They had all heard the horror stories of communities and businesses severely inundated by ridiculous environmental regulations and restrictions from a vast array of government agencies, regional councils, and NGO's (non-government agencies filled with environmental extremists), none of whom have any accountability what-so-ever to the voters.
Some of the attendees were political activists I had seen holding signs at standouts for conservative political candidates in the past, and others appeared to be their friends and neighbors, but all had an interest in developing a better understanding of the "sustained development mania" that has been taking place all around us for many years now with little resistance, at least until recently.
The audience also learned that purveyors of this misguided and irrational worldview also consider national sovereignty to be a social injustice, which is why the America-hating United Nations is working at break neck speed to see that it is eliminated. as a problem, by forming a one-world government with the UN in charge. No joke!. President George HW Bush wasn't just using rhetoric when he spoke of " a new world order" and signed on to Agenda 21 for the United States at the UN Earth Summit in 1992 along with 178 other nations. Nor was Bill Clinton when he signed Executive Order #12858 in 1995 to create the President's Council on Sustainable Development in order to "harmonize" US einvironmental policy with UN directives as outlined in Agenda 21.
As Secretary General of the UN's Earth Summit, in 1992, Strong was quoted as saying: "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"
Mr Strong, who at one time, owned vast amounts of property in the Western United States, was speculated to be a candidate to become Secretary General of the UN, but is now hiding out in China, according to unconfirmed reports.
Shurleft recommended several books and cds including one book which he seemed to focus on entitled
Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by every person on Earth…It calls for specific changes in the activities of all people.
Effective execution of AGENDA 21 will require a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced.--- a major shift in the priorities of both governments and individuals and an unprecedented redeployment of human and financial resources . This shift will demand that a concern for the environmental consequences of every human action be integrated into individual and collective decision making at every level.
A significant amount of time was spent on ICLEI, which is the largest association of both local and national governments working towards sustainable development policies including Smart Growth, Wildlands Projects, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, STAR Sustainable Communities, Green jobs, Green Building Codes, "Going Green", Open Space Plans, Alternative Energy, Local Visioning, regional planning, historic preservation, conservation easements, development rights, sustainable farming, comprehensive planning, growth management and consensus. Kopacz also spent time on the Comprehensive Land Use Reform and Partnership Act (CLURPA), that took decades in Massachusetts to finally get through the legislature, but by that time he was starting to lose me.
"I wrote a paper on a 5 legged salamander", he said with a straight face, "and Environmental Studies and Conservation was my major in college and my lifelong work as a Conservation professional"
"THIS IS ABOUT LAND ACQUISITION"! and continuing he stated....
"I BELIEVE THE UNITED STATES IS A GREAT NATION, NOT BECAUSE OF OUR MILITARY MIGHT, BUT BECAUSE OF THE FOUNDING PRINCIPLES OF LIFE,
I mean "going green", "the green economy", and "earth day" celebrations, a pagan holiday if ever there was one, has become the "cool" catch phrases in our culture now. Cities and towns all over the State of Massachusetts, the United States, and the entire world for that matter, as well as "mush for brains" students, of course, in our schools and colleges have fallen for the plan, hook, line, and sinker, and continue to fall like dominoes as we speak.
In my follow-up research I discovered that the city of Boston has, not surpringly, become one of those totally "green cities". A brief google search led me to an article stating that " Mayor Menino unveiled an exciting new "sustainability" brand for the city of Boston: Greenovate Boston "Oh Boy"! But not to worry....
"There is a definite resistance building up", Shurtleff remarked.. "14 years ago we would give these presentations and 5 people would show up. Citizens all over the country now are starting to pay attention to what is going on and are showing a great interest. We need more and more patriots to resist and take a stand against the movement" as the citizens in the Town of Carver MA did last year when they invited Dave and myself to address a town meeting before they voted on an Open Space Plan and then voted to reject the plan, preserving their property rights and freedom, at least temporarily. (See Carver, MA activists defeat Open Space Plan)
As one of the commenters to this article mentioned after my initial post, the John Birch Society has been the only group out there for years now bringing this to the public's attention, but it might be a good time for the "tea parties" to get involved and I agree. It would be a natural issue for them. A bipartisan issue as well, such as insisting that the United States needs to withdraw from the United Nations.
On that I think most conservative and tea party activists would agree. The mantra for JBS protests and presentations for decades has been:
Although, as I stated, both political parties are to blame, it is definetly a vehicle that appeals to "environmental wackos" and full blooded socialists on the left, though the appeal is also to average citizens, who find nothing wrong with making a decision integrated with concerns for the environmental impact that decision will have on their community, nor should they. But I think that is also a problem and a major challenge facing the opponents of "sustainable policies" like "open space plans" and "going green", which sound harmless at first hearing, until you investigate what rights you will actually lose and how your life will be affected once the policy is fully implemented.
I don't know about you, but living in "stack em and pack em" urban roadside communities as is presently planned for us, doesn't appeal to me.
It is also clear, after having attended the seminar, that we're talking about wolfs in sheep's clothing when we're talking about today's radical, power hungry environmentalists who seem fixated on bringing us back to the 19th century. By the way, did you realize that the town of Amherst, MA, home to UMass, Amherst and Amherst, College, and a whole " bunch" of radical leftists, has a UN flag in front of their city hall
In closing I just want to say, wake up America, before it's too late! Join other patriots in cities and towns across our great nation, who are becoming informed and involved by standing up for the liberties and the country they love, which are now under unprecedented assault by environmental extremists, as well as everyday citizens, who have been deceived by a bunch of evil, America hating, head-cracking thugs. Follow the example of the good people in Fall River, MA, who took the initiative to begin learning about Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development. and the citizens of Carver, MA who stood up for freedom and their constitutionally guaranteed right to own property.
To Read more Jazz Patriot articles on Agenda 21, go to :
Stop Agenda 21
Agenda 21" in One Easy Lesson",
"Agenda 21", Smart Growth Seminar, Fall River, MA,
Waking UP to the Threat Imposed By the UN
Beware: SouthCoast Rail Project Is Nothing Less Than UN "Agenda 21" TakeOver Scheme
Beware of Agenda 21 and SRPEDD: Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District