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By Tom DeWeese
June 15, 2005
We've all seen the bumper stickers, "Think Globally - Act
Locally." It's a creation of those who seek to impose
international guidelines, rules, and regulations on how we all
live. Americans are about to find that it's not just an empty
From June 1 through 5, 2005, the city of San Francisco was the
site of an international conference called "World Environment
Day." But, the agenda of this conference was much bigger than
just another hippy dance in the park. This meeting of the global
elite had a specific target, and an agenda with teeth. The goal
was the full implementation of the U.N.'s Agenda 21 policy
called Sustainable Development, a ruling principle for top-down
control of every aspect of our lives - from food, to health
care, to community development, and beyond. This time, the
target audience is our nation's mayors. The U.N.'s new tactic,
on full display at this conference, is to ignore federal and
state governments, and go straight to the roots of American
society. Think globally - act locally.
As part of their participation in the conference, mayors were
pressed to commit their communities to specific legislative and
policy goals by signing a slate of United Nations accords. Two
documents were presented for the mayors' signature.
The first document is called the "Green Cities Declaration," a
statement of principles which set the agenda for the mayors'
assigned task. It says, in part, "Believing as Mayors of cities
around the globe, we have a unique opportunity to provide
leadership to develop truly sustainable urban centers based on
culturally and economically appropriate local actions..." The
Declaration is amazingly bold, in that it details exactly how
the U.N. intends to implement a very specific agenda in every
town and city in the nation. The document includes lots of
rhetoric about the need to curtail greenhouse gases and preserve
resources. But, the final line of the Green Cities Declaration
was the point of the whole affair:
"Signatory cities shall work to implement the following Urban
Environment Accords. Each year cities shall pick three actions
to adopt as policies or laws."
The raw meat of the agenda is outlined in detail in the second
document, called the "Urban Environment Accords." The Accords
include exactly 21 specific actions (as in Agenda 21) for the
mayors to take, controlled by a timetable for implementation.
Here's a quick look at a few of the 21 agenda actions called
for. Under the topic of energy, action item number one calls for
mayors to implement a policy to increase the use of "renewable"
energy by 10 percent, within seven years. Renewable energy
includes solar and wind power.
Not stated in the U.N. documents is the fact that in order to
meet the goal, a community would have to reserve thousands of
acres of land to set up expensive solar panels, or even more
land for windmills. Consider that it takes a current 50 megawatt
gas-fired generating plant about 2-5 acres of land to produce
its power. Yet, to create that same amount of power through the
use of solar panels would require at least 1,000 acres. Using
windmills to generate 50 megawatts would require over 4,000
acres of land, while chopping up birds, and creating a deafening
roar. The cost of such "alternative" energy to the community
would be vastly prohibitive. Yet, such unworkable ideas are the
environmentally-correct orders of the day that the mayors are
being urged to follow.
Energy Actions two and three deal with the issue of reducing
energy consumption. Both of these are backdoor sneak attacks by
the U.N. to enforce the discredited Kyoto Global Warming Treaty,
which President Bush has refused to implement. Kyoto would force
the United States to reduce its energy consumption by at least
30 percent, forcing energy shortages, and severely damaging the
nation's economy. Kyoto is the centerpiece of the U.N.'s drive
to control the world economy and
redistribute wealth to Third World nations. It would do nothing
to help the environment. Yet, the mayors are being pushed to
help implement this destructive treaty, city-by-city.
Perhaps the most egregious action offered in the Urban
Environmental Accords deals with the topic of water. Action
number twenty calls for adoption and implementation of a policy
to reduce individual water consumption by 10 percent by 2020.
Interestingly, the U.N. begins by stating:
"Cities with potable water consumption greater than 100 liters
per capita per day will adopt and implement policies to reduce
consumption by 10 percent by 2015."
There is no basis for the 100 liter figure, other than employing
a very clever use of numbers to lower the bar, and control the
debate. One must be aware that 100 liters equals about 26
gallons per person, per day. According to the U.N., each person
should only have 10 percent less than 26 gallons each day to
drink, bathe, flush toilets, wash clothes, water lawns, wash
dishes, cook, and more.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Americans need about
100 GALLONS per day, to perform these basic functions. Consider
also, that there is no specific water shortage in the United
States. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
annual water withdrawal across the nation is about 407 billion
gallons, while consumption (including evaporation and plant use,
is about 94 billion gallons). Such restrictions, as outlined in
the Urban Environment Accords, are really nothing more than a
major campaign by the U.N. to control water consumption. Yet,
the nation's mayors are being pushed to impose policies to take
away our free use of water.
The rest of the Accords deal with a variety of subjects,
including waste reduction, recycling, transportation, health,
and nature. Perhaps the most blatant promise of action is Action
number sixteen, in which the mayors are supposed to agree to:
"Every year, identify three products, chemicals, or compounds
that are used within your city that represents the greatest risk
to human health, and adopt a law to eliminate their sale and use
in the city."
There you have it. Every year, our nation's mayors are to
promise to ban something! What if there isn't a "chemical or
compound" that poses a risk? Gotta ban something, anyway. That's
not an idle threat. In the 1990s Anchorage, Alaska, had some of
the most pristine water in the nation. It had no pollution. Yet,
the federal government ordered the city to meet strict federal
clean water standards, that required it to remove a certain
percentage of pollution. In order to meet those requirements,
Anchorage was forced to dump fish parts into its pristine water,
so that it could then clean out the required quotas. Your city's
mayor may have to ban the ink in your fountain pen to meet his
quota - and ban it, he will.
And what is the mayor's reward for destroying private property
rights, increasing energy costs on less consumption, and banning
something useful every year? He gets green stars. That's right.
According to U.N. documents, if your mayor can complete 8-11 of
the prescribed 21 actions, the town will get a green star, and
the designation, "Local Sustainable City." 12-17 actions
completed will garner two green stars, and the designation,
"National Sustainable City." 15-18 actions completed will bring
in three green stars, and the title "Regional Sustainable City."
Finally, the energizer bunny mayor who gets 19-21 actions
completed will get a full four green stars, and the ultimate
designation of "Global Sustainable City." Certainly, he or she
will also get a plaque, and get to sit at the head table at the
next U.N. Sustainable Development conference.
In the San Francisco summit, the mayors were wooed by the elite,
from U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to Maurice Strong, to
Senator Diane Feinstein, to Hollywood activists Robert Redford
and Martin Sheen, to chimp-master Jane Goodall. All the usual
suspects were there, to press the flesh and push the agenda.
Businesses like Mitsubishi, which hope to make huge profits from
green industry, by using such policy to destroy competition,
helped pay for the event. The news media was well represented
too, not in a journalistic role to report the news, but as
full-fledged sponsors, helping to spread their own brand of
propaganda. All understood that a new governing elite, elected
by no one, answerable to their own set of standards, is being
created, for the care and feeding of us all. With the right
contacts and the proper show of public spirit, there are riches
and power to be created. Even for your local mayor.
Sustainable Development is truly stunning in its magnitude, to
transform the world into feudal-like governance by making nature
the central organizing principle for our economy and
society. It is a scheme fueled by unsound science and
discredited economics, that can only lead modern society down
the road to a new dark ages. It is a policy of banning goods and
regulating and controlling human action. It is systematically
implemented through the creation of non-elected visioning boards
and planning commissions. There is no place in the Sustainable
world for individual thought, private property or free
enterprise. It is the exact opposite of the free society
envisioned by this nation's founders.
Even before the San Francisco conference, the U.N.'s influence
over the nation's mayors has been felt, as 132 U.S. mayors have
moved to implement the Kyoto Treaty, in defiance of the Bush
Administration's rejection of it. Moreover, the treaty is the
centerpiece of the agenda for the national meeting of the U.S.
Conference of Mayors, slated for Chicago just one week after the
San Francisco meeting. "Think globally, and act locally," is no
longer just a slogan on the back of a Volvo. It's a well
entrenched national policy bleeding down into your local
community, carried there by Judas goats who have been elected by
America's mayors are the elected representatives closest to the
people. They are the ones that our Founders intended to have the
most influence over our daily lives. If the U.N. succeeds in its
efforts to enforce Sustainable Development policy through our
mayors, the process will accelerate at an astounding rate, and
locally-controlled government will cease to exist. But signs,
adorned with green stars, will certainly greet us at every city
limit line, as the inhabitants, stripped of their property
rights; buried under huge tax burdens; struggling under reduced
energy flow, shuffle on as their proud mayor gleams in the
global limelight under the banner "think globally, and act
Tom DeWeese is the president of the American Policy Center and
publisher/editor of "The DeWeese Report," a monthly public