By Tom DeWeese
February 2, 2009
In June 2005, I reported on the UN’s efforts to recruit the nation’s mayors to directly impose Sustainable Development policy into our local communities. The Mayors weren’t there to simply discuss policy, they committed to an agenda with specific goals. And the results are now clearly being seen in more than 400 communities in 48 states.
First, let me define the policy I’m talking about and describe where it came from. Sustainable Development is the direct opposite of the type of locally elected representative government our Founding Fathers organized for the United States. Sustainable Development expert Michael Shaw explains, it “is the process by which America is being reorganized around a central principle of state collectivism using the environment as bait.” In fact, the policy involves every aspect of our daily lives from food processing and consumption, to health care, to community development to education to labor, and much more. The blue print for sustainable development came from a United Nations soft law policy called Agenda 21, first revealed at the UN’s Earth Summit in 1992.
The best way to understand what Sustainable Development actually is, can be found by discovering what is NOT sustainable. According to the UN’s Biodiversity Assessment Report, items for our everyday lives that are NOT sustainable include: Ski runs, grazing of livestock, plowing of soil, building fences, industry, single family homes, paved and tarred roads, logging activities, dams and reservoirs, power line construction, and economic systems that fail to set proper value on the environment (capitalism, free markets). There are many more specifically listed on UN documents, but these examples should show clearly how Sustainable Development is not compatible with a free society.
It’s interesting to note that most of the Sustainable Development agenda has not been implemented through congressional legislation, rather through the use of government grants, Executive Order and Public/Private Partnerships between government officials and global corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as through non-elected boards and committees. As a result, under the banner “going green,” it has become official policy for federal, state and now local governments. It literally represents a revolution in the way the United States operates; yet voters have had basically no say in its implementation. FULL STORY.
Renaissance Place offers green living for seniors in Muskegon
MUSKEGON, Mich. (GRBJ) - Renaissance Place, a new "green" apartment building for seniors in downtown Muskegon and the first architectural project undertaken by Concept Design Studio of Norton Shores, is now fully occupied
Hibbard said the spacious apartments are designed for active seniors and provide "high-quality living at affordable rent, through a tax credit."
Renaissance Place is in a Muskegon historic zone and also a Michigan Renaissance Zone, which are virtually free of state and local taxes for any business or resident located in or moving into the zone. Ren Zones are designed to provide certain distressed communities with a powerful market-based incentive - no taxes - to spur new jobs and investment.
The project was a $3.2 million investment by Brookstone.