• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Morning Bell: Agenda 21 and the Threat in Your Backyard

    Ready to trade in your car for a bike, or maybe a subway instead? Interested in fewer choices for your home, paying more for housing, and being crammed into a denser neighborhood? You can have all this and more if radical environmentalists and “smart growth” advocates have their way and local, state, and the federal government impose the policies set forth in the United Nations’ Agenda 21.

    You might have heard of this nefarious-sounding policy in a recent Republican presidential debate, but even if you haven’t, here’s some background information: Agenda 21 is a voluntary plan adopted at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. It calls on governments to intervene and regulate nearly every potential impact that human activity could have on the environment. The end goal? Getting governments to “rethink economic development and find ways to halt the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources and pollution of the planet.”

    As adopted, Agenda 21 was described as “a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.” That includes hundreds of specific goals and strategies that national and local governments are encouraged to adopt. And that translates into restrictive zoning policies that are aimed at deterring suburban growth. Ultimately, they suppress housing supply and drive up home prices, in turn imposing unnecessary costs, especially on middle- and lower-income households. These policies contributed to and aggravate the real estate bubble by putting inflationary pressures on housing prices.

    But here’s the catch: Nothing about Agenda 21 is binding, and it’s not a threat in and of itself. Instead, the threat Americans need to be concerned about is the one that lies in their own backyard. In a new paper, “Focus on Agenda 21 Should Not Divert Attention from Homegrown Anti-Growth Policies,” Wendell Cox, Ronald Utt, Brett Schaefer explain:

    Opponents of Agenda 21 should not be distracted from the more tangible manifestation of the smart-growth principles outlined in that document. If they focus excessively on Agenda 21, it is much more likely that homegrown smart-growth policies that date to the early 1970s and undermine the quality of life, personal choice, and property rights in American communities will be implemented by local, state, and federal authorities at the behest of environmental groups and other vested interests.

    In the United States, smart-growth policies started in California and Oregon but then spread around the country to “deter suburban growth for all but the well-to-do,” as Cox, Utt, and Schaefer explain. They also write that those policies were not without detrimental impact:

    As they became more prevalent and restrictive, their impact on housing prices and construction likewise expanded. An explosion of exclusionary zoning throughout the U.S. encouraged many communities to adopt zoning policies to ensure that they maintained a certain demographic ‘profile.’ Such zoning limited real estate development to higher-cost homes in order to ‘price out’ moderate-income households, which included a disproportionate share of minorities.

    Where do these home-grown smart-growth policies stand today? The Obama Administration has embraced them while also increasing environmental regulations and restrictions on the use of natural resources. But the White House isn’t the only one behind the smart-growth movement. Local and state officials, along with interest groups, are promoting the policies at all levels of government.

    And that’s where smart growth must also be thwarted. It’s not just a matter of standing against the implementation of Agenda 21 at the national level; it’s also about protecting our own backyards against the home-grown threat.

    Quick Hits:

    Posted in International [slideshow_deploy]

    78 Responses to Morning Bell: Agenda 21 and the Threat in Your Backyard

    1. Whicket Williams says:

      This is another reason why we MUST elect Ron Paul. He is the only one who is for smaller government, less control over EVERY aspect of our lives.

      • Ron Paul has half a brain. This is the same guy who says if Iran wants nukes, let them, it's non of our business.

      • You mean the same Ron Paul who says it's ok for Iran to have nukes?

      • Anne, VA says:

        Seriously? A write -in for Ron Paul is a shoe in for Obama! If you don't think the country can survive another four years of the "occupier in chief" than vote for WHOEVER the Republican nominee is. Seriously, our country's very survival depends on it. Another four years of unbridled restraint by these Chicago thugs and the U.S. is done. Exactly their intention.

        • Jeff Rink says:

          voting for "whoever the Republican nominee is" is what has gotten the country to this point. Can't you see that the Republicans are no different than the Democrats. I used to think the same way. One man can't do much. You must focus on the local level to defeat these politicians. Do you know the difference between debt and deficit? Most all of the candidates are calling for a cut in deficit spending. It's still spending money we don't have. How are we as a country supposed to survive on money we don't have. How are we supposed to support Israel if we are broke, which we are by the way. Are we the greatest nation on earth or are we the greatest occupier/nation builder on earth? Two years ago I wouldn't have used terms like occupier in regards to the US, but if you look at where we are and what's going on under both parties it is a little more obvious as long as you are truthful to yourself. Why do we have bases all over the globe? What is it costing us to run these bases? Our founding fathers warned us that a president that has a standing army will find a use for that army. The constitution mandates that we have and fund a full time navy. That's it folks. The homeland is to be taken care of by a well regulated militia, and militia doesn't translate into army. Who are we to be telling the rest of the world how they should live in their country. I don't like the UN telling us what we should do. Think about it.

    2. Jack says:

      OMG the U.N. again! when will we stop funding that joke?

    3. Robert, TX says:

      Huh? We've been paying more for housing for the last twenty years. And they have been forcing "denser neighborhoods" on us for the last 40 years. Then, to top it off they sprinkle in some section 8 developments to really make it great. The real threat is not in our backyard – it is in the beltway. These phony "tea party" republicans in the house have betrayed all of us – and their own families – while they hooked themselves up to the government glands. With Heritage and Fox providing their cover.

    4. Ron Webster says:

      Wake up America! Agenda 21 and ICLEI are the stealth programs that will erode our personal liberties. There are many sites to track with municpalities are compliant with Agenda 21. Check if your community has embraced these protocols and make your elected officials aware of the dangers. "A little bit of grant money to reduce carbon emissions etc…" And then your community is "locked in" even after the elected officials are replaced. Beware…this is an afront to property ownership, which has been one of the reasons America has been an exceptional country to live in…(visit panhandlepatriots.com for more info)

    5. Ron W. Smith says:

      Just one point. Climate change/global warming can be ignored as non-existent or it can be confronted head on internationally. The first steps have been taken by those who say confront it head on. Countering the claims behind those steps requires more than shouting across the divide, those who fear global warming.climate change on one side of the divide, those who say it's hokum (Agenda 21 part of that) on the other side of it. Discussion and debate, non-existent these days, should be what folks like Mike Brownfield push for.
      Let's begin a good discussion, Mr. Brownfield, and then debate–global warming/climate change, the effects of unrestricted population growth and necessary industry, and so on. Make the discussion open for all to see and hear internationally–and to judge. If we have nothing to fear, then the evidence presented by both sides will be the support for that outcome. Erring on the side of caution seems to me the safer route, so you know where I stand and why I say let's discuss, let's debate.

      • jrs5 says:

        Problem is, the "evidence" brought from those who believe in man made global warming is patently false and propagandized. How do you start a debate when the "facts" aren't even facts? The only fact is that we do not know nearly enough to even begin to make judgements on the topic, let alone sweeping policy decisions!

    6. Mary......WI says:

      The United Nations?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a joke! We continue to spiral down deeper and deeper into the abyss.

    7. ronald rahn says:

      If you are not a supporter of smart growth, what do you support….dumb growth? which is what we have in this country in too many instances because of politicians pandering to developers. Your economic arguements are overly simplistic and the same ones used by politicians to justify so-called growth, which too often undermines the quality of life for the rest of us. There needs to be a balanced approach to growth and development based on a dialog between all concerned parties, not just one based on monied interests as you suggest here.

      • Juan Martinez says:

        Ronald, I think that you have captured the essence of the issue here. It seems to me that Heritage does a disservice by pendering to hysteria: "The UN will rob us of our sovereignty!" Heritage might address this important issue by offering effective solutions consistent with its mission. For example: how can the power of free enterprise be used to better define and then promote "smart growth". Suburban sprawl has been a economic and social disaster for our communities and our environment. How can we do better?

      • RC jr says:

        "Smart growth" has nothing to do with actually being smart about how or even if we grow. It has everything to do with control. Read the text of Agenda 21. If that does not scare the crap out of you … then please feel free to move to some other country. China might be a good fit. Another document that is worth reading is the US Constitution. Go ahead and try to reconcile these two documents, then you decide what you want to support. There really is no middle of the road, or compromise when it comes to personal liberty and freedom. Agenda 21 takes both these from us and replaces it with government control over EVERYTHING we do.

      • jrs5 says:

        "Smart Growth" is nothing more than government controlled growth. Every level of development from land use, utilities, zoning, etc. are all mirco-managed by state and local govt so the govt can control development and not those evil, uncaring land owners! As one who works in the utility field, I can attest that it is NOT a "balanced" approach to development.

      • Dona says:

        I think you had better start reading up on Agenda 21 because if they have their way you will be riding a bicycle with no appliances in your home. They don't believe in personal property so you won't have to worry about smart growth.. It's called control of everything you own. No personal property for the people of the world. Does this agenda comfort you in any way because you can make your way to China right now to live your dream. Don't preach to me about class envy, I've worked for everything I've got and still give back to those that are less fortunate and I'm glad to do it. Live your life and stop the ENVY because it's just as bad as GREED!

    8. William McCord says:

      I am a conservative and enjoy receiving your daily updates. I certainly do not want a global government deciding my fate. Nevertheless, regarding the particular topic of Agenda 21 and its ramifications I disagree with your position. I am a homeowner. Like a huge majority of home-owners' in this country I'm horribly underwater. I WANT my home price to inflate. Respectfully, Bill McCord

      • Ann says:

        William you don't understand. Some homes will no longer be allowed. They want to move us out of rural areas and place us in stackable housing where you MUST walk to work, or shop OR MUST use public transportation. This is far more than housing prices. Heritage is way behind the curve on this. IF the approve my remark below, please see the links I gave to men who have researched this for 15 years. It will end up in totalitarianism. They will confiscation land with re-zoning, bringing values down so they can say "no human activity." Our 2020 general county plan has the maps with "no human activity" set for areas surrounding my home. This is SERIOUS SERIOUS business. The smiley environmental, green mask is killing this country and indoctrinating our children.

      • Delta Darlin says:

        William, if you want your property value to increase, then you MUST defeat Agenda 21. It is part and parcel with the falsely inflated real estate market and the subsequent bursting of that bubble that now has your drowning upside-down in your mortgage.

        All of this is about STEALING our right to own our own homes where we want to live, how we want to live and eventually everyone will be regulated out of rural areas, corralled into metropolitan zoos where we will be living in high rise cages, with our noses pressed to the windows as we watch the animals freely roam where we once did.

        Sick, twisted and demented is what Agenda 21 is, coupled with our one-party progressive government, what you see today will only get worse and sooner rather than later. If you want your equity to increase at a steady, market-driven level and not at the falsely inflated leaps and bounds of equity as had been in the past.

        So I'll have to respectfully disagree with you and lovingly educate you where you're missing the mark.

    9. Wayne Grievo says:

      Here we go again. Unconstitutional regulation, not legislation. America, please wake up before we have all our God given (through the Constitutiion) rights lost forever. The original Tea Party was a protest against taxation without representation. Just what in the h%^&& do you think is going on now.

      Wayne

      • Delta Darlin says:

        The MSM has bastardized the TEA (as in Taxed Enough Already) Party….not the Tea Party. Seems to me real patriots would repeatedly correct the MSM in this fact.

    10. AD-RtR/OS! says:

      Welcome to California.
      With the passage of the Coastal Conservation measure in the '70's, CA entered the era of "smart growth" led by our then Governor's theme of "if we don't build it, they won't come", and "small is beautiful".
      Virtually every enviro-whacko dream has become our daily nightmare, with zoning and construction codes making everything you do to try to improve your property an exercise in futility dealing with apparatchiks who know that no matter what happens (or, better yet in their view, doesn't), they will suffer no penalty or loss.

      • Ann says:

        Exactly right. NOW in Sonoma and Napa counties private property has off-sets to water on the land. That's right you can't use your own water. This is NOT America.

      • Delta Darlin says:

        Since we're talking California here…this also goes hand in hand with stealing all of our natural resources (water, natural gas, gold/minerals, etc.). Push/regulate people off their property, seal access to that same resource, then come back and claim it all for the elites.

        Appointed Councils are nothing more than political paybacks for those willing to sell their souls to the devil to perpetuate this nightmare on us.

    11. Gringo Infidel says:

      Typical idealistic Bull Durham masquerading as scholarship and science. if those advocating this Agenda 21 nonsense were true adherents to their cause they would rid the world of themselves in order to 'save the planet.'

    12. c. Madison says:

      Please follow up with specific examples or laws, locations, impacts, etc., or resources where we can find them summarized.

      • Millie Stevens says:

        Do a search: ICLEI. Do another search: Agenda 21. Go to freedomadvocates.org and search ICLEI Primer. Go to: americanpolicycenter.org for Agenda 21 in One Easy Lesson. Search these writers for info and videos: Tom DeWeese, Rosa Kiore, Dr. Michael Coffman. That will keep you busy for awhile, but don't plan on sleeping after you find this info!

        • Right on Millie, I am in San Diego and we just had a conference 'Behind the Green Curtain' and Rosa Koire, Orlean Koehle and a local woman spoke all about Agenda 21, sustainable development, smart meters (hey, it's Ca.) and the dangers posed with the RF. We are getting a small group of people to attend city/county council, planning meetings and talking to those elected or running for office. My pledge is 'not on my watch!' I fight for my granddaughter and all the other innocent children who will not see the America I grew up in.

      • Liguria says:

        Try here: http://teapartyops.com
        Look for Agenda 21 file, it will keep you busy. Look up ICLEI and drill down in their web pages, use your common sense and you will easily see how much freedom is being given up…

    13. Tim says:

      Newt, you are absolutlety right. We know because the filthy treasonous left sprung into action. Their Championship team of filthy, lying, sponges lept into action with some of the biggest ugliest lies ever seen by the freeloading, lazy, jerkoff Alcaida lovers have ever spewed from their reality challenged minds. I'd use the word brains but on the left it is mute concept.

    14. Wm. says:

      Heritage, you are slightly behind the curve on this and what is more you are not taking into account the soon to occur unavoidable, catastrophic, non-linear event that will plunge us helter-skelter into Agenda 21.

    15. Hank LaBate says:

      What an interesting name for the author of this article.

      In Northwest Michigan we are experiencing a plethora of local government action to eliminate all but one garbage collector and thus eliminate competition. We are asked to trust local politicians to get the best price. The advantage is stated as that it will save our roads and somehow be safer.
      My counter is by the same logic wouldn't it be reasonable to eliminate all but FEDEX as delivery trucks to our community?
      Is this part of Agenda 21 or related to it?

      • Doug Nicholson says:

        I don't know about Agenda 21, but it sure sounds like corruption to me. Also, you should be aware that many (not all, but many) garbage collection companies are connected to, or actually run by organized crime (Mafia, Cosa Nostra The Mob…whatever you want to call them).

    16. Bernard P. Giroux says:

      Ever since I entered the real estate business in 1970, there has been an assault on property rights which has gone on unabated. The "Bundle of Rights" which accrues to any individual or corporation owning real estate, subject only to the police power, escheat and taxation, has been literally peeled back like an onion. The latest invasion of these rights occurred when the banks decided to put some speed on the foreclosure process and ignore recordations and legal expenses by using electronic transfer systems instead of actually recording new paperwork every time a mortgage was bought and sold. The result was that no owner really knew who held the debt instrument on his property, because the title could not be traced.

      Now, these fools want to master plan everyone's private life and usurp whatever private property rights remain, in the name of forming the more perfect, environmentally friendly, Utopian state. This is communism in its boldest form, where everyone subsumes his individual rights to the state. My response to this usurpation and tyrannical act is that the powers to be are truly looking for an armed revolt by the middle class in the United States. I have heard too many comments from people of all races, creeds and persuasions which talk specifically about this possibility. November 2012 cannot come fast enough.

    17. Bernard P. Giroux says:

      Ever since I entered the real estate business in 1970, there has been an assault on property rights which has gone on unabated. The "Bundle of Rights" which accrues to any individual or corporation owning real estate, subject only to the police power, escheat and taxation, has been literally peeled back like an onion. The latest invasion of these rights occurred when the banks decided to put some speed on the foreclosure process and ignore recordations and legal expenses by using electronic transfer systems instead of actually recording new paperwork every time a mortgage was bought and sold. The result was that no owner really knew who held the debt instrument on his property, because the title could not be traced.

    18. Steve says:

      Agenda 21 is so massive and is now fully interwined into our laws and Green culture that this commentary section can't fully expose it. G.H.W. Bush signed it in 1992, only months after he gave several speeches about The New World Order and stating : “It is the sacred principles enshrined in the United Nations charter to which the American people will henceforth pledge their allegiance.” (George H. W. Bush, addressing the General Assembly of the U.N., February 1, 1992.)

      Good luck, comrades……..

    19. Donna Crawford says:

      I was very excited to see Heritage finally coming out with information on Agenda 21 and Smart Growth! In July of this year I e-mailed Heritage to get information on this subject, and they said they didn't have specific information, but sent me an article titled "Why Does Sovereignty Matter to America?, which I appreciated receiving. It's great information also.

      My husband and I attended a very informative Conference on Agenda 21 and ICLEI in September In Las Cruces, NM. Around 150 people attended the Conference. More such conferences need to be held around the country to inform our citizens of what is going on right before our very eyes. Smart Growth, Sustainable Development, Transportation Planning are all buzzwords for organizations like ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability). Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with green environmental agendas are very influential at the local and state levels for adopting the sustainable development programs. Of course, state and federal government grants are dangled like carrots in front of the local city, county and state commissions.

      The biggest concern of the Agenda 21 programs such as ICLEI, Smart Growth, and Sustainable Development is the danger of property rights being taken away. Once we have given up our property rights to these programs, we have also given away our nation's sovereignty and individual freedom.

      Please, let's hear more from Heritage on this subject. I'm sure your researchers have done a great job!

      .

      • Doug Nicholson says:

        Good comment, Donna. Of course, they already began taking away our property rights when the SCOTUS ruled that municipal governments could take our land under "eminent domain" and sell it to private developers.

    20. Donna Crawford says:

      I was very excited to see Heritage finally coming out with information on Agenda 21 and Smart Growth! In July of this year I e-mailed Heritage to get information on this subject, and they said they didn't have specific information, but sent me an article titled "Why Does Sovereignty Matter to America?, which I appreciated receiving. It's great information also.

    21. Jim Lampe says:

      Here is proof of the threat; the UN's goal is to take 50% of the America. So far they have about 30%. (This is being done under Agenda 21, Biodiversity) http://www.floridapoliticalpress.com/2011/07/25/t

    22. toledofan says:

      So, just call it what it is; a new tax or a revenue enhancement so that those who have more can pay more and support those who don't. Anytime the U.N. gets involved its usually about money. It is way past time for us to get out of this organization or at the very least to stop funding it.

    23. S Rubicon says:

      Agenda 21 was conceived long before Global Warming became chic. It has been a part of the agenda at the UN for decades, just not in its current form. As for Climate Change, please have Climate Gate I and now Climate Gate II resolved before we attack 'deniers.' If its all so incontrovertible, why are leaders in the movement manipulating data & especially data used to develop much of the Climate Change criteria used to develop restrictive legislation that will lead to enormous tax increases. Much of what we face will make those pushing the CO2 restriction agenda, will become uber wealthy. They also had a part in writing the legislation, while "we the people" had almost no say at all. I suggest 80% of the Climate Change agenda, is conytived for polical effect & for financvial effect of those controlling the legislative processes. And its BOTH parties, not one versus the other.

    24. kANNE says:

      ATTENTION ALL GOVERNMENTS/ENTITIES! LEAVE US THE HELL ALONE!

    25. JCED says:

      The purpose behind Agenda 21 and all control of our environment worldwide is too further gain complete control of our lives. If the lands use and ownership is government controlled, then our food and energy is controlled. Once we have lost that, we have lost all control of our lives. Control of the land has always been big on the list for socialist/communists. It's all about CONTROL.

    26. Joanneo says:

      The UN is one of the worse things that ever happened to our country. We need to kick them out, hopefully never to hear from them again. Next comes at least 80% of our elected politicians who belong to secret groups, they all need to go. Global warming? It is all about making big bucks for the ones who are pushing it..another debt for taxpayers. If we want to keep our country safe, all persons running for office should be investigated thoroughly . NO MORE ENEMIES IN OUR POLITICAL OFFICES.

    27. FlaJim says:

      Micromanaging zoning laws at the local level is just one way these socialists want to herd us around. It extends to how our food is grown, what we're allowed to eat, and whether they'll continue turning food into ineffecient fuel. The name of the game with socialists is control and fostering dependence.

      That's why the global warming hoax is so attractive to them. It justifies redistribution in the name of 'saving the planet' even though most of those who simply aren't thieves (viz Algore) know there's no scientific basis for their advocacy. Again, the aim is control.

    28. Ann says:

      @Donna Crawford I agree. Where have the watchdogs been. This Agenda has been working in our country since 1992 when George H. Bush signed the agreement in Rio. At the 11th meeting of the President's Council on Sustainable Development, Ron Brown, then Secretary of the Department of Commerce, reported that his department could implement more than 60 percent of the recommendations of Agenda 21 through the rule making process, without additional legislation. We're seeing that through the EPA, DOT, Forest Service, and all regulatory bodies NOW. In my country we have water offsets of 100-feet on our private property. We are told not to use or approach the water on our land. Former NFL star, Clint Didier, has been told by the EPA he has a 500-foot offset from water on his private land and his cattle are NOT to use it.

      These three organizations participated in the preparations for the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements in 1976, where the first formal policy on land use was adopted by a U.N. agency. Many of the land use restrictions now imposed on land owners across America arise directly from the policy recommendations adopted at this U.N. conference. The preamble to the conference report on land use sets the tone for more than 50 pages of very specific land use policy recommendations:
      "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 principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, and therefore, contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole. Public control of land use is therefore indispensable…."1

      They use ICLEI (International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives) as the front group supported by the U.N. to infiltrator your local city councils. YOUR taxes pay for them to set up a "sustainable development" plan or Smart Growth plan. They will deny it, but I challenge you to go to your city planning department, ask to see the sustainable development plans, smart growth plans, and most importantly your county 2020 general plan and the land use maps. Take heart and blood pressure meds first. They want you shackled, and moved like cattle into areas you wouldn't want your dog to end up living. Public lands in CA are being shutdown, counties devastated economically, hydro-electric dams being demolished, irrigation water being remove from ranchers and farmers. If you want to find out what you're really up against. I highly recommend: http://www.freedomadvocates.org or http://americanpolicy.org/ YOU MUST ACT LOCALLY, run for office, get those for this out of elected seats. Your children will not have America you grew in.

      • John says:

        If you lived downstream of Mr. Didier's property, or were interested in fishing or swimming in the downstream areas, you would probably appreciate the fact that his cattle are prohibited from polluting it!

    29. Ann says:

      @Donna Crawford I agree. Where have the watchdogs been. This Agenda has been working in our country since 1992 when George H. Bush signed the agreement in Rio. At the 11th meeting of the President's Council on Sustainable Development, Ron Brown, then Secretary of the Department of Commerce, reported that his department could implement more than 60 percent of the recommendations of Agenda 21 through the rule making process, without additional legislation. We're seeing that through the EPA, DOT, Forest Service, and all regulatory bodies NOW. In my country we have water offsets of 100-feet on our private property. We are told not to use or approach the water on our land. Former NFL star, Clint Didier, has been told by the EPA he has a 500-foot offset from water on his private land and his cattle are NOT to use it.

    30. Frederick Hall says:

      AGENDA 21: I thought this subject was a plan to help earthlings grow in a manner
      that would benefit all. Your thinking is different: "controlled and liberal"; I do not
      understand the reasons for your animosity….please LIST your objections so we can
      make a judgement.

    31. Dwana townsend says:

      I wonder what other policies that affect our way of life that are in the works that we don't know about??? EXPOSE them all!!!!

    32. C. P. Smith says:

      Not to worry, my fellow Americans.
      Now, let's see…mmmm….
      1. impending economic collapse in Europe.
      2. worldwide civil unrest, including the U.S.
      3. passage a few nights ago of S.1867
      3. 133 Deep Underground Military Bases/U.S.A.
      5.. agenda 21>the New World Order.
      Well, that about completes the picture.
      Good luck, America.

    33. Richard May says:

      While some may view smart growth as a "conspiracy" if simply makes common sense. No one is forcing anyone to live in more densely populated urban centers. People young and old tend to find more "community" within well-planned and organized urban centers. Furthermore, the argument that "smart growth" creates more zoning regulations and complex planning is simply false. Quite the contrary. If Mr. Brownfield took any serious time to do his research with an open mind, he might come up with conclusions that are totally myopic and lack substance. And this is from someone who wants less government and controls and more thought given to how we can build sustainable communities for ourselves and our children. Is that asking too much or do we need to hide behind the boogeyman of conspiracy theories?

    34. Dr. Henry Sinopoli says:

      While I enjoy reading the Heritage reports and one-sided information papers, in the future, I will not be offering any comments. It would seem that if any comment substantiates the Heritage Foundations collaboration with life-long Republican politicians, it will not be printed. It's obvious living in Washington D.C., with the lifers has convinced you to go-along-to-get-along.

    35. Ronald Ceres says:

      America desperately needs a reprieve from the Progressive ultra Left expansion of government on all levels.
      This only can begin with the defeat of Barrack Hussein Obama and his left-wing nut jobs.

    36. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      What's Agenda 21?

    37. RC jr says:

      Actually, it's all about local government and policies. At least in my experience. There really is not a great deal "I" can do at a national level, however I can affect my local neighborhood, schools, and community in general. This I do by NOT being silent about what I know. Encouraging others to educate themselves. And asking them to get involved at whatever level they can (unless they like this stuff and want to live in a China style community, Then I recommend that they move to China and leave my neighborhood alone).
      We actually have folks working in our local governments that are pushing this agenda. Some (probably most) of them are completely unaware what they are doing, or why. They have been indoctrinated into this "Smart" or "sustainable" way of thinking, and have no clue what they are really doing.

    38. mbrosch says:

      The truly scary document was the preamble to the Kyoto accords. In that document they spelled out specifically that America was the problem and not the solution and that the world needed to abandon such things as free enterprise, private ownership of property and gun ownership rights. Basically it seeks to curtail all the rights that we as Americans hold as inalienable. The UN climate panel is nothing more than way to embrace everything that we fought for in Europe to protect them from.
      We need to withhold all funding for the UN unless it's clearly in our interests to do otherwise.

    39. Allen says:

      Why can't we control the borders and reduce immigration, thereby, reducing the need for new housing? Also, the "Smart Working" environment recently introduced where I work that does away with individual offices and cubes in favor of "collaborative" space where no one has an assigned seat seems in sync. with the Agenda 21 themes. The idea came form United Kingdom.

    40. Daniel says:

      Help me understand this: you're saying that "smart growth" should be opposed because it is a) a U.N.-driven threat to national sovereignty, and b) a "home-grown" movement. Both of these sound really insidious and – don't worry – I'm about to reach for my pitchfork. I just want to know whether I'm routing out the evils that dwelleth amongst us or resisting the dictates of our global overlords. It hurts my brain to get into a frenzy over both at the same time.

    41. Wubbles says:

      This atrocity must be stopped! Higher densities would mean more people around who won't talk to me. Also, bike helmets won't fit over my tinfoil hat.

    42. Doug Nicholson says:

      "…find ways to halt the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources…". In order that we may, what? Sit around in our crowded, overly hot (or cold) homes or while riding the high-speed rail, bus or light-rail (because you're not allowed to own a car) and think wondrous thoughts about the billions and billions of barrels of oil and natural gas being "conserved" beneath our feet and which we are forbidden to access? Sounds like Scrooge McDuck, constantly counting all the gold in his vault, but never spending any of it. These are the plans of globalists who want a totalitarian one world government wherein THEY (the self appointed, so-called "elites") have all the power to decide everything about how you live your life. And I promise, if this ever comes to pass, they'll use those resources any time they choose to do so…but for THEIR benefit only.
      All you have to do in order to understand what it would be like is to examine how every communist regime has been run since the idea of communism was first conceived. "Elites" at the top because, of course, they know what's "best" for all, and everyone else subservient and subject, even in matters of life and death, to their whims.
      Better decide real soon how you want the lives of yourselves, your children, grandchildren and other loved ones to be lived; in freedom or under the thumb of some group of tyrants. Personally, I choose FREEDOM!

    43. GRS says:

      Although not mentioned, I must assume the "smart thermostat" concept hawked by GE fall sunder the purview of this same statist thinking.

    44. rcjr says:

      Actually, it's all about local government and policies. At least in my experience. There really is not a great deal "I" can do at a national level, however I can affect my local neighborhood, schools, and community in general. This I do by NOT being silent about what I know. Encouraging others to educate themselves. And asking them to get involved at whatever level they can (unless they like this stuff and want to live in a China style community, Then I recommend that they move to China and leave my neighborhood alone).

    45. Hank says:

      Agenda 21 is just one more nail in the coffin of smaller more efficient government , we the people. When government becomes too big for us to afford it any longer we will crash and burn just like any business who spends out of control. I think we are there.

    46. Kenny says:

      "Smart growth" is a ludicrous idea that aims to control every aspect of our lives. It's really just a euphemism for control by elites. The same people who support smart growth have fallen hook, line and sinker for the global warming crisis hoax and think that in order to save the earth we must all reduce our carbon footprints. This is all about environmentalist wack jobs who just shouldn't get out of bed in the morning because they're afraid of modern civilization. Once they fall for that fraud, they are suckers fo every other environmental scare and think it is their duty to control how others live their lives. At heart, these views are totalitarian and elitist. It's time to take America back from these Agenda 21 nutjobs.

    47. Paul Roy says:

      After reading the initial report here the last week, I realized my town was attempting to implement parts of Agenda 21, on the local level. After a blitz of emails and some blog posts, we in our local tea party were able to garner enough support to defeat the article.

      Thanks again for great info Heritage.

    48. Robert says:

      This gives me an 180 degree different view of the "growth envelopes" that the county has designated to guide things along. Will now oppose them in almost their entirely.

    49. Terry says:

      Agenda 21 goes hand in hand with the new bill that our senate passed in November 2011, yep just last month. Check it out S-1867. Yes, it's all about control, and if we don't follow the new rules we will find ourselves in one of the many FEAM camps around the country. Oh, by the way, there are already UN troops on American soil.

    50. Southern Girl says:

      After Katrina many consultants advocating "Smart Growth" policies flocked to the Gulf Coast. Thus, our zoning laws are very restrictive and people who should have "grandfather" rights have been harassed into paying exhorbitant fines or their re-construction was halted. All because we were bribed with government grants and money to restore the region. They were wolves in sheeps clothing and our local officials fell for Smart Growth hook, line and sinker. We now have an overabundance of apartment complexes and low income "affordable" housing which will be a worse blight on our landscape than the damage from Hurricane Katrina. At least the storm wiped things clean. Ugh….the United Nations and their Agenda 21 needs to take a long hike never to return.

    51. Timhebert says:

      Wow, the Paulbots are everywhere…..all 12 of them!

    52. Roy Callahan says:

      Like the Constitution, I'm glad to see Heritage addressing this one. This is a threat to our liberty.

    53. Single moms also need to fulfill some other specific prerequisites, in addition to registering for FASFA. School accreditation or just about any ACE comparable accreditation might be needed, in some cases. Yet another essential standards include a valid scrutiny number, an evidence concerning United States passport, along with a strong reasoning.Federal government grants for unmarried mothers for houses are available for moms, and so they occur in different types. The essential need for your kids is a house, and as being a single mom you can lessen your load regarding everyday expenses via applying for a real estate grant.

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×