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Letter to the Enterprise: Straight talk about Agenda 21

Agenda 21

Straight talk about Agenda 21

In her May 20 letter to the editor “What’s on the other side?” Vicky Murphy insinuates that HR 5455 to create the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area is somehow linked to the United Nations’ Agenda 21, and that members of the International Council for Environmental Initiatives might be “positioning onto boards of directors of conservation areas, conservation easements and general plans.”

Comments like these continue to feed into several myths that have been circulating around this nonbinding blueprint.

The notion that Agenda 21 seeks to impose one world government on U.S. cities and towns, and that it is a combination of socialism and extreme environmentalism that threatens America’s capitalist roots, are conspiracy theories that have no basis in fact.

Agenda 21 is not a treaty and it is not legally binding. Federal, state and local governments are under no obligation to adopt any of the blueprint’s strategies or methods. Implementation of any part of Agenda 21 is the prerogative of individual governments, not the U.N.

Agenda 21 is simply a collective vision for development that simultaneously promotes economic growth, improved quality of life and environmental protection. It was adopted unanimously by all 178 countries, including the United States, that participated in the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development. The blueprint was supported by then-President George H.W. Bush.

Unsubstantiated claims such as that Agenda 21 calls for the confiscation of American land or property, or is a U.N. mandate, distort the integrity of the blueprint. If adopted, Agenda 21 can help communities strengthen and grow while simultaneously protecting the environment, ensuring that our cities and towns can be enjoyed by the generations that come after us.

Verena Borton
Davis Chapter, United Nations Association of the USA, Davis

 


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