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Sustainable Development: The Root of All Our Problems
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Sustainable Development: The Root of All Our Problems
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/13459
By Tom Deweese  Friday, August 7, 2009

Many Americans appear to be awakening from their slumber of apathy as government forces are making their move for total control of our lives. Massive TEA Party protests on April 15th, followed by more than 1000 again on Independence Day, show a growing movement of concerned, dedicated Americans. But there is a major component missing from those protests. There is a nearly universal lack of understanding of the issue of Sustainable Development and the dangers it poses to our liberty. Consequently, that issue is being left out of the protests.

Meanwhile, as thousands attend the TEA Parties and protest the Federal Reserve, taxes, and out of control federal government, inside their local city halls, international forces are busy turning the communities into little soviets.

I have been traveling the nation over the past few months sounding the alarm that we cannot win this battle to restore our Republic if we don’t understand that what we face is not a bunch of random issues – but a complete agenda of control – Sustainable Development.  (Read my Spokane speech here Part1, Part2) Cap N Trade, global warming, population control, gun control, open borders and illegal immigration, higher taxes, higher gas prices, refusal to drill American oil, education restructuring, international IDs, natural health supplement control, food control, farming “reform,” control of private property, NAIS and UN Global Governance are all part of the Sustainable Development/Agenda 21 blueprint.

To that end, I am focusing this entire issue on Sustainable Development to give activists all the ammunition they need to fight back. I am also including a list of more than 500 cities that are currently enacting Sustainable Development policies. If this is happening in your town (and it is), I urge you to challenge your local city council and mayor to stop these polices.  The battles now must be fought on the local level. Remove Sustainable Development from every community and policies out of the federal government will be neutralized. And only then can we be on our way to restoring the American Republic.  -------- Tom DeWeese

Sustainable Development: The Root of All Our Problems

In his book, Earth in the Balance, Al Gore warned that a “wrenching transformation” must take place to lead America away from the “horrors of the Industrial Revolution.” The process to do that is called Sustainable Development and its’ roots can be traced back to a UN policy document called Agenda 21, adopted at the UN’s Earth Summit in 1992.

Sustainable Development calls for changing the very infrastructure of the nation, away from private ownership and control of property to nothing short of central planning of the entire economy – often referred to as top-down control. Truly, Sustainable Development is designed to change our way of life.

In short, it’s all about wealth redistribution. Your wealth into a green rat hole.

During the Cold War, communists tried to get us to surrender our liberties and way of life for the wisdom of Karl Marx. Americans didn’t buy it.

But now, they have taken the same clap trap and wrapped it all in a nice green blanket, scaring us with horror stories about the human destruction of the environment – and so we are now throwing our liberties on the bon fire like a good old fashioned book burning—all in the name of protecting the planet.

It sounds so friendly. So meaningful. So urgent. But, the devastation to our liberty and way of life is the same as if Lenin ordered it.

We now have a new language invading our government at all levels. Old words with new meanings fill government policy papers. The typical city council meeting discusses “community development,” “historic preservation,” and “partnerships” between the city and private business.

Civic leaders organize community meetings run by “facilitators,” as they outline a “vision” for the town, enforced by “consensus.” No need for debate when you have consensus! People of great importance testify before congressional committees of the dire need for “social justice.”

Free trade, social justice, consensus, global truth, partnerships, preservation, stakeholders, land use, environmental protection, development, diversity, visioning, open space, heritage, comprehensive planning, critical thinking, and community service are all part of our new language.

What are they really talking about? What mental pictures come to mind when those words are used? George Orwell realized that those who control language and manipulate key phrases can control policy.

The language is being changed and manipulated to quietly implement a very destructive policy. Whenever you see or hear these words, know that, in every case, they are defining one thing - the implementation of Sustainable Development.

Rather than good management of resources, Sustainable Development has come to mean denied use and resources locked away from human hands. In short, it has become a code word for an entire economic and social agenda.

I have spent most of the past 12 years studying every facet of this new political agenda which is fast becoming a revolution—touching every aspect of our businesses, our public education system, our private property, our families and our individual lives.

Interestingly, it is not a Republican or Democrat issue. It’s not liberal or conservative. It is being implemented on a purely bipartisan basis. It is now the official policy of the United States, put in force by literally every department of the government. It is the official policy of every state government, and nearly every city, town and county in the nation.

But, I warn you, accepting the perception that Sustainable Development is simply good environmental stewardship is a serious and dangerous mistake.

So what is Sustainable Development? The Sustainablists insist that society be transformed into feudal-like governance by making nature the central organizing principle for our economy and society.

To achieve this, Sustainablist policy focuses on three components; global land use, global education, and global population control.

Keep in mind that America is the only country in the world based on the ideals of private property. But, private property is incompatible with the collectivist premise of Sustainable Development.

If you doubt that, then consider this quote from the report of the 1976 UN’s Habitat I conference which said: “Land …cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principle instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, therefore, contributes to social injustice.”

According to Sustainablist doctrine, It is a social injustice for some to have prosperity if others do not. It is a social injustice to keep our borders closed. It is a social injustice for some to be bosses and others to be merely workers.

Social justice is a major premise of Sustainable Development. Another word for social justice, by the way, is Socialism. Karl Marx was the first to coin the phrase “social justice.”

Some officials try to pretend that Sustainable Development is just a local effort to protect the environment—just your local leaders putting together a local vision for the community. Then ask your local officials how it is possible that the exact language and tactics for implementation of Sustainable Development are being used in nearly every city around the globe from Lewiston, Maine to Singapore. Local indeed.

Sustainable Development is the process by which America is being reorganized around a central principle of state collectivism using the environment as bait.

The best way to understand what Sustainable Development actually is can be found by discovering what is NOT sustainable.

According to the UN’s Biodiversity Assessment Report, items for our everyday lives that are NOT sustainable include: Ski runs, grazing of livestock, plowing of soil, building fences, industry, single family homes, paved and tarred roads, logging activities, dams and reservoirs, power line construction, and economic systems that fail to set proper value on the environment (capitalism, free markets).

Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the UN’s Rio Earth Summit in 1992 said, “…Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air-conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.”

Are you starting to see the pattern behind Cap and Trade, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and all of those commercials you’re forced to watch about the righteousness of Going Green? They are all part of the enforcement if Sustainable Development.

And one of the most destructive tools they use to force it on us is something called the “precautionary principle.” That means that any activities that might threaten human health or the environment should be stopped—even if no clear cause and effect relationship has been established – and even if the potential threat is largely theoretical.

That makes it easy for any activist group to issue warnings by news release or questionable report and have those warnings quickly turned into public policy – just in case.

Many are now finding non-elected regional governments and governing councils enforcing policy and regulations. As these policies are implemented, locally-elected officials are actually losing power and decision-making ability in their own communities. Most decisions are now being made behind the scenes in non-elected “sustainability councils” armed with truckloads of federal regulations, guidelines, and grant money.

The Three Es

According to its authors, the objective of Sustainable Development is to integrate economic, social, and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity.

The Sustainablists insist that society be transformed into feudal-like governance by making Nature the central organizing principle for our economy and society. As such, every societal decision would first be questioned as to how it might effect the environment. To achieve this, Sustainablist policy focuses on three components; land use, education, and population control and reduction.

The Sustainable Development logo used in most literature on the subject contains three connecting circles labeled Social Equity; Economic Prosperity; and Ecological Integrity (known commonly as the 3 Es).

Social Equity

As stated, Sustainable Development’s Social Equity plank is based on a demand for “social justice.” Today, the phrase is used throughout Sustainablist literature.  The Sustainablist system is based on the principle that individuals must give up selfish wants for the needs of the common good, or the “community.” How does this differ from Communism?

This is the same policy behind the push to eliminate our nation’s borders to allow the “migration” of those from other nations into the United States to share our individually-created wealth and our taxpayers-paid government social programs. Say the Sustainablists, “Justice and efficiency go hand in hand.” “Borders,” they say, “are unjust.”

Under the Sustainablist system, private property is an evil that is used simply to create wealth for a few. So too, is business ownership. Instead, “every worker/person will be a direct capital owner.” Property and businesses are to be kept in the name of the owner, keeping them responsible for taxes and other expenses, however control is in the hands of the “community.” That policy is right out of the Socialist handbook.

Economic Prosperity

Sustainable Development’s economic policy is based on one overriding premise: that the wealth of the world was made at the expense of the poor. It dictates that, if the conditions of the poor are to be improved, wealth must first be taken from the rich. Consequently, Sustainable Development’s economic policy is based not on private enterprise but on public/private partnerships.

In order to give themselves an advantage over competition, some businesses—particularly large corporations – now find a great advantage in dealing directly with government, actively lobbying for legislation that will inundate smaller companies with regulations that they cannot possibly comply with or even keep up with. This government/big corporation back-scratching has always been a dangerous practice because economic power should be a positive check on government power, and vise versa. If the two should ever become combined, control of such massive power can lead only to tyranny. One of the best examples of this was the Italian model in the first half of the Twentieth Century under Mussolini’s Fascism.

Together, select business leaders who have agreed to help government impose Sustainablist green positions in their business policies, and officials at all levels of government are indeed merging the power of the economy with the force of government in Public/Private Partnerships on the local, state and federal levels.

As a result, Sustainable Development policy is redefining free trade to mean centralized global trade “freely” crossing (or eliminating) national borders. It definitely does not mean people and companies trading freely with each other. Its real effect is to redistribute American manufacturing, wealth, and jobs out of our borders and to lock away American natural resources. After the regulations have been put in place, literally destroying whole industries, new “green” industries created with federal grants bring newfound wealth to the “partners.” This is what Sustainablists refer to as economic prosperity.

Ecological Integrity

“Nature has an integral set of different values (cultural, spiritual and material) where humans are one strand in nature’s web and all living creatures are considered equal. Therefore the natural way is the right way and human activities should be molded along nature’s rhythms.” from the UN’s Biodiversity Treaty presented at the 1992 UN Earth Summit.

This quote lays down the ground rules for the entire Sustainable Development agenda. It says humans are nothing special – just one strand in the nature of things or, put another way, humans are simply biological resources. Sustainablist policy is to oversee any issue in which man interacts with nature –which, of course, is literally everything. And because the environment always comes first, there must be great restrictions over private property ownership and control. This is necessary, Sustainablists say, because humans only defile nature.

Under Sustainable Development there can be no concern over individual rights – as we must all sacrifice for the sake of the environment.  Individual human wants, needs, and desires are to be conformed to the views and dictates of social planners.  The UN’s Commission on Global Governance said in its 1995 report: “Human activity…combined with unprecedented increases in human numbers…are impinging on the planet’s basic life support system. Action must be taken now to control the human activities that produce these risks”

Under Sustainable Development there can be no limited government, as advocated by our Founding Fathers, because, we are told, the real or perceived environmental crisis is too great. Maurice Strong, Chairman of the 1992 UN Earth Summit said: “A shift is necessary toward lifestyles less geared to environmentally-damaging consumption patterns. The shift will require a vast strengthening of the multilateral system, including the United Nations.”

The politically based environmental movement provides Sustainablists camouflage as they work to transform the American systems of government, justice, and economics. It is a masterful mixture of socialism (with its top down control of the tools of the economy) and fascism (where property is owned in name only – with no control). Sustainable Development is the worst of both the left and the right. It is not liberal, nor is it conservative.  It is a new kind of tyranny that, if not stopped, will surely lead us to a new Dark Ages of pain and misery yet unknown to mankind.
 
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2009, 12:56:27 am »
kick ass from our brothers in the great white north!
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2009, 01:13:17 am »
The American Dream vs. Sustainability
http://www.dakotavoice.com/2009/08/the-american-dream-vs-sustainability/
August 3rd, 2009

By Clark M. Jones
Citizens for Liberty

During the April 20th meeting of the Rapid City Council, Council Member Malcom Chapman spoke of sustainability as being so important to the future of our country.

At the time, three other members of the Council: Karen Gunderson Olson, Patti Martinson, and Aaron Costello were all in Portland, OR, for a Green Cities Conference, along with Public Works Director Robert Ellis (not the Dakota Voice editor Bob Ellis), and Growth Management Director Marcia Elkins.

I began watching and studying this issue at that time, as well as following attempts by Democracy in Action and members of the Rapid City Council to bring sustainability to Rapid City, as well as to get the Pennington County Commission to advance elements of it as well.

So what is sustainability? One answer could be that sustainability is the doctrine of limited resources that requires government leadership and action to manage the environment and society.

One of the books I have been reading is Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals. He wrote of its purpose,

“The challenges of sustainable development-protecting the environment, stabilizing the world’s population, narrowing the gaps between rich and poor, and ending extreme poverty-will take center stage.” (1)

So what are the challenges of sustainability? Again, Sachs identifies them as:

    * Protecting the Environment
    * Stabilizing the world’s population
    * Narrowing the gaps between rich and poor
    * Ending extreme poverty

Who in their right mind could be against something that sounds as noble as this? The question is, are these legitimate challenges or is this simply rhetoric and manufactured issues that claim a need to fix a problem by attacking a false cause? Blaming western civilization, and in particular America, is a favorite pastime with many on the left. Another term I discovered in studying the sustainability issue is “convergence.” Sachs wrote in Common Wealth, “Economists use the concept of convergence to describe the processes by which the poorer countries catch up with the richer countries.”(2) Thus the need to address the challenges of:

    * Narrowing the gaps between rich and poor
    * Ending extreme poverty

The American Dream is designed to make it possible for individuals and families to lift themselves out of poverty:

    * Any one of us can take our dreams, talents, gifts, drive, and energy and pursue our happiness.
    * We can try to build something based on values Ronald Reagan outlined in 1980 as “family, work,
       neighborhood, peace, and freedom.
    * Individuals sustain themselves through hard work and free enterprise.
    * Families sustain themselves through hard work and free enterprise.
    * Neighborhoods build and sustain themselves through volunteerism, hard work, and free enterprise.

That is American sustainability.

It is the direct opposite of the sustainability movement that Jeffrey Sachs describes. In that worldview and political philosophy, convergence is made necessary by what they believe to be the greed and irresponsibility of the American way.

In their view western civilization and industrialization threatens the planet and the survival of the human race. America is greedy and uses more than its fair share of the world’s resources.

In their view, the only solution is a global solution and governance to balance what sustainable development proponents call its three areas: economic growth, environmental stability, and social equity.

These three areas were first introduced in a document commissioned by the United Nation’s World Commission on Environment and Development called Our Common Future. This was published in 1987.

I first found this on Enviroliteracy.org which wrote that this “report also identified three components to sustainable development: economic development, environmental protection, and social equity…” (3)

In 1992, a document called Agenda 21 was published by the United Nations after convening the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Enviroliteracy.org wrote of that convention

 “It was here that the international community first agreed on a comprehensive strategy to address      development and environmental challenges through a global partnership. The framework for this partnership was Agenda 21, which covered the key aspects of sustainability – economic development, environmental protection, social justice, and democratic and effective governance.” (4)

In September 1994, the International Convention of Population and Development was held in Cairo, Egypt. It developed a “Plan of Action” to address the view of many, if not all of the proponents of sustainability, that the only way to get it is through population controls.

In 2000, the United Nations produced its Millennium Development Goals. Jeffrey Sachs wrote in Common Wealth, “Taken together, the Rio treaties, the Plan of Action on Population and Development, and the Millennium Development Goals can be called our Millennium promises for sustainable development.” (5)

In December of 2009, the United Nations plans to convene in Copenhagen, Denmark to, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for, “Seal the Deal” on climate change. To that end, Regency.org has reported on a planned worldwide broadcast of a television series called “The Road to Copenhagen: Seal the Deal” (6) to be aired during the six weeks leading up to that convention to raise support for this effort. Regency.org reported

“’The Road to Copenhagen:Seal the Deal’ television series is produced by Global Initiatives in partnership with UNEP, the Climate Consortium and Back 2 Back Productions.” (7)

An online petition drive has been initiated to pressure local and national governments around the world to go to Copenhagen and “seal the deal.”

Sustainability is a complex, extremely well funded, and extremely organized global agenda. What this weekly series of articles will attempt to do is to break down the issue and cover its worldview, motives, goals, methodology, and tools.

What is their methodology? It is that the end justifies the means, with government organized to apply power to the advancement of their agenda through regulation, mandates, and education; of youth in particular, from preschool through high school.

They are highly organized, highly funded, and highly motivated and directed. Having said all this, the whole idea and movement is organized with a level of both intricacy and simplicity so that every local group that advances this cause and agenda has the cover to claim that they are just a local grassroots citizens group that only cares about clean air, clean water, safe and effective waste management, and economic and social justice. They can claim that there is no agenda.

Who can possibly be against any of that?

If we are going to still have a country, liberties, and free enterprise, we have to oppose what the sustainable development movement is doing in the name of these things.

References:

(1) Sachs, Jeffrey D., Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, The Penguin Press, New York, 2008, Page 3

(2) Sachs, Page 19

(3) http://www.enviroliteracy.org/article.php/269.html

(4) http://www.enviroliteracy.org/article.php/269.html

(5) Sachs, Page 13

(6) http://www.regency.org/news_june09_3.html

(7) http://www.regency.org/news_june09_3.html

Clark M. Jones is a member of Citizens for Liberty, the group which organized the Rapid City Tax Day Tea Party and the Rapid City Independence Day Tea Party.  To find out more about what Citizens for Liberty is doing in western South Dakota to fight excessive government and restore our land to limited government, go to www.sdcitizens.com or attend their next meeting (details on the website).
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Re: Sustainable Development: The Root of All Our Problems
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2009, 08:40:25 am »
kick ass from our brothers in the great white north!

Yep, definitely a well written article.
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2009, 12:30:39 pm »
Dodd introduces more tyrannical legislation, the Livable Communities Act, under the guise of the UN's Sustainable Development.


Dodd Announces Initiative to Coordinate Housing, Transportation, and Environmental Policies
http://connecticut.realestaterama.com/2009/08/07/dodd-announces-initiative-to-coordinate-housing-transportation-and-environmental-policies-ID094.html
August 7, 2009
by Connecticut RealEstateRama

August 7, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) introduced legislation to help towns and regions across the country plan and implement development projects that integrate their community’s needs for transportation, housing, land use, and economic development.

By encouraging sustainable development at the local, regional, and federal level, the Livable Communities Act will help communities cut traffic congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption, protect green spaces, create more affordable housing, and revitalize existing Main Streets and urban centers.  Dodd’s legislation is cosponsored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Dan Akaka (D-HI).

“As our communities grow, people are commuting longer distances on more crowded roadways,” said Dodd. “Those are precious hours they could be spending with their families, and precious dollars wasted on gas.  We must change the way we plan for the future of our communities and tackle these challenges with a coordinated strategy.”

The Livable Communities Act will:

    * Create competitive planning grants that towns and regions can use to create comprehensive long-term plans that integrate transportation, housing, land use, and economic development.

    * Create challenge grants that towns and regions can use to implement these long-term plans through investments in public transportation, affordable housing, complete streets, transit-oriented development, and brownfield redevelopment.

    * Establish a federal Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at the Department of Housing and Urban Development to administer and oversee the Livable Communities grant programs;

    * Establish a federal Interagency Council on Sustainable Communities that will include representatives from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal agencies to coordinate federal sustainable development policies.

Last month, Dodd chaired a hearing at which Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced a new interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities that will help improve access to affordable housing, expand transportation options, and lower transportation costs while protecting the environment and combating climate change in communities nationwide. The three departments will be working together to create a coordinated approach to transportation, housing, energy and environmental policies. In February, Chairman Dodd sent a letter to President Obama calling for the creation of such an entity.
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Re: Sustainable Development: The Root of All Our Problems
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2009, 02:03:59 pm »
Peter Schiff is a breath of fresh air.  MSNBC has tried to sabatoge him, it is because GE is intimately involved in sustainable development.  Expose the Dodd/GE/Sustainable Development connection and you got a serious RICO case.
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Re: Sustainable Development: The Root of All Our Problems
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2009, 11:35:39 am »
The original article was reprinted on Campaign For Liberty and on my blog.

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=198
http://www.globalgulag.com/?p=137
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