Agenda 21 is defined by the United Nations as a “comprehensive plan for action to be taken globally, nationally, and locally by organizations of the United Nations system, governments and major groups in every area in which humans impact the environment.”
The New American’s William F. Jasper wrote of Agenda 21 in February, explaining that the plan is virtually all-encompassing:
The UN’s Agenda 21 is definitely comprehensive and global — breathtakingly so. Agenda 21 proposes a global regime that will monitor, oversee, and strictly regulate our planet’s oceans, lakes, streams, rivers, aquifers, sea beds, coastlands, wetlands, forests, jungles, grasslands, farmland, deserts, tundra, and mountains. It even has a whole section on regulating and “protecting” the atmosphere. It proposes plans for cities, towns, suburbs, villages, and rural areas. It envisions a global scheme for healthcare, education, nutrition, agriculture, labor, production, and consumption — in short, everything; there is nothing on, in, over, or under the Earth that doesn’t fall within the purview of some part of Agenda 21.
The American Policy Center made a similar assertion in its analysis of Agenda 21:
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. Sustainablists insist that every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on three components: global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction.
On Wednesday’s episode, Beck sarcastically observed that the scheme “doesn’t get spooky until Section 1” when it outlines a plan for social and economic dimensions, i.e. social justice, which focuses on the redistribution of wealth (socialism), changing consumption patterns, changed population, and sustainable settling.
Related to the redistribution of wealth, for example, the plan reads, “Developed countries and funding agencies should provide specific assistance to developing countries in adopting an enabling approach to the provision of shelter for all.”
Beck also revealed some interesting connections behind the supporters and writers of the agenda. While outlining the background history of the agenda, he noted that Agenda 21 is rooted in the writings of Gro Harlem Brundtland, Vice President of the World Socialist Party. According to Beck, Brundtland has connections to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Maurice Strong, the architect of the Kyoto protocol.
Agenda 21 is also supported by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), which garners funds from George Soros’ Open Society Institute. Soros’ Center for American Progress, Van Jones’ Green for All, and the Apollo Alliance, part of the TIDES Foundations, are also ICLEI partners.
Beck concluded after reading through the entire document outlining Agenda 21, “Sustainable development is just a really nice way of saying centralized control over all human life on earth.”
One of the authors of Agenda 21 has even admitted, “Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by every person on earth…[I]t calls for specific changes in the activities of all people…Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all humans, unlike anything the world has ever experienced.”
Noting the dangers of this UN plan, Glenn Beck told his viewers:
There are people that want to transform America and put our problems into the hands of the rest of the world. The best thing we can do is link arms together, neighbor to neighbor and reach out to our houses of worship and community centers and take care of each other like God and the Founders intended us to. But a growing number of people are latching on to the idea of globalism … groundwork is being laid right now for government control on a global level. These people have mastered the art of hiding it in plain sight and then just dismissing it as a joke … such is the case with Agenda 21.
He added, “This is a massive movement, and its real intentions are being masked with environmental issues. This structure was set up by those who want to set up a global government system. They wanted to set this structure up years ago.”
When President Bill Clinton established the Council on Sustainable Development, providing a permanent American platform for Agenda 21, the Council’s advisor mocked any notion that the purpose of the Agenda was to create a one-world government:
Participating in a UN advocated planning process would very likely bring out many of the conspiracy-fixated groups and individuals in our society. … This segment of our society who fear "one-world government" and a UN invasion of the United States through which our individual freedom would be stripped away would actively work to defeat any elected official who joined "the conspiracy" by undertaking LA21 [Local Agenda 21]. So we call our process something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth. [Emphasis added.]
More than 600 cities in the United States are current members of ICLEI, and as a result, residents of those cities are finding that their property rights are already under attack. After all, Agenda 21 advocates social justice (socialism) as a means “to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment.”
In California, for example, Agenda 21 is impacting the “sustainable management” of open spaces. The agenda has provoked contentious debate between those directing the planning meetings and those interested in protecting private property rights.
Additionally, the city council of Austin, Texas, approved of an “Energy Conservation Ordinance,” which adds to the city’s code of energy conservation new audit and disclosure requirements and creates offenses and imposes penalties.
Texans for Accountable Government (TAG) began to recognize the loss of liberties under Agenda 21 and staged a protest against the vote for the ordinance. Though the ordinance passed the council unanimously, TAG effectively brought more widespread attention to the dangers of Agenda 21, and was ultimately the motivation behind this particular episode of the Glenn Beck program.
Agenda 21 — being stealthily implemented across the country in the innocent-sounding name of environmentalism — is just one of the many examples of why constitutionalists warn that citizens must be vigilant, not just on a national and international level, but on a local one as well.