Agenda 21 Quotes

“Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human (sic) impacts on the environment.”  (think long and hard about this statement)

“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 and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes…Public control of land use is therefore indispensable….” This quote is from the Preamble from the UN Policy on Land (Report of Habitat: UN Nation Conference on Human Settlements)

“Participating in a U.N. advocated planning process would very likely bring out many … who would actively work to defeat any elected official … undertaking Local Agenda 21. So we will call our process something else, such as Comprehensive planning, growth management, or smart growth.” 1998 J. Gary Lawrence, a planner for the city of Seattle, and advisor to the President’s Council on Sustainable Development

“Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.” Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chairman, ICLEI, Harvey Ruvin is now the City Clerk in Miami-Dade Co, FL

“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse?  Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Programme

Generally, more highly educated people who have higher incomes, consume more resources than poorly educated people, who tend to have lower incomes.  In this case, more education increases the threat of sustainability.  Education for Sustainable Development Guide

“If we do a really great job on new vaccines, healthcare, reproductive health services, we could lower [the population] by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.” — Bill Gates

PARTIAL LIST OF WHAT IS CONSIDERED UNSUSTAINABLE:  would it not make sense that in order to be sustainable we would have to first abolish/destroy what is considered unsustainable??

Paved/tarred roads/highways/rails

Logging activities/harvesting timber

Power line construction

Ski resorts/Golf Courses

Fossil fuels

Agricultural equipment


Grazing of livestock: cows, sheep, goats, horses etc.

Plowing of soil

Building of fences

Dam/reservoirs/straightening of rivers

Single family homes


Private property

Population Growth

Home Schooling

UN Biodiversity Assessment Report

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