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Groundwork To Launch Regional Growth Planning Process Reaches Milestone
posted October 14, 2011
A stakeholder group consisting of elected, business, and philanthropic leaders from the tri-state region of Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama which encompasses three metropolitan statistical areas has announced a major milestone in the effort to lay the groundwork to launch a 40-year regional growth planning process.
LET THE BATTLE BEGIN …. LET’S WORK TOWARD DEFEATING THIS PLAN!
Anyone able to work on opposing this plan, please contact
Karen Bracken firstname.lastname@example.org
16 Counties in TN, GA, AL to be bulked into a 40-yr Sustainable Development plan
TN: Polk, McMinn, Bledsoe, Bradley (anchored by the city of Cleveland), Hamilton (anchored by the city of Chattanooga) Marion, Meigs, Rhea and Sequatchie
GA: Catoosa, Dade, Murray, Walker, Whitfield (anchored by the city of Dalton)
AL: Dekalb abd Jackson
If you live or you know someone that lives in or near these counties please ensure they contact me if they are interested in joining a team to attend the kickoff meeting on November 17 and to follow this through until we have stopped them from implementing this bulk attack on rural America. We need 1 lead person for each county to coordinate the citizens of their county. That will include recruiting boots on the ground to educate the public, attend planning meetings/conference calls to plan our defense, attend the commission meetings and roll out our plan of attack at each meeting.
This is Agenda 21 and we must stick together to show them we are no longer going to allow them to dictate how we live our lives. If you know of anyone that lives in GA, AL, TN that you would like to include please let Karen know.
Henry Lamb: Regional Planning Begins
Numerous resources: Sustainable Development
Efforts to identify a team of expert firms to help organize and facilitate the effort have progressed through a request for qualifications, a request for proposals, and reference checks to narrow the field of contenders to three finalist teams:
Wallace Roberts & Todd; Gresham Smith & Partners; PlaceMatters; Ann Coulter; Neathawk Dubuque& Packett; Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness; Center for Neighborhood Technology; Leslee T. Alexander Consulting; Constructive Technologies Group; and RERC Strategic Advisors.
McBride Dale Clarion; Clarion Associates; Fregonese Associates; Kimley-Horn and Associates; Brown Pearman Russell; BAE Urban Economics; Opticos Design, Inc; Ann Coulter; PlaceMatters; The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies; and Neathawk Dubuque & Packett.
Renaissance Planning Group; Cambridge Systematics; ICF International; Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon; Ann Coulter; Neathawk Dubuque & Packett; Robert Grow Consulting; and The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies.
All of the finalist teams include local firms, and the companies that comprise the teams reflect the depth and breadth of experience necessary to complete a truly comprehensive regional planning process including expertise in community engagement, many different types of planning, financial analysis, data collection, and the establishment of community metrics.
According to Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, the effort is designed to pioneer a new kind of long-term, region-wide planning. “Our goal is to create a kind of business plan for the region,” said County Mayor Coppinger. “In addition to incorporating traditional planning topics, the process will include financial analysis. We also aim to establish a set of numeric benchmarks, so we will be able to assess results as we implement the plan and make course corrections whenever necessary.”
All three of these expert teams will make a presentation during an open public meeting on Nov. 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Chattanoogan Hotel. Everyone in the region is invited to attend the meeting and provide feedback on the finalists. Event organizers are also planning to broadcast the event via local television and a web cast to make the public meeting widely accessible to people from across the region. Read more HERE.
UN’s Agenda 21 Equals Organized ‘Snitching’
By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
America was founded on the idea that private property is sacred. Americans cannot conceive their country without the right to own property. As they go about their daily lives, the United Nations Agenda 21 is methodically chipping away at our country’s solid foundation.
Under the guise of protecting the environment, water conservation, resources, reducing carbon footprint, reducing the use of electricity, smart grid, smart meters, cutting down the use of fossil fuels, separating people from their cars in favor of mass transit, biking and walking within five minutes of residence, returning land to wilderness by moving large rural and urban populations into high rise tenements in green zones, and social justice, the UN is taking over our lives.
UN Agenda 21 marches on in spite of the many revelations that global warming, climate change scare tactics, faulty data, and faux academic research from the University of East Anglia have been debunked.
U.S. Energy Secretary Chu, promoting engineering education in Portland, spoke about what he sees as the next great space race: Sustainability. Not only was he promoting engineering when our space program no longer exists, but his remarks on green energy came on the heels of three bankruptcies of “clean energy” companies that are yet to deliver any clean energy or provide the millions of jobs needed to replace the current ones lost during Obama’s misadministration of our fossil fuel-based economy. The most recent company to fail is Solyndra in spite of the heavy stimulus dollars invested in its venture.
Ethanol-producers of “clean energy” were complaining that the price of corn has gone up and the supply of corn has diminished, hurting their ability to produce ethanol. At the same time, our food supply of corn has diminished as well, and some countries are experiencing shortages of their staple food and higher prices. This is one indication that we are definitely nowhere near replacing fossil fuels as a large scale, cheap source of energy without bankrupting our entire economy.
UN Agenda 21 with its sustainability is not about safeguarding the environment and clean energy, it is about economic power and control. It is about brokering and laundering carbon credit scams, about world dominance and destruction of the largest economy on the planet. The U.S. is the only country standing in the way of a one world global government under the aegis of the United Nations.
Every day I discover a new facet to UN Agenda 21 that has been in place for quite some time, sold as a voluntary activity with broad population consensus. They call us “stakeholders,” although few of us have any idea what is going on.
Today I found the Global Reporting Initiative. According to their website, ”The Global Reporting Initiative is a registered not-for-profit organization located in Amsterdam.” Their leftist vision is supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Finance Corporation, the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
I spent several hours navigating through the myriad of resources, data, and links. I am sure, most Americans do not have the interest or the time to research what is happening to their country.
GRI is encouraging organizations to report (read snitch) on Sustainable Development compliance in their countries.
The list of past supporters includes: European Commission, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, UN Foundation, World Bank, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation, United States Environment Protection Agency, V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, the Soros Foundation, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Germany, and Australia.
The portal supporters of this ‘voluntary’ Sustainable Development reporting network are TATA, Microsoft, and HP.
“Every two years GRI organizes the ‘Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency’, which has developed into the most important network meeting in the field of sustainability reporting worldwide.”
GRI has global partnerships, alliances, and synergies with many leftist organizations and governments. GRI has divided the globe into five sectors, overseen by Stakeholder Council Members. The sectors are Africa, Asia Pacific/Oceania, Latin America/Caribbean, North America/Europe, and West Asia.
GRI has “synergies” with the Earth Charter Initiative, International Finance Corporation (a World Bank group), the International Organization for Standardization, and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. It is difficult and tedious to wade through the euphemistic language that seems so tame yet it hides the true intent of the organization, to control our corporate and economic activity.
“The mission of the Earth Charter Initiative is to promote the transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace.”
Here is my response to the above charter mission.
We do not live in a democracy, we live in a constitutional republic. I do not want to live in a global society; I want to live in the United States of America and to safeguard its freedoms. Human rights are respected in America.
We are so diverse to the point that political correctness is destroying our society. Do we want socialist “economic justice” that involves taking wealth from producers and giving it to non-producers who are satisfied with waiting on handouts from the government?
It is hard to imagine an American who does not want to live in peace; unfortunately, we are at war with a hostile theocratic ideology and thus, as the Romans very wisely said, “Si vis pacem, para bellum,” if you desire peace, prepare for war. Read more here.
Agenda 21 In One Easy Lesson
Awareness of Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development is racing across the nation as citizens in community after community are learning what their city planners are actually up to. As awareness grows, I am receiving more and more calls for tools to help activists fight back. Many complain that elected officials just won’t read detailed reports or watch long videos. “Can you give us something that is quick, and easy to read that we can hand out,” I’m asked.
So here it is. A one page, quick description of Agenda 21 that fits on one page. I’ve also included for the back side of your hand out a list of quotes for the perpetrators of Agenda 21 that should back up my brief descriptions.
A word of caution, use this as a starter kit, but do not allow it to be your only knowledge of this very complex subject. To kill it you have to know the facts. Research, know your details; discover the NGO players in your community; identify who is victimized by the policies and recruit them to your fight; and then kill Agenda 21. That’s how it must be done. The information below is only your first step. Happy hunting.
What is Sustainable Development?
According to its authors, the objective of sustainable development is to integrate economic, social and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity. Sustainablists insist that every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on three components; global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction.
Social Equity (Social injustice)
Social justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people “to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment.” Redistribution of wealth. Private property is a social injustice since not everyone can build wealth from it. National sovereignty is a social injustice. Universal health care is a social injustice. All part of Agenda 21 policy.
Public Private Partnerships (PPP). Special dealings between government and certain, chosen corporations which get tax breaks, grants and the government’s power of
Eminent Domain to implement sustainable policy. Government-sanctioned monopolies.
Local Sustainable Development policies
Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, STAR Sustainable Communities, Green jobs, Green Building Codes, “Going Green,” Alternative Energy, Local Visioning, facilitators, regional planning, historic preservation, conservation easements, development rights, sustainable farming, comprehensive planning, growth management, consensus.
Who is behind it?
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (formally, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives). Communities pay ICLEI dues to provide “local” community plans, software, training, etc. Addition groups include American Planning Council, The Renaissance Planning Group, International City/ County Management Group, aided by US Mayors Conference, National Governors Association, National League of Cities, National Association of County Administrators and many more private organizations and official government agencies. Foundation and government grants drive the process.
Where did it originate?
The term Sustainable Development was first introduced to the world in the pages a 1987 report (Our Common Future) produced by the United Nations World Commission on Environmental and Development, authored by Gro Harlem Brundtland, VP of the World Socialist Party. The term was first offered as official UN policy in 1992, in a document called UN Sustainable Development Agenda 21, issued at the UN’s Earth Summit, today referred to simply as Agenda 21.
What gives Agenda 21 Ruling Authority?
More than 178 nations adopted Agenda 21 as official policy during a signing ceremony at the Earth Summit. US president George H.W. Bush signed the document for the US. In signing, each nation pledge to adopt the goals of Agenda 21. In 1995, President Bill Clinton, in compliance with Agenda 21, signed Executive Order #12858 to create the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in order to “harmonize” US environmental policy with UN directives as outlined in Agenda 21. The EO directed all agencies of the Federal Government to work with state and local community governments in a joint effort “reinvent” government using the guidelines outlined in Agenda 21. As a result, with the assistance of groups like ICLEI, Sustainable Development is now emerging as government policy in every town, county and state in the nation.
Revealing Quotes From the Planners
“Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by EVERY person on Earth…it calls for specific changes in the activities of ALL people… Effective execution of Agenda 21 will REQUIRE a profound reorientation of ALL humans, unlike anything the world has ever experienced… ” Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save Our Planet (Earthpress, 1993). Emphases – DR
Urgent to implement – but we don’t know what it is!
“The realities of life on our planet dictate that continued economic development as we know it cannot be sustained…Sustainable development, therefore is a program of action for local and global economic reform – a program that has yet to be fully defined.” The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide, published by ICLEI, 1996.
“No one fully understands how or even, if, sustainable development can be achieved; however, there is growing consensus that it must be accomplished at the local level if it is ever to be achieved on a global basis.” The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide, published by ICLEI, 1996.
Agenda 21 and Private Property
“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, therefore contributes to social injustice.” From the report from the 1976 UN’s Habitat I Conference.
“Private land use decisions are often driven by strong economic incentives that result in several ecological and aesthetic consequences…The key to overcoming it is through public policy…” Report from the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, page 112.
“Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.” Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the UN’s Earth Summit, 1992.
Reinvention of Government
“We need a new collaborative decision process that leads to better decisions, more rapid change, and more sensible use of human, natural and financial resources in achieving our goals.” Report from the President’s Council on Sustainable Development
“Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.” Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chairman, ICLEI. The Wildlands Project
“We must make this place an insecure and inhospitable place for Capitalists and their projects – we must reclaim the roads and plowed lands, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres or presently settled land.” Dave Foreman, Earth First.
What is not sustainable?
Ski runs, grazing of livestock, plowing of soil, building fences, industry, single family homes, paves and tarred roads, logging activities, dams and reservoirs, power line construction, and economic systems that fail to set proper value on the environment.” UN’s Biodiversity Assessment Report.
Hide Agenda 21’s UN roots from the people
“Participating in a UN advocated planning process would very likely bring out many of the conspiracy- fixated groups and individuals in our society… This segment of our society who fear ‘one-world government’ and a UN invasion of the United States through which our individual freedom would be stripped away would actively work to defeat any elected official who joined ‘the conspiracy’ by undertaking LA21. So we call our process something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth.” J. Gary Lawrence, advisor to President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development. Source HERE.