Tuesday January 1, 2013

Research U.N. Agenda 21 and then look up two articles, "Planting first seeds for future" and "Streamlining education," in the Dec. 10 Eagle. You will see how we are already conforming to this agenda.

The 1992 U.N. Earth summit in Rio de Janeiro first unveiled Agenda 21. It states "Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments and Major Groups in every area in which humans impact on the environment."

Basically, this agenda is about "control" over the land, natural resources, air, sea and most of all, sustainable development of the entire population. It is a plan to redistribute wealth on a global scale. Through new regulations and regionalization, citizens of the U.S. are inching slowly into Agenda 21’s plan.

In "Planting first seeds for the future," the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has completed the first phase of its "Sustainable Berkshires" plan, a long-term proactive blueprint toward job creation and community enhancement. This is being done with a $590,000 grant from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Once in place, the regional master plan will make the Berkshires eligible for federal grants to implement it through the "Partnership for Sustainable Communities." The collaboration is comprised of HUD, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency.


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"Streamlining education" spouts participation in the new District Capacity Project program of the Massachusetts Education Partnership launched this year. It is an education reform measure that will foster and facilitate collaboration between management, labor and school committee leaders. Steve Estelle, the president of the Berkshire Hills Education Association," states "There are a whole host of reforms happening in Massachusetts right now, from Innovation Schools to teacher evaluations, Common Core standards and a new assessment in development which will require people with competing agendas to find compromise. This is why the DCP is doing what it is. It’s important to build capacity to take on reforms in a productive manner."

Leaders of our towns and cities are working hard to keep us from financial disaster. Therefore, they have no choice but to apply for state and federal grants. However, grants are only given if you abide by their guidelines. Soon there will be no local power. We will all have to obey the federal government’s one size fits all regulations.

Agenda 21 comes under the guise of helping the environment, better education for our children, saving money through regionalization and qualifying for federal grants. However, it will no longer be a choice -- it will be required. Slowly, step by step.

BEVERLY GIANOKAKIS

Lenox