“Private property and freedom are inseparable.” – George Washington
Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chair of the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI),and Clerk of the Circuit and County Court in Miami-Dade County, Florida, has said that
“individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective” in the process of implementing Sustainable Development.”
Governments for Sustainability” is a 501(c)
(3) nonprofi t created by a U.N. conference.
Now it’s offering advice to local politicians
and recruiting “strategic partners” to build
pressure for municipal energy regulation” Says The Capitol Research Center.
The City of Edmond is hosting a Sustainability forum tonight at 6pm.
“Over 1200 cities, towns, counties, and their associations worldwide comprise ICLEI’s growing membership. ICLEI works with these and hundreds of other local governments through international performance-based, results-oriented campaigns and programs”
First of all, what is ICLEI?
It is an United Nations Environmental Program
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)
Also Known As:
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
“ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations who have made a commitment to sustainable development. ICLEI provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level. Our basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.”
“ICLEI was founded in 1990 as the “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives”. The Council was established when more than 200 local governments from 43 countries convened at our inaugural conference, the World Congress of Local Governments for a Sustainable Future, at the United Nations in New York.”
ICLEI Charter 2006
“The Association shall maintain its formal institutional relationships with its founder patrons, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA), the latter from 1 January 2004 merged into the newly established World Organisation of United Cities and Local Governments.”
Find out if your city is an ICLEI city-
Residents of cities investing in the ICLEI plan will be relentlessly treated to the upsides of participation, but what are the true implications?
From Freedoms Advocates;
While some of these policies sound good on the surface, they result in consequences such as:
- High-density housing scams
- Traffic congestion
- Open space where access is not allowed
- Government “partnering” with favored private businesses and non-profit agencies, using your tax money
- Undermining Constitutional administration of government
- Managed control over your life
- Mismanagement of public utilities
- Prohibitions on natural resource management leading to increased fire hazards, lack of water, and private property restrictions,
- Increased taxes, fees, regulations and restrictions
Here very good outline of basic steps you can take to find out more about ICLEI and what you can do to oppose ICLEI in your city-
And here is more information on downsides of this plan for “sustainability” collected from various sources;
The American Thinker
Most Americans are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program known as Agenda 21. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development created Agenda 21 as a sustainability agenda which is arguably an amalgamation of socialism and extreme environmentalism brushed with anti-American, anti-capitalist overtones.
In his book, Earth in the Balance, Al Gore warned that a “wrenching transformation” must take place to lead America away from the “horrors of the Industrial Revolution.” The process to do that is called Sustainable Development and its’ roots can be traced back to a UN policy document called Agenda 21, adopted at the UN’s Earth Summit in 1992.
Sustainable Development calls for changing the very infrastructure of the nation, away from private ownership and control of property to nothing short of central planning of the entire economy – often referred to as top-down control. Truly, Sustainable Development is designed to change our way of life.
Many are now finding non-elected regional governments and governing councils enforcing policy and regulations. As these policies are implemented, locally-elected officials are actually losing power and decision-making ability in their own communities. Most decisions are now being made behind the scenes in non-elected “sustainability councils” armed with truckloads of federal regulations, guidelines, and grant money.
In fact, a recent study reported that elected city councils and commissioners have lost approximately 10% of their legislative power during the past 10 years, while, through the consensus process, the power of private groups called Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has increased by as much as 300%. It is a wrenching transformation, indeed.
Lots of information and resources here;
And finally a small collection of documents regarding Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development