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IN THE OPEN: Whose agenda is it?

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 5th, 2013

Are you breeding Bolsheviks in your closet? Is there a new Socialist movement about?

I was at a public meeting recently, and a concerned citizen reached over and said, “Psst, hey, you should read this pamphlet. Did you know the United Nations is taking over life as we know it?”

The pamphlet details how the United Nations has adopted a manifesto called “Agenda 21.” It explains how it will take away private, “constitutional” rights such as property ownership, your home, your car, travel choices, and private farms. Furthermore, it describes how “sustainability” is really just a ploy to develop a socialist state of global domination by the U.N. to create a centralized government. Is this for real?

I’m a bit of a research wonk. Since I too live in fear of losing my God-given rights vested in the Constitution, I researched the complete text of the U.N.’s Agenda 21.

Guess what? Not one sentence in 34 chapters of the Core Publications mentions taking away private constitutional rights. The conspiracy theory of Agenda 21 is just a hoax — preying on fears that “big government” has an internationally coordinated plot to steal your civil liberties and property. It’s just not true.

Adopted in 1997, Agenda 21 describes in great detail the urgency of applying sustainable practices in developing countries in resource management, farming, manufacturing, equitable trade practices, social equity for women and children, etc.

It notes that the industrialized countries consume most of the world’s resources while developing countries continue to pollute and use unsustainable production practices. Sadly, these practices will not sustain them in the long run since they may kill the “golden goose,” depleting the very resources on which we depend.

It makes sense to conserve resources and not pollute our world so that future generations, as well as the present, can continue to live, grow and prosper. Supporting fair trade will not take your home and car away. Supporting intelligent ideas on sustainable farming practices — that don’t deplete the land of nutrients — is a good idea, not socialist. Sharing good ideas and coming to agreement that it’s in all of our best interests isn’t a global conspiracy — it’s taking responsibility, and sharing important information on what we could do to make this a better world. I do not live in fear of Agenda 21. I’m glad it’s here. The future is bright.

DeCarli has been a resident of San Luis Obispo County for over 30 years, and has worked in the private and public sectors. She is a Cal Poly alumni and is a land use and environmental professional.

For the complete article see the 09-21-2012 issue.

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