Have you ever heard of "Agenda 21?" Â Well, no reason you should have heard of it, it is total nonsense, but I will try to explain.
"Agenda 21" was a little statement on sustainability that appeared in a United Nations document like 20 years ago.
The thing you need to know is that this is a happy sounding statement that really means nothing in the real world because it has no enforcement mechanism. In other words, it is a great way to pay lip service to sustainability, but when your national government wants to dig a coal mine or build a road or damn up a major river, it does what it wants, subject to the approval of your citizens.
Here in Virginia, local governments have had major difficulties this year because there is an offshoot of the Tea Party that has decided that there is an "Agenda 21" conspiracy at work to end private property rights in the USA. These people show up at county planning meetings and spend hours and hours droning on in the public comment period, so that there is never any time for actual discussion. As a result, plans to design new roads, bike paths, parks, and sewage systems have to be put on hold.
It is obvious to me that the Board of Supervisors of Chesterfield County, where I live, report mostly to developers who fund their election campaigns. These people have heard of the United Nations, but the United Nations Â really has nothing to do with their approaches to public policy.
This concludes my lesson. I noticed that there is one post on Gather entitled "Agenda 21 for dummies." which pushes the conspiracy theories. Â Yeah, that's okay for dummies, but some of you are not dummies. This post was targeted at those among you who are NOT dummies.