If your local government is a member of ICLEI, they are partnering directly or indirectly with other local governments the world-over to transform our very way of life into a United Nations vision of “Sustainable” living. Now there’s a lot of propaganda out there that sells these concepts. The eco-freindly terms “sustainability”, “Biodiversity”, “Multi-Stakeholder partnerships”, “Smart growth”, “comprehensive planning”, “growth management”, etc are designed to disarm and mislead local leaders. Chances are your local leaders look at this group as an aid to formulating 21st century local planning. They have no idea how deep they are in it. Unfortunately, the threat is very real. You see the United Nations knows that their Agenda 21 is so radical that they could never implement it from the top down. They have to convince local leaders that they are implementing a policy that is local in scope and benign to its citizens. The thrust of Agenda 21 is to transform traditional individual property rights into collective property rights. Through regulations, Agenda 21 seeks to develop communities that are “sustainable” on their terms. The rights of the individual are of no concern. Agenda 21 is based upon the premise that government planning should replace the western understanding of private stewardship. Carroll County Maryland agrees with this assessment. Read their Press Release here: Fighting 59th Terminates ICLEI Membership
There are also Constitutional concerns. Local governments cannot bypass the Congress of the United States and establish partnerships that are global in scope. The federal government has authority to set foreign policy. All elected local officials swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.
United States Constitution: Article 1 Section 10ICLEI uses the population of the localities and the income level of its citizens to price their membership and they include those population totals when they boast of their membership totals. So essentially, if your local government is a member, they used your tax dollars (minimal amount) to achieve membership for yourself. You may be a member and not even know it !
paragraph 1. No state shall enter into any treaty, alliance, or confederation; grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money; emit bills of credit; make any thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts; pass any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts, or grant any title of nobility.
paragraph 3. No state shall, without the consent of Congress, lay any duty of tonnage, keep troops, or ships of war in time of peace, enter into any agreement or compact with another state, or with a foreign power, or engage in a war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay.
Lets take a look at the Pennsylvania ICLEI delegation (hyperlinks obtained on ICLEI membership list except Forest Hills):
- Allegheny County joined in 2009
- Cranberry Township joined in 2009 (3 Climate Protection Milestones Awarded)
- East Whiteland Township joined in 2009
- Falls Township joined in 2009
- Forest Hills joined in 2010
- Haverford joined in 2007 (1 Climate Protection Milestones Awarded)
- Lower Makefield joined in 2007
- Lower Southampton Township joined in 2009
- City of Meadville joined in 2008
The City of Meadville is putting the final touches on a Greenhouse Gas Inventory. This inventory addresses the emissions from City owned facilities. Once the inventory is complete, target reductions will be identified and implemented.
- Middletown Township joined in 2009
- Montgomery Township joined in 2009
- Mt. Lebanon joined in 2008
- Narberth joined in 2008
- Nether Providence joined in 2007
- Penndel Borough joined in 2009
- Penn Hills joined in 2009
- Philadelphia joined in 2007 (3 Climate Protection Milestones Awarded)
- Pittsburgh joined in 2007 (5 Climate Protection Milestones Awarded)
- Radnor joined in 2007
- Warwick Township joined in 2011
- West Chester joined in 2007
Reference: ICLEI: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (The Good talks about membership cancellations and citizen resistance)
Reference: Tom DeWeese’s American Policy Center, A leading Authority on Agenda 21
Reference: The United Nations Agenda 21
Reference: Sustainability Presentation for Local Governments Online Video from Ocala Florida
Take Action: Read the Reference Material and Contact your local officials. Use the Carroll County MD Press Release above and/or reprints of The New American Agenda 21 article to inform your local officials as to the nature of the ICLEI and the UN sustainability program. Feel free to link to my blog and formulate opinion letters in your local newspapers as well. Email your neighbors and/or hand them an article reprint about this threat.