It sounds like the theme of a sci-fi terror flick, or an action film involving computers and a secret government plot to enslave the world.
And, sure, said state Rep. Greg Smith, R-Overland Park, some people hear him discuss Agenda 21, and the theme music from “Twilight Zone” starts playing in their head.
But there’s nothing fictional about Agenda 21, a 20-year-old United Nations statement on sustainable development. And that’s why the Kansas House is considering a resolution “opposing and exposing the radical nature” of the UN initiative.
Smith supports the resolution, which says Agenda 21 “is being covertly pushed into local communities” and that its call for “sustainable development views the American way of life of private property ownership, single family homes, private car ownership, individual travel choices and privately owned farms as destructive to the environment.”
Opponents of the resolution say Agenda 21 is old news, nothing to be concerned with and purely voluntary.
But on Tuesday, the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs approved House Resolution 6032.
Rep. Judith Loganbill, D-Wichita and ranking minority member of the committee, offered the only opposition to the resolution from a committee member.
She read excerpts from Agenda 21 that call for improving access to markets, increasing land ownership by women and indigenous people and combating poverty. “What’s wrong with that,” Loganbill asked Smith.
“I have no problem with the free market,” Smith said, “but that’s not what that is. It’s wealth transfer. We act in our own sovereignty and for our own people.”
Smith, a former schoolteacher, gave committee members a lesson on the origins of the sustainability movement and Agenda 21.
In 1969, UN Secretary General U Thant warned that the world had only “10 crucial years” to avert a host of disasters, including plummeting global temperatures and spreading polar ice caps.
During the next 23 years a series of UN statements, many authored by Canadian businessman Maurice Strong, laid the groundwork for a call to eliminate private lands, end national sovereignty and accord humans no greater protection than any other species.
In 1992 Strong chaired the UN Earth Summit, also known as the Rio Conference, which produced Agenda 21’s call for curtailing national sovereignty and redistribution of resources, both natural and intellectual, in the name of sustainability.
Rep. Dennis Hedke, R-Wichita and the resolution’s sponsor, noted that most U.S. citizens are unaware of the agenda or the implications of what he called a, “Massive attempt to restructure human activity on the planet.”
“There is no other way to put it — this is the most aggressive attack on individual liberty and the foundations of our country we have ever seen,” Hedke said.
Agenda 21 and its supporters say such radical change is necessary to avert the calamity of global warming or climate change.