When “Sustainability” is Bad for Self-Reliant People

I used to work as an entry-level planner for the Florida Department of Transportation.

‘Sustainable Development’ and ‘Smart Growth’ were common buzzwords and while my knowledge of them was limited, they seemed to represent a noble idea and the way of the future.

Even though I’ve quit the DOT and am now an aspiring homesteader, my knowledge of sustainable development has grown.

And I’m not liking what I’m learning.

When you hear someone say ‘sustainable development’ or ‘smart growth,’ they might as well be saying Agenda 21– the terms are used interchangeably and mean the same thing.

Smart Growth is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and here, I hope to expose you to the ugly truth behind Agenda 21.

The Who, What, When, Where, Why and How Of Agenda 21 (but not exactly in that order)


Agenda 21 is the action plan of the United Nations related to sustainable development. It’s a comprehensive blueprint of action to be taken globally, nationally, and locally by organizations of the UN, governments, and major groups in every area in which humans directly affect the environment. The “21” in Agenda 21 refers to the 21st Century. (Wikipedia)

My take is that Agenda 21 is a depopulation plan which elevates nature over man.

It outlines what aspects of life are “sustainable” and what aspects are not sustainable and therefore, must be eliminated.

There’s an extensive list of what Agenda 21 has deemed unsustainable and I find the following most alarming:

  • private property
  • irrigation
  • paved roads
  • commercial agriculture
  • farm lands
  • pastures
  • grazing livestock
  • the family unit


Gro Brundtland and Maurice Strong are the masterminds behind Agenda 21.

They were commissioned by the United Nations to draft a report on global warming, the environment, and poverty and Agenda 21 is what resulted from that report.

Gro Brundtland is the former Prime Minister of Norway and is the Vice President of The World Socialist Party.

Maurice Strong is former director of the United Nations Environment Program and, among many other titles, is Senior Advisor to both the Secretary-General of the United Nations and to the President of the World Bank.

While there’s a slight chance Gro Brundtland may be well-intentioned, there’s no way the same can be said for Maurice Strong.

For starters, the dude’s been living in China ever since allegations erupted that he was intimately involved in the Oil-for-Food scandal. You can read more about this “international man of mystery” here.


The basis of this whole travesty is a philosophical difference regarding the worth of man, the condition of the planet, and the expectations for the future.

The world has a cancer and that cancer is man. – Merton Lambert, former spokesman for the Rockefeller Foundation

If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels. – Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, Leader of the World Wildlife Fund

Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t that our responsibility to bring that about? – Maurice Strong

A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95%  decline from present levels would be ideal. – Ted Turner, CNN Founder, UN Supporter, and environmentalist.

These are scary statements made by powerful people. Don’t doubt their ability to bring their plans to fruition.

What I find utterly disheartening about Agenda 21 is that they have taken something good (respect for the planet, sustainability, and concern for the have-nots) and twisted it into something bad.

But that’s the way evil always works, isn’t.

There is nothing wrong with simple living, protecting the environment, and helping the poor but when you strip human beings of their inalienable right to own land then you have forever stripped liberty and freedom from human beings.

Stephanie, this is America and we’re protected by the Fifth Amendment. These are UN people- who cares?

Well dear friend, I thought you’d never ask.

In 1992, Bush Sr. signed an agreement to implement Agenda 21 in the US. However, it was a “soft treaty” and therefore was not enforceable.


In 1993, Bill Clinton signs an Executive Order creating the President’s Council on Sustainable Development and begins implementation in federal agencies.


In 1997, The US Conference of Mayors creates the Joint Center for Sustainable Communities.


In 2001, The National Governor’s Association endorses Smart Growth advancing Statewide Sustainable Development (aka Agenda 21).

And to make things worse…

In 2011, Barack Obama signs an Executive Order creating the White House Rural Communities Act enabling implementation of Agenda 21 in 16% of the US.

So, now that you know Agenda 21 is in your backyard, let’s continue.


Worldwide implementation is the goal of Agenda 21 but here is a map illustrating what the Rulers of the Universe expect the United States to look like:

The red you see is reserved land (new playgrounds for the Elites, perhaps?); the yellow will be highly regulated land which means you probably won’t step foot on it; and then there’s the little black dots- that’s where you and I will live in stack ’em and pack ’em inner cities luxurious high-rise green condos.

I’m excited to be a landless peasant for the rest of my life, aren’t you?!


A couple of different avenues are used to roll out Agenda 21 in your city.

For starters, federal money from the Presidents Council on Sustainable Development is allocated to agencies like HUD, then HUD contracts with groups like the American Planning Association. The APA then  creates a standardized guide with boilerplate language that fully encompasses the goals and plans of Agenda 21. That guide is then used by every community in the US. 

Two systems are also used to carry out Agenda 21- Smart Growth and the Wildlands Project.

Smart Growth directives manage urban development and the Wildlands Project manages the rural lands. Together they push people off rural lands and into densely populated “walkable” urban areas.

There’s nothing wrong with walkable cities but people should NOT be forced into them.

Our federal government is bypassing town laws and  local ordinances and waves easy grant money in the faces of local officials. When your local government accepts that grant money, by default they accept the principles and regulations in Agenda 21 without even knowing it.     


Agenda 21 is slowly being implemented throughout the United States and citizens are already feeling the effects of it.

In Oak Park, Michigan, Julie Bass faces 93 days in jail for growing a vegetable garden in her front yard.

In Dade County, Florida, 1500 people have lost their homes (without compensation) because the land has suddenly been declared “protected.”

In King County, Washington, 17,000 people are petitioning their county courthouse to win back their property rights. They’ve lost 65% of their land have not been compensated for it.

 The Good News

Despite the crappy reality that a small group of wealthy, intelligent, and powerful people are literally trying to rule the world- there is good news!

Citizens and local governments are realizing the evil behind Agenda 21 and are banning it from their towns.

14 communities across the US have dropped out of this version of “sustainable development” and I am happy to say the State of Florida (my home) has outlawed Smart Growth (aka Agenda 21) throughout the entire state!

Your community can do the same.

 What You Can Do

It’s easy to become disillusioned by politics and everything you hear on the lamestream news but please, do your part and stand up against Agenda 21.

I know I’m not the only one who dreams of owning a small piece of land to become as self-sufficient as possible. If Agenda 21 continues those dreams will die.

Don’t let your rights be taken away for “the sake of the greater good.” The greater good are not going to be the ones who are going to benefit.

There has to be better ways to be green than what Agenda 21 has to offer.

Learn more here:

Freedom Advocates- The Agenda 21 Timeline

Agenda 21 Today

What Can I Do?

Freedom 21 

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