests over principles. A weakened bill was eventually passed the, but first added another amendment that appears to be in violation of Article IV, Section 13 of the Virginia Constitution, which governs effective dates of bills passed. The amendment made the bill ineffective unless reenacted by a new legislature that is to convene in 2014. This tactic would give the special interests in Richmond a year to horse-trade God-given rights of farmers.
The Governor of Virginia has not taken a position on the Boneta Bill. The real issue here is conservation easements, which use government subsidies as an anesthetic at the expense of private property rights and free markets. The Governor has been promoting conservation easements and Virginia has up to $100 million in tax credits available for these easements. The bill is currently in the Virginia Senate. The fate of freedom for small farmers remains an amendment and a vote away. Regardless of the outcome of the Boneta Bill, it has sparked a national debate on property rights, farm food freedom, remedies against bullying, and law-breaking bureaucrats.
The United Nations has an agenda. That agenda is to unite the world under a socialist one-world government and they have started with indoctrinating your children. They are also threatening your property rights. Additional threats will be presented in future articles.
This article is the SIXTH in a multi-part series designed to inform readers of the impending danger of Agenda 21. The FIRST article served as a high level introduction to Agenda 21. The SECOND article discussed ‘The Wildlands Project’ and “rewilding” which is one of the most controversial components of Agenda 21. The THIRD article discussed the implementation of Agenda 21. The FOURTH article discussed planning and the pilot projects being implemented in the US today. The FIFTH article discussed the impact of Agenda 21 to energy. Future articles will provide more examples of implementation in the US and discuss the UN and their concept of One World Government UN control under the guise of Agenda 21, and localized concepts such as “Smart Growth” which is more code for “Sustainability” or “Sustainable Development.”