April 11, 2012
ICLEI, Unelected Councils and other NGO vehicles promoting Agenda 21/Sustainable Development and the New World Order
America, as well as the rest of the entire world, is being deluged with schemes to do away with individual freedom, property rights and the Constitution. I do not exaggerate about the extent of the evils that are trying to control every aspect of our lives and to eliminate many of us. Lately I keep hearing (and often thinking myself) that it is too late to stop this train wreck; the global elite have taken us so far down the road toward global government that to return to a republican form of government here in the U.S. might be impossible. The elite have been doing this through ICLEI, Visioning plans and other unelected councils controlled by NGOs (non-governmental organizations) connected to the United Nations.
There are so many various schemes and layers of schemes to relieve us of our freedoms that it would take volumes to try to describe all of them and new ones are being invented almost daily.
This article will attempt to explain ICLEI and how unelected councils have invaded our towns, cities, counties, states and our lives -- and how they are destroying each of those entities as they become entrenched.
ICLEI is the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, now known as Local Governments for Sustainability. As we expose what each of these NGOs is doing to attack us, they change their names in the hope of sneaking in under the radar of communities and towns that haven’t been exposed to them yet. It only works for a little while, then they need to change their names again and again as the rocks are lifted and sunlight shines on these evil entities.
ICLEI, a non-profit, private foundation, is based in Bonn, Germany and their nefarious ploy ostensibly is to assist local entities, usually cities and towns, to reduce their carbon footprints. As their website puts it:
ICLEI supports local governments in finding and implementing local solutions to global challenges by (in their words):
helping local governments to establishing plans of action to meet their
locally defined, concrete, measurable targets
• working toward meeting these targets through the implementation of projects and by offering tools that help local governments to reach their goals
• evaluating local and cumulative progress toward sustainable development and making the commitments and actions of local governments known on a global level
• working in partnership with regional, national and international organizations and institutions to ensure an international framework that supports local action
What that means is that when an entity joins ICLEI they agree to set certain targets (defined by ICLEI and measured by tools sold to them by ICLEI).
ICLEI was one of the groups instrumental in creating Agenda 21. Their whole scheme is to get communities to regulate everything that affects the environment which, of course, is everything including our exhalations.
ICLEI is now operating in more than 600 cities in all 50 states. They are shooting for 1,000 member cities in the US alone in the next three years.
ICLEI’s vice chair, Harvey Rubin, made the telling statement, “Individual rights will have to take a backseat to the collective.” If what I described above doesn’t convince you that this NGO at least is trying to take away our rights and freedoms, his statement should bring it home.
American Planning Association
Along with ICLEI, the American Planning Association (an NGO) is part of the scheme. The APA just issued its new planning guide – sent to every community in the nation as well as every college and university.
A quick look through the planning guide finds references to social justice, smart growth, promotion of “affordable housing,” protection of farm land, stopping urban sprawl, combating climate change, dealing with homelessness, energy preservation, provisions for child care and more – all out of the social justice plank of Agenda 21.
Then there is a section on “property fairness,” wherein the report discusses efforts by property owners to stop government land grabs without compensation. The APA refers to these property owners as “radical property rights organizations.” (This is when you realize that I am not exaggerating on the extent to which they have achieved their goal of ridding us of our freedom.)
Comprehensive Development Plans, promoted by one or more NGO in city after city across the nation, are enforcing schemes to “cut their carbon footprint” by controlling energy use. One of the most popular tools now to control energy use is the energy audit and building review. They establish quotas for electrical use, and for heating and cooling pumps, and water use. The use of Smart Meters is meant not only to control our use but to track what we do in our homes.
With the energy audit, government bureaucrats will come into your home or office building and determine the amount of energy you should be using. You can expect that he audit will show that you are over their so-called sustainable usage so you will be given a list of “recommendations” necessary to bring you and your home into compliance.
These may include the need for a new roof; new energy efficient appliances; new windows, low-flow toilets and a subscription to a recycling plan.
In Oakland California, the city council did just these things, and the result was an average cost to every single homeowner of at least $35,000. To sell your home you will be required to bring your home into compliance.
On top of all these intrusions into our lives, the EPA is now funding NGOs to run training programs for people to photograph and report neighbors who may be “committing crimes against the environment.” Yep, read that last sentence again -- a crime against the environment. You can bet it will not be considered a misdemeanor whatever you do. Can you envision being labeled a felon for overuse of your washing machine last month?
There are Benefit Corporations (B Corp) that will support Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and Sustainability objectives. Read an excellent four part take on these at Freedom Advocates. [Link]
Visioning Plans have been around for some time but are now getting a lot of attention (finally). They are called planET (for East Tennessee), Five counties/one vision, Three states/one vision and many more permutations of this theme. They take a geographic area, define the boarders then place a comprehensive plan (often covering housing, transportation, the environment and adding some social aspect on it) and, voila, you have an unelected council that is now in charge of those areas and negating your duly elected officials.
There is nothing local about ICLEI other than it’s erstwhile name. ICLEI, the APA, B Corp and the rest are all part of the international agenda working through the United Nations to bring us under the umbrella of a one-world government.
Even the US State Department is in on it; it reports to the UN how well we are complying with A21. Yes, while the Constitution, in Article I section states: “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 War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay,” our government (through every department) is committing treason by submitting to the control of these UN entities.
As our national and local bureaucrats dutifully put all of these programs (ICLEI, MPA, Smart Meters, and on, ad infinitum) in place, they tell us, every step of the way, that it is all a local plan. If this is local, I am Lady Gaga.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. As I mentioned, new schemes (and the themes for them) are being devised every day. We cannot possibly keep up with all of them.
What we must do is get rid of them in our local area. At the suggestion of a local radio host, we are putting together something to offer to each city and county in the area to eliminate any Agenda 21 program in the local government. I will write more about this when we have it ready to execute. In the meantime I welcome your ideas and suggestions as to how to get the US back to being the country our forefathers conceived; to reinstate the Great American Experiment and to provide us, the citizens, once again the protection of our God-given rights to freedom and property.
© 2012 Kathleen Marquardt - All Rights Reserved
Kathleen Marquardt has been in the freedom movement since before it was called that. She was founder and chairman of Putting People First, a non-profit organization combatting the animal rights movement. Her book, AnimalScam: the Beastly Abuse of Human Rights, was published by Regnery in 1993. Kathleen has been Vice President of American Policy Center since 2000 and is the Agenda 21/Sustainable Development expert for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign. She is a contributing writer and researcher for Freedom Advocates.