Chapter 28 of Agenda 21 specifically calls for each community to formulate its own Local Agenda 21:
“Each local authority should enter into a dialogue with its citizens, local organizations, and private enterprises and adopt ‘a local Agenda 21.’ Through consultation and consensus-building, local authorities would learn from citizens and from local, civic, community, business and industrial organizations and acquire the information needed for formulating the best strategies.” (Agenda 21, Chapter 28, sec 1,3.)
This tactic may sound reasonable until you realize that the dedicated “Stakeholder Group’ that organizes and oversees local transformation is not elected by the public. And the people selected to represent the ‘citizens’ in your community will not present your interests. The chosen ‘partners’, professional staff, and working groups are implementing a new system of governance without asking your opinion.
They probably don’t even want you to know what they are doing until the regulatory framework is well under way. You may read in your local paper about “visioning”, working groups, Total Quality Management, and partnership between churches, welfare and social service agencies, and other community groups. These are clues that, behind the scenes, the plan is moving forward.
It all goes on and on, much further. We all know how these things seem to work: Opaque, controls, restrictions, new admin posts!!! and further erosion of simple everyday freedoms. We already have departments – or perhaps NGOs is more accurate – deciding on ASSIs (Areas of Special Scientific Interest) which could restrict livelihoods. Think Ramsey proposals, which the minister later rejected. These were first discussed in secret meetings. There we go again. Do you honestly think things will improve when we have even more input and directives from faceless and distant persons?
Of course we all endorse environmental protection – but within the bounds of reason. We need much more information. We can’t simply passively wait to be signed up to something we know nothing about.