Hawaii News — No Mention of TNC in the Kumulipo

By Robert Duerr 

In the Kumulipo, the sacred Hawaiian creation text, there is no mention of The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  Kamapu’a, half pua’a (pig) and half man, however has a featured role as a powerful force and Pele lover.  With the DLNR chair nomination of the Nature Conservancy’s executive director, Suzanne Case, hunters, fishermen and gatherers want to know if preservation tactics, like the eradication of the pua’a, will continue to remove food and tradition from Hawaii’s land and waters.

To his credit Ige understood that DLNR is first and foremost a real estate development and leasing agency  responsible for 1.3 million acres of state land and  3 million acres of state ocean waters so Ching could work.   This with a meager 1% of the state for a total budget of $98.7 million.

Then there is the added responsibility of managing 2 million acres of conservation district lands, water supply, fisheries, game animals, parks, reefs, endangered species, and Hawaii?s historic and cultural sites.  This with 834 employees on a payroll totaling $39 million is daunting task has often been an exercise in futility.

Ching soon felt the slings and arrows of criticism because he was seen conflicted as a both real estate professional and lobbyist for Castle-Cooke.   Twenty environmental groups, including Sierra Club and the Outdoor Circle, surrounded wagons while a 7,500 MoveOn petition and a caustic nine hour hearing pelted Ching’s nomination into oblivion. 

“We need a [leader] of DLNR who has a proven record of fighting to protect and preserve our natural and cultural resources, not a career lobbyist for the development industry who has a record of calling for the elimination of cultural and environmental protections,” Sen. Josh Green of West Hawaii wrote in a statement.

Immediately when Case came forward as the DLNR nominee, hunters, with years of experience battling TNC for a game management conservation plan and not preservation eradication,  saw the irony in Ching’s self-delivered obituary while under environmental attacks:  “I’m not the fox in the hen house.”

A fox that is a lobbyist is Mark Fox, TNC’s Hawaii registered lobbyist.   But under HRS Chapter 97-1(6) it could be argued that Case as the executive director is the lobbyist and Fox is the agent for which she is responsible.

“On the face of it Suzanne Case is a conflict of interest with the TNC partnerships and with the DLNR,” said Tom Lodge of the Hawaii County Game Management Advisory Commission.  “The Nature Conservancy is also a real estate company.  It doesn’t look good, doesn’t bode well.”

TNC is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.  In reviewing both annual reports and IRS form 990 for fiscal year 2014 “Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax”  it is seen that TNC is a behemoth preservation real estate enterprise across the U.S and the world.

In their latest 990 “Statement of Income,” they claimed revenues of $708 million and assets of $6.1 billion.  Land, buildings and equipment totaled $3.8 billion.  The numbers are staggering.  With their 2014 income showing $110 million in government grants it is seen that TNC is not shy about pitching preservation to politicians.

Makani Christensen, a  Kamehameha schools and U.S. Naval Academy graduate and serviced in Iraq and Afghanistan graduate, is seen as the new school battling for land access, science, game management and food.   He says of Case:

“Over the years many of us have witnessed the Nature Conservancy hindering many of our practices—hunting, farming, fishing and ranching.   Weather it be a lease on lands, eradication of animals, no-hunting access, community based management, teaching our Keiki that there are no fish left in Hawaii…the list goes on.  We have battled constantly with the Nature Conservancy to the point they have become our biggest advisories….One of the reasons we are together now in this fight is because of the Nature Conservancy.”

TNC in Hawaii owns 53,000 acres on 12 preserves.  In 2003 it oversaw the largest conservation land transaction in state history: the purchase of the 117,000-acre Kahuku Ranch which was transferred to Hawai?i Volcanoes National Park.  They have been active partners with DLNR most recently in the “Rain Follows the Forest” campaign

Case, who went to Punahou, Stanford and Hastings Law School, joined TNC in 1987.  Case became executive director in 2001.  She heads a staff of 76 people with an annual budget of $11 million.    She oversees Palmyra Atoll, a preserve and research station.

With a mission “to conserve the lands and waters on which life depends,”  what’s to dislike about Case or TNC?  Hawaii fishermen, hunters and gatherers feel they are being pushed off the land and cutoff from traditional food by TNC.  This process is found not only in Hawaii but worldwide and is what journalist Mark Dowie described in his 2009 work “Conservation Refugees.”

Ryan Kohatsu, a Hawaii County Game Management Advisory Commission nominee, describes the process:

“I think we’re all aware of the recognition the Nature Conservancy has on preserving nature.  However, preservation goals sometimes conflict with conservation goals to preserve fishing or hunting in public areas…generally preservation is the non-use of resources to be maintained in pristine form in contrast to conservation being more broad to encompass the wise-use of resources like regulated hunting or fishing.

Dowie sees the conservation refugee process as detrimental to grassroots conservation efforts and estimates, “About half the land selected for protection by the global conservation establishment over the past century was either occupied or regularly used by indigenous peoples. In the Americas that number is over 80 percent.”

The basis of  land and sea conservation in Hawaii has traditionally been the ahupua’a, the place of the pig. TNC pua’a eradication efforts has not endeared it to those on the ahupua’a:

“The Nature Conservancy demonstrated their game management policy as a fence, snare, and eradicate stratagem in Hawaii. This contradicts resource management…While we cannot turn back the clock on introduction of non-native, invasive species, we can manage our resources for conservation and offer an opportunity to benefit the general public. TNC, in typical authoritarian colonial practice, imposes their own draconian invasive species policy…has consistently rejected outright, proposed strategies and solutions to game management.” says Christensen.

Makani Christensen, with a small group of hunters, fishermen and farmers, met with Governor Ige at the his office to express concerns.  Tom Lodge organized a teleconference with Suzanne Case.

Here lies an essential difference between the environmental community and the ohana of the ahupua’a.  The environmentalists with their lawyer executives employ zero sum thinking wanting all or nothing.   The Ching nomination real estate and lobby assault is case in point for this zero sum versus systems intregal thinking.

Not holding grudges the next case for the ahupua’a folks is to work with the DLNR nomination of Suzanne Case like it were an ecosystem.  No one animal or plant controls the ahupua’a.  Nature’s perfection is in the balance.   Uptake from Christensen is that Ige is to be supported and Case though not loved is to be endorsed with “reservation.”

“On a more personal note, I am concerned that the current path we are on will heavily damage fishing or hunting prospects for our youth.”  Kohatsu adds “I remain committed…to protect…the natural world… Should you become the Chair, I’m hopeful that we can maintain these efforts.”

Robert Duerr is active in the Outdoor Writers of America and a board member of Big Island Press Club.  Has been coavering land and water public policy issues since 1986.  He writes a monthly column called “Splash” for Hawaii Fishing News.   He is in the process of editing the “Pahoa Project”  — 70 hours of 4k footage, for a film about Tutu Pele and a call for sustainability in Lower Puna and beyond, featuring BIC Publisher Tiffany Edwards Hunt among others. 

 

3 replies
  1. keaukahaboi
    keaukahaboi says:

    I too agree that TNC can grossly overreach in their agenda that is environmentalist in nature. They are more and more showing insensitivity to Hawaiian practitioners and the contemporary Hawaiian lifestyle as it connects to our traditions and culture.

    In this sense, NPS is like TNC as well. as a practitioner I have to put myself against the scrutiny of a ranger that thinks they know my culture enough to judge the authenticity of my request or need to gather in their parks. oftentimes I feel terrible and very sad after the way they treat me…like I need to prove to them my need to be Hawaiian is good enough according to their standards.

    TNC is the same way.

  2. Ritchie Henderson
    Ritchie Henderson says:

    Agenda 21 is well ts way to the Big Island Community…what folks don’t understand is the insidiousness of the “Agenda” ands its future impact on “Every” human being on the plant…and there is no exemption for Hawaiian or other cultural identifier.

    http://americanpolicy.org/agenda21/

    Downloadable Documents

    (Scroll down to see the categories below)

    Understanding Agenda 21/Sustainable Development
    Tracing the History of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development
    Legislation Addressing the Threat of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development
    Taking Action to Expose Agenda 21/Sustainable Development
    Examples of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development’s Impact on Property Rights
    Links to United Nations Websites
    Sources for Further Information
    1. Understanding Agenda 21/Sustainable Development

    A Sustainable Development Q&A

    This simplified Q&A answers basic questions about how a seemingly good idea like sustainable development can be bad for private property owners.

    Unraveling the “Sustainability” Paradox

    This single sheet makes the step by step connection between UN Agenda 21, sustainable development, Smart Growth and local planning activities. It includes sources so you can do your own checking.

    The “Sustainability” Solution

    Citizens can present the following two page document to their public officials. It contains suggestions for how to protect the rights of property owners and still keep the environment safe.

    Example of How Conservation Easements can be Detrimental to Property Owners

    While conservation easements are widely praised as a way to save the environment and keep property rights, in fact, in the long term they often do neither. The article, “Big Meadows, Big Mistake” tells the “rest of the story” on Conservation Easements.

    7 Facts You Should Know About Conservation Easements

    These are facts you need to know before entering into a Conservation Easement Agreement.

    The Hazards of Conservation Easements

    Here are more details about the pitfalls of Conservation Easements.

    2. Tracing the History of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development

    The UN Conference on Human Settlements – Vancouver Plan of Action – 1976

    This conference created the baseline for the UN’s viewpoint and future actions regarding individual property rights. See pdf page 2 [document page 28] under, Land – Preamble, for their stance on private property. This position is reflected in policies being enacted across the U.S. today.

    Excerpt from The Brundtland Commission Report: “Our Common Future” Defining Sustainable Development

    This definition easily identifies UN Agenda 21 related initiatives as it traversed from various reports to the U.S and into our federal agencies. The full report can be found here.

    Jeb Brughmann Founds ICLEI to Implement Agenda 21 Worldwide in Local Communities

    In this candid 1997 interview, ICLEI founder explains how he was tapped to create an organization to “make sure this agreement [Agenda 21/sustainable development] among nations actually will get implemented…”

    The United Nations Rio Declaration from Agenda 21

    The Rio Declaration outlines the framework of Agenda 21. It was agreed to by President George H.W. Bush in 1992, thereby establishing official recognition of Agenda 21 by the U.S.. The complete 40 chapter United Nation’s Agenda 21 report can be found here.

    Executive Order 12852

    President Clinton signed Executive Order 12852 in 1993, which created the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. Here is a copy of that Executive Order.

    Institutional Aspects of Sustainable Development in the United States of America

    This UN document shows that the President’s Council on Sustainable Development was created for the purpose of implementing Agenda 21 in the U.S..

    The Millennium Papers

    This article in the Millennium Papers describes how the name Agenda 21 was replaced with terms such as Smart Growth, Growth Management and Comprehensive Planning to prevent Americans from recognizing the connection to the United Nations. See highlighted page 5.

    Sustainable Development Challenge Grant Program – Federal Register

    These pages from the Federal Register clearly indicate that the EPA’s Challenge Grant Program was created for the purpose of implementing Agenda 21 in the U.S.. See the highlighted section on page 2.

    EPA: The Path Forward

    This scientific document shows, under the highlighted section,s how the EPA today still follows the basic definitions of sustainable development as defined by the UN’s Brundtland Commission, in their newest decision making process.

    HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

    In 2009, these three federal agencies partnered using ‘livability’ principles to gain greater involvement in local planning and regulations. Read the ‘Livability Principles” and the “Partnership Agreement.” Notice the affect the federal government can have on your community. See more below.

    HUD NOFA – Sustainable Regional Planning Grants 2010

    This HUD Notice of Funds Available clearly shows that along with the grant money come mandates and requirements for social engineering in the form of social equity.

    Executive Order 13575

    Pres. Obama signed this EO in June of 2011 giving each of the Federal agencies authority over the “food, fiber and energy” for all of rural America or 16% of the US. Control of resources is a key requirement of sustainable development as it enables the governing authority the power to manage their usage more efficiently than individuals and communities.

    Executive Order 13602

    In March 2012, Pres. Obama signed this EO giving HUD the authority to engage in city, community and regional planning to “augment their vision for stability and economic growth…” This EO insures that “Federal assistance is more efficiently provided and used.” HUD now has the ability to create regulations to enforce that local and regional planning the government feels is beneficial to the fiscal stability of the US.

    The Partnership for Sustainable Communities

    This partnership is changing the landscape of rural America. Once allowed into your community, the HUD-DOT-EPA partnership defines what qualities your “liveable” locality must include. More transportation choices invariably means more light rail transit and bicycles. The government defines the character, context and needs of each community with token input from citizens. Social engineering is inherent in what the government calls, “equitable housing, sustainable strategies and value communities.” Most of the plans look appealing in slide presentations, but, once implemented, local citizens are stuck with regulations imposed by the government that offer little future variation and minimal if any opportunity to return to a way of living you may find more desirable. As one planner said, “You will be able to live in a rural area if you want to…but it will cost you.”

    Partnership for Sustainable Communities – Top Down Control

    Here, in friendly sounding terms, the Secretaries of HUD, DOT and the EPA make it clear the federal government intends to manage your community design, make it livable and environmentally green, all according to their needs and definitions. Each of the projects and grants, though verbally and graphically enticing, precisely echo the Vancouver Plan of Action. The results are exactly as defined in Vancouver in 1976.

    EPA – EJ2014 or Environmental Justice 2014

    In January of 2012, the EPA changed their decision making process to embrace sustainable development as defined in the UN’s 1987 Brundtland Report. In April 2012, the agency created plans to incorporate civil rights regulations in their environmental policy to establish a basis for environmental justice.

    3. Legislation Addressing the Threat of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development

    RNC Resolution Exposing United Nations Agenda 21 – January 13, 2012

    In January, 2012, the Republican National Committee unanimously approved an historic resolution exposing the dangers of United Nations Agenda 21, ICLEI and the loss of private property ownership, single family homes, private car ownership, individual travel choices and privately owned farms under the banner of “sustainable development” and Smart Growth.

    For the first time, the leadership of one of the two major American political parties acknowledged that so-called “social justice” is robbing our society and the environment and replacing our sovereignty with a socialist/communist wealth redistribution scheme. Please read this document carefully and share it freely.

    Wisconsin Assembly Bill 303

    This bill enables the repeal of local comprehensive plans found to tamper with individual’s property rights.

    New Hampshire Bill 1634

    New Hampshire’s bill prevent the state, counties, cities and towns from contracting with or accepting money from ICLEI, a large non-governmental organization [NGO] implementing Agenda 21 throughout the U.S.

    New Hampshire Bill 514

    This bill prevents federal agents from inspecting or gathering information on private property wtihout a warrant.

    Tennessee Bill HJR 587

    This bill rejects the radical policies promoted by United Nation’s Agenda 21 and rejects any grant monies attached to the UN’s program.

    Bonner County, ID Property Rights Council

    The Property Rights Council provides a committee to review planning documents and agreements prior to acceptance to assure that property owner’s rights are not exploited by planners or governmental agencies. For further information, go here.

    Defense of Environment and Property Act of 2012 (S.2122)

    The EPA, under the Clean Water Act, expanded its control over citizen’s private property by redefining navigable waters to include certain artificially irrigated areas, artificial lakes and ponds used for irrigation, non-navigable tributaries to navigable waters, wetlands abutting relatively permanent waters and more. This bill defines “navigable” waters as those that are actually “navigable.”

    Alabama Protects Private Property Rights from Agenda 21 Intrusions (SB477)

    This bill prohibits Alabama and its political subdivisions from adopting environmental and developmental policies that, without due process, infringe or restrict private property rights of property owners. Further, it prohibits policies that are traceable to “Agenda 21? as adopted by the United Nations in 1992 at its Conference on Environment and Development.

    Florida Bill Protects Private Property Rights

    This Florida bill protects all state subdivisions from adopting any developmental policies that, without due process, infringe or restrict the private property rights of the property owner. It specifically mentions any policy recommendations traceable to Agenda 21 as adopted by the UN at the 1992 Conference on Environment and Development. This would include those policies recommended by Non-Governmental Organizations and Federal Agency regulations that are Agenda 21 related.

    4. Taking Action to Expose Agenda 21/Sustainable Development

    What You Can do to Stop Sustainable Development – Agenda 21

    This handout provides information and links that will help you get active in stoppng Agenda 21/Sustainable Development in your community.

    The Coordination Strategy

    The Coordination Strategy can slow or stop planning processes that may endanger individual property rights. Most federal agencies are required by law to coordinate their plans that will impact the local community with local governments. Often this does not happen as most local governmens are not aware of this requirement, or do not know how to implement the process. When local governments assert coordination authority, the federal agencies must respond.

    APA’s Agenda 21: Myths and Facts Revisited

    Recently, the American Planning Association circulated a fact sheet titled, Agenda 21: Myths and Facts. The APA is a large and highly respected planning organization, that often does exemplary work. But their “fact” sheet is rife with distortions, misconceptions and inaccuracies. This document provides information to respond to the APA’s errors.

    APA’s Glossary for the Public

    The American Planning Association, rather than address critics’ concerns for private property rights, chose to re-brand their information by creating a new vocabulary. This transparent attempt to confuse the public while making it easier to implement their own chosen plans sidesteps citizens’ genuine concern for individual rights.

    5. Examples of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development’s Impact on Property Rights

    Form-Based Code is the Problem, Not the Solution

    Form-based codes are a programmed method for replacing existing zoning regulations with boilerplate zoning and development code models. They make it easier to implement Agenda 21 type plan enforcement. Form-based codes often replace the need for local zoning ordinances and reduce the role of public officials. Once installed, form-based codes become the new laws governing a wide range of activities in your community.

    Form Based Code Planning Guide

    Here is the introduction to a book describing form-based codes. When promoting this method of codification, promoters often show audiences live PowerPoint presentations of their current community followed by dazzling pictures of what their town can become. Most citizens are so impressed with the stunning design work, they overlook the draconian regulations and potential loss of rights that accompany the plans. Notice the fifth paragraph on page 14 in which Peter Katz, Pres. of the Form-Based Codes Institute, describes how to use the “charette” process to manipulate public responses.

    6. Links to United Nations Websites

    Action Plan from the Vancouver Conference on Human Settlements – 1976*

    *Note the Preamble to “Land” under section “D”

    United Nations Agenda 21

    Brundtland Commission Report – “Our Common Future”*

    *Note Chapter Two – “Towards Sustainable Development.”

    Rio + 20 “The Future We Want – Zero Draft of Outcomes”

    Draft International Covenant on Environment and Development

    7. Sources for Further Information

    America Don’t Forget

    American Policy Center

    American Stewards

    CO2 Science

    Conservative Society for Action

    Democrats Against UN Agenda 21

    Freedom Advocates

    Sovereignty International

    Taking Liberty

    More Articles to Read

    Top Climate Change Figure Calls Sustainable Development “Meaningless Drivel!”

    EPA Uses New “Sustainability” Method for Regulatory Decision Making

    Sustainable Development: What’s in A Name?

    EPA “Urban Green Grants” Cover Environmental Justice

    EPA Ignored Own Guidelines in Declaring CO2 A Threat

  3. Ritchie Henderson
    Ritchie Henderson says:

    Agenda 21 is well ts way to the Big Island Community…what folks don’t understand is the insidiousness of the “Agenda” ands its future impact on “Every” human being on the plant…and there is no exemption for Hawaiian or other cultural identifier.

    http://americanpolicy.org/agenda21/

    Downloadable Documents

    (Scroll down to see the categories below)

    Understanding Agenda 21/Sustainable Development
    Tracing the History of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development
    Legislation Addressing the Threat of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development
    Taking Action to Expose Agenda 21/Sustainable Development
    Examples of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development’s Impact on Property Rights
    Links to United Nations Websites
    Sources for Further Information
    1. Understanding Agenda 21/Sustainable Development

    A Sustainable Development Q&A

    This simplified Q&A answers basic questions about how a seemingly good idea like sustainable development can be bad for private property owners.

    Unraveling the “Sustainability” Paradox

    This single sheet makes the step by step connection between UN Agenda 21, sustainable development, Smart Growth and local planning activities. It includes sources so you can do your own checking.

    The “Sustainability” Solution

    Citizens can present the following two page document to their public officials. It contains suggestions for how to protect the rights of property owners and still keep the environment safe.

    Example of How Conservation Easements can be Detrimental to Property Owners

    While conservation easements are widely praised as a way to save the environment and keep property rights, in fact, in the long term they often do neither. The article, “Big Meadows, Big Mistake” tells the “rest of the story” on Conservation Easements.

    7 Facts You Should Know About Conservation Easements

    These are facts you need to know before entering into a Conservation Easement Agreement.

    The Hazards of Conservation Easements

    Here are more details about the pitfalls of Conservation Easements.

    2. Tracing the History of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development

    The UN Conference on Human Settlements – Vancouver Plan of Action – 1976

    This conference created the baseline for the UN’s viewpoint and future actions regarding individual property rights. See pdf page 2 [document page 28] under, Land – Preamble, for their stance on private property. This position is reflected in policies being enacted across the U.S. today.

    Excerpt from The Brundtland Commission Report: “Our Common Future” Defining Sustainable Development

    This definition easily identifies UN Agenda 21 related initiatives as it traversed from various reports to the U.S and into our federal agencies. The full report can be found here.

    Jeb Brughmann Founds ICLEI to Implement Agenda 21 Worldwide in Local Communities

    In this candid 1997 interview, ICLEI founder explains how he was tapped to create an organization to “make sure this agreement [Agenda 21/sustainable development] among nations actually will get implemented…”

    The United Nations Rio Declaration from Agenda 21

    The Rio Declaration outlines the framework of Agenda 21. It was agreed to by President George H.W. Bush in 1992, thereby establishing official recognition of Agenda 21 by the U.S.. The complete 40 chapter United Nation’s Agenda 21 report can be found here.

    Executive Order 12852

    President Clinton signed Executive Order 12852 in 1993, which created the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. Here is a copy of that Executive Order.

    Institutional Aspects of Sustainable Development in the United States of America

    This UN document shows that the President’s Council on Sustainable Development was created for the purpose of implementing Agenda 21 in the U.S..

    The Millennium Papers

    This article in the Millennium Papers describes how the name Agenda 21 was replaced with terms such as Smart Growth, Growth Management and Comprehensive Planning to prevent Americans from recognizing the connection to the United Nations. See highlighted page 5.

    Sustainable Development Challenge Grant Program – Federal Register

    These pages from the Federal Register clearly indicate that the EPA’s Challenge Grant Program was created for the purpose of implementing Agenda 21 in the U.S.. See the highlighted section on page 2.

    EPA: The Path Forward

    This scientific document shows, under the highlighted section,s how the EPA today still follows the basic definitions of sustainable development as defined by the UN’s Brundtland Commission, in their newest decision making process.

    HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

    In 2009, these three federal agencies partnered using ‘livability’ principles to gain greater involvement in local planning and regulations. Read the ‘Livability Principles” and the “Partnership Agreement.” Notice the affect the federal government can have on your community. See more below.

    HUD NOFA – Sustainable Regional Planning Grants 2010

    This HUD Notice of Funds Available clearly shows that along with the grant money come mandates and requirements for social engineering in the form of social equity.

    Executive Order 13575

    Pres. Obama signed this EO in June of 2011 giving each of the Federal agencies authority over the “food, fiber and energy” for all of rural America or 16% of the US. Control of resources is a key requirement of sustainable development as it enables the governing authority the power to manage their usage more efficiently than individuals and communities.

    Executive Order 13602

    In March 2012, Pres. Obama signed this EO giving HUD the authority to engage in city, community and regional planning to “augment their vision for stability and economic growth…” This EO insures that “Federal assistance is more efficiently provided and used.” HUD now has the ability to create regulations to enforce that local and regional planning the government feels is beneficial to the fiscal stability of the US.

    The Partnership for Sustainable Communities

    This partnership is changing the landscape of rural America. Once allowed into your community, the HUD-DOT-EPA partnership defines what qualities your “liveable” locality must include. More transportation choices invariably means more light rail transit and bicycles. The government defines the character, context and needs of each community with token input from citizens. Social engineering is inherent in what the government calls, “equitable housing, sustainable strategies and value communities.” Most of the plans look appealing in slide presentations, but, once implemented, local citizens are stuck with regulations imposed by the government that offer little future variation and minimal if any opportunity to return to a way of living you may find more desirable. As one planner said, “You will be able to live in a rural area if you want to…but it will cost you.”

    Partnership for Sustainable Communities – Top Down Control

    Here, in friendly sounding terms, the Secretaries of HUD, DOT and the EPA make it clear the federal government intends to manage your community design, make it livable and environmentally green, all according to their needs and definitions. Each of the projects and grants, though verbally and graphically enticing, precisely echo the Vancouver Plan of Action. The results are exactly as defined in Vancouver in 1976.

    EPA – EJ2014 or Environmental Justice 2014

    In January of 2012, the EPA changed their decision making process to embrace sustainable development as defined in the UN’s 1987 Brundtland Report. In April 2012, the agency created plans to incorporate civil rights regulations in their environmental policy to establish a basis for environmental justice.

    3. Legislation Addressing the Threat of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development

    RNC Resolution Exposing United Nations Agenda 21 – January 13, 2012

    In January, 2012, the Republican National Committee unanimously approved an historic resolution exposing the dangers of United Nations Agenda 21, ICLEI and the loss of private property ownership, single family homes, private car ownership, individual travel choices and privately owned farms under the banner of “sustainable development” and Smart Growth.

    For the first time, the leadership of one of the two major American political parties acknowledged that so-called “social justice” is robbing our society and the environment and replacing our sovereignty with a socialist/communist wealth redistribution scheme. Please read this document carefully and share it freely.

    Wisconsin Assembly Bill 303

    This bill enables the repeal of local comprehensive plans found to tamper with individual’s property rights.

    New Hampshire Bill 1634

    New Hampshire’s bill prevent the state, counties, cities and towns from contracting with or accepting money from ICLEI, a large non-governmental organization [NGO] implementing Agenda 21 throughout the U.S.

    New Hampshire Bill 514

    This bill prevents federal agents from inspecting or gathering information on private property wtihout a warrant.

    Tennessee Bill HJR 587

    This bill rejects the radical policies promoted by United Nation’s Agenda 21 and rejects any grant monies attached to the UN’s program.

    Bonner County, ID Property Rights Council

    The Property Rights Council provides a committee to review planning documents and agreements prior to acceptance to assure that property owner’s rights are not exploited by planners or governmental agencies. For further information, go here.

    Defense of Environment and Property Act of 2012 (S.2122)

    The EPA, under the Clean Water Act, expanded its control over citizen’s private property by redefining navigable waters to include certain artificially irrigated areas, artificial lakes and ponds used for irrigation, non-navigable tributaries to navigable waters, wetlands abutting relatively permanent waters and more. This bill defines “navigable” waters as those that are actually “navigable.”

    Alabama Protects Private Property Rights from Agenda 21 Intrusions (SB477)

    This bill prohibits Alabama and its political subdivisions from adopting environmental and developmental policies that, without due process, infringe or restrict private property rights of property owners. Further, it prohibits policies that are traceable to “Agenda 21? as adopted by the United Nations in 1992 at its Conference on Environment and Development.

    Florida Bill Protects Private Property Rights

    This Florida bill protects all state subdivisions from adopting any developmental policies that, without due process, infringe or restrict the private property rights of the property owner. It specifically mentions any policy recommendations traceable to Agenda 21 as adopted by the UN at the 1992 Conference on Environment and Development. This would include those policies recommended by Non-Governmental Organizations and Federal Agency regulations that are Agenda 21 related.

    4. Taking Action to Expose Agenda 21/Sustainable Development

    What You Can do to Stop Sustainable Development – Agenda 21

    This handout provides information and links that will help you get active in stoppng Agenda 21/Sustainable Development in your community.

    The Coordination Strategy

    The Coordination Strategy can slow or stop planning processes that may endanger individual property rights. Most federal agencies are required by law to coordinate their plans that will impact the local community with local governments. Often this does not happen as most local governmens are not aware of this requirement, or do not know how to implement the process. When local governments assert coordination authority, the federal agencies must respond.

    APA’s Agenda 21: Myths and Facts Revisited

    Recently, the American Planning Association circulated a fact sheet titled, Agenda 21: Myths and Facts. The APA is a large and highly respected planning organization, that often does exemplary work. But their “fact” sheet is rife with distortions, misconceptions and inaccuracies. This document provides information to respond to the APA’s errors.

    APA’s Glossary for the Public

    The American Planning Association, rather than address critics’ concerns for private property rights, chose to re-brand their information by creating a new vocabulary. This transparent attempt to confuse the public while making it easier to implement their own chosen plans sidesteps citizens’ genuine concern for individual rights.

    5. Examples of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development’s Impact on Property Rights

    Form-Based Code is the Problem, Not the Solution

    Form-based codes are a programmed method for replacing existing zoning regulations with boilerplate zoning and development code models. They make it easier to implement Agenda 21 type plan enforcement. Form-based codes often replace the need for local zoning ordinances and reduce the role of public officials. Once installed, form-based codes become the new laws governing a wide range of activities in your community.

    Form Based Code Planning Guide

    Here is the introduction to a book describing form-based codes. When promoting this method of codification, promoters often show audiences live PowerPoint presentations of their current community followed by dazzling pictures of what their town can become. Most citizens are so impressed with the stunning design work, they overlook the draconian regulations and potential loss of rights that accompany the plans. Notice the fifth paragraph on page 14 in which Peter Katz, Pres. of the Form-Based Codes Institute, describes how to use the “charette” process to manipulate public responses.

    6. Links to United Nations Websites

    Action Plan from the Vancouver Conference on Human Settlements – 1976*

    *Note the Preamble to “Land” under section “D”

    United Nations Agenda 21

    Brundtland Commission Report – “Our Common Future”*

    *Note Chapter Two – “Towards Sustainable Development.”

    Rio + 20 “The Future We Want – Zero Draft of Outcomes”

    Draft International Covenant on Environment and Development

    7. Sources for Further Information

    America Don’t Forget

    American Policy Center

    American Stewards

    CO2 Science

    Conservative Society for Action

    Democrats Against UN Agenda 21

    Freedom Advocates

    Sovereignty International

    Taking Liberty

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