"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." - Thomas Jefferson writing to William Charles Jarvis on 09/28/1820
Provo has announced a special "visioning summit" so it can update its plans for the future. Provo + 50 will be held in the Provo Convention Center April 17, 2013 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Keep in mind that the visioning process is one of the major ways that the principles of Agenda 21, known more often as sustainability, are implemented locally. (Registration is $15 and is from 8:00 to 8:30) The Mayor also plans to make a mysterious announcement that will "change everything" at 1:30. If you live in Utah Valley you may want to attend the summit.
To prepare for this event watch this short video. Also recommended: Confronting Agenda 21 in three parts and Agent Provocatuers in six parts (Links to the right). You will find helpful notes on Lamb's videos HERE. For extensive notes on Eakman's video and specific suggestions for Provo's visioning summit, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What We Are About
Although you may not know a lot about Agenda 21, you have probably heard related terms such as sustainability, smart growth, envisioning, and redevelopment.
You may also know that several states, including Alabama and Tennessee, are taking a stand against Agenda 21 and sustainable development. Furthermore, the Republican Nation Committee, the Texas GOP, North Carolina GOP, as well as local governments across the nation, are adopting similar resolutions, but sustainability is not a partisan issue. Even Democrats have organized to oppose the loss of freedoms that are occurring under the guise of sustainability.
Agenda 21 is the official name of the United Nations program on sustainable development. It was initiated in 1992 at the the U.N. Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro. Leaders of 178 nations, including the United States, signed on to implement this new environmental order for global control which is being implemented all across our nation and is influencing all aspects of our lives. You are invited to learn more about sustainabilty, inform others, and to help protect our liberties by taking action on Agenda 21.
For an introduction or a review of Agenda 21 which has such far-reaching ramifications, watch one of these videos:
Agenda 21: How will it affect you? Watch the video! (20:37)
Are Property Rights Sustainable Too? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajdA8rLVKns (7:35).
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-Agenda 21 - How will it Affect You? -20:37
-Are Property Rights Sustainable Too?-7:35
-Wildlands Project -6:50
-Confronting Agenda 21 by Lamb-1 hr total
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
-Agent Provocatuers by Eakman-1 hr total
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Part 4 Part 5 Part 6
- agenda21inutahcounty HERE
- www.didyouknowonline.com Click the Agenda 21 tab at the top of the page. You will find a lot of info on sustainable development and if you scroll down to #7 you will find links to many additional sites.
Good News for Utah
S.J.R. 11 "Joint Resolution on Environmental and Developmental Policies" which opposes Agenda 21 was recently passed by the State Legislature!
SB 201, The Public Use Trails Amendments which would have threatened private property rights by subjecting land to eminent domain for trails did NOT make it through the Senate. Watch for this one to come back next year with a different name and a new number.
On March 12, 2013, the Utah County Planning Commission did not approve the 660 ft Overlay Protection Zone around Utah Lake. This zone was a compromise from the 1320 ft or 1/4 mile zone recommended in the Master Plan of the Utah Lake Planning Commission. Instead, the commission announced that they would "continue it indefinitely."
Last year a group of concerned citizens went before the St. George City Council. As a result of their efforts, St George is no longer a member of ICLEI (formerly International Council on Local Environment Initiatives now know simply as Local Governments for Sustainability).
That IS good news BUT Agenda 21 is still Alive and Well in Utah
Agenda 21 is being implemented all across the United States, but Agenda 21 and sustainability are also alive and well in Utah. Note that many of these examples may sound reasonable and good, but when investigated in depth, it becomes apparent that they can, and often do, impact our liberty and individual rights in negative ways. As you continue to learn about these issues, you will begin to how Agenda 21 ideas are being implemented in our state. To make a difference, go to our ACTION page!
- Salt Lake City, Park City and Summit County are members of ICLEI, and practically all other counties and cities are implementing the principles of Agenda 21.
- In September 2012, the "Wasatch Choice for 2040" Consortium met in Salt Lake City. Attendees were introduced to the region’s land-use and transportation vision.
- On Nov 29th 2012, Orem city council and employees began their visioning process in a day-long workshop. Now the city planners are working on the details for “Orem Direction 2030” and planning the future for our entire city.
- The Metropolitan Planning Organization of the Mountainland Regional Planning Committee met Jan. 3, 2013. Included in their agenda was a funding update for Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan which is projected to cost, in TODAY’S dollars, $70 Billion (that’s a B not an M) by 2040. But don’t worry; they are working out how to pay for this project and are exploring possible new revenue sources (i.e. more taxes and fees) such as increases in sales tax, fuel tax, vehicle registration fees, tolls, property taxes, impact fees, and public private partnerships, etc.
- Tax subsidies and public private partnerships are facilitating sustainable, “liveable” communities including multiuse, high density urban projects zoned for multi story residences over ground level retail shops (which are often vacant). These developments are typical of smart growth planning. Take note of these projects in your community, e.g. in Provo: the Village at the Riverwoods and Alpine Village on North Freedom Blvd.; and in Orem: Wolverine Crossing on Geneva Rd. and Midtown Village on State Street.
- Many bills are being presented during the Utah State Legislative session that, if passed, will compromise our individual rights.
- The state and local governments are taxing and regulating unsustainable projects and human activities(Note: according to the Global Biodiversity Assessment Report 1995, the following are unsustainable: ski runs, grazing of livestock, fenced pastures, modern farm production, paved and tarred roads, highways, fossil fuels, eating meat, suburban homes, air-conditioning, dams, reservoirs, etc.)
- In San Juan County, roads which have been used by local residents for generations to access remote areas are being closed. Statewide, 12,000 roads have been closed.
- A few years ago in the St. George area, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated more than 8,000 acres of critical habitat for two endangered pea plants.