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Agenda 21/Smart Growth/Sustainable Development in Kansas

April 04, 2012

Agenda 21 is a plan to develop our communities under the guidance of the federal government and the United Nations, and questions exist regarding whether this is an attack on individual liberties.

Tom DeWeese, President of the American Policy Center, was in Kansas last week to discuss the push of Agenda 21 in the name of economic development in our state. He explained the U.N.’s Agenda 21 initiative, and helped to translate the vague terminology associated with Agenda 21. (Think “community visioning,” “sustainable development,” “livable communities,” etc.)

What exactly does sustainable development mean and how does the U.N. intend for it to be used?

DeWeese explains how this policy became part of U.S. policy:

Agenda 21/sustainable development is being implemented across the country at the local level as well through the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, or ICLEI. DeWeese explains what ICLEI is:

Such local sustainable development policies are cropping up right here in Kansas as well. Last month, the Johnson County Commission rejected a proposed agreement with the Water Environment Research Foundation, which is funded by ICLEI and is part of Agenda 21. And just this week the Sedgwick County Commission took a vote on whether to participate in a federal sustainable development grant. (Read more about the Sedgwick County Commission vote on Kansas WatchDog.)

The video clips above were just portions of Tom DeWeese’s presentation in Overland Park last week. View Kansas WatchDog’s video of the full speech in Wichita here.

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