At a local Tea Party meeting, I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh speak on the dangers of the United Nations Agenda 21 initiative. Dr. Paugh is a former citizen of Communist Romania. She immigrated to the U.S. as a young woman, earned multiple degrees, taught economics at the university level, and is a freelance writer and the author of the book Echoes of Communism.
Dr. Paugh first came to my attention through her recent Canada Free Press article about Kari Norgaard, the Oregon University professor who sparked an uproar with her claim that people who don’t believe in climate change should be put in a hospital and treated. This overtly Stalinist and Maoist call to “reeducate climate deniers” did not sit well with many.
(Rush Limbaugh highlighted Norgaard’s paper on his talk show last Monday, and in the resulting hullaballoo, the sociology professor was disappeared from the University’s website.)
Professor Norgaard presented the offending paper at the recent Planet under Pressure international conference in London, sponsored by the United Nations Agenda 21 initiative.
What is Agenda 21?
Agenda 21 is what the U.N. and its horde of rabid environmentalists hope will take up the slack for the waning public concern over global warming/climate change. Due to the lack of any real evidence of drastically rising temperatures (or sea levels) caused by human activity, reasonable people all over the world are refusing to ante up billions of dollars for useless “carbon taxes.”
Enter Agenda 21, or Climate Change, part deux.
“Agenda 21 bypasses national governments and aims straight at the local level through the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI),” Dr. Paugh said. The ICLEI holds conferences all over the country to “teach” local regulators how to implement Agenda 21values into land use planning for development, greenbelts, rights of way, water rights, and eminent domain.
“Any time you hear the terms “environmental justice,” “sustainable development,” “ecological debt,” and “Smart Growth,” those are code words for Agenda 21,” she said.
But she warned that Agenda 21 is not just about cheating Americans out of their private property, land use rights, and even the right to bear children, under the guise of “caring” environmentalism. She believes Agenda 21 is part of a larger plan to create a One-World government. And having lived under a communism, Dr. Paugh recognizes it when she sees it.
Began under FDR
Dr. Paugh outlined the beginnings of Agenda 21 under FDR, who appointed a 14-person committee at the end of WWII. That committee eventually became the U.N., which Dr. Paugh calls a “giant octopus.”
She said that the U.N. works by creating “initiatives” to test the waters, then comes back at a later conference and converts them into international treaties. Both Republican and Democratic presidents have signed some of these treaties, which invariably surrender American sovereignty in some way.
President Reagan refused to sign the U.N.’s Law of the Sea (LOST) treaty in 1982, which would have given control of all the oceans to a U.N. Ombudsman. The U.S. Senate refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol to limit carbon dioxide emissions, and Canada signed but later withdrew.
“Sucking the lifeblood of this economy”
But meanwhile, “[d]ozens of organizational tentacles and “programmes” have been imbedding into U.S. sovereignty for a long time, sucking the lifeblood of this economy in the name of “caring” environmentalism,” Dr. Paugh wrote. “We are losing our freedoms gradually to a foreign organization, financed by our own taxpayer dollars.” (Canada Free Press)
The fight against Agenda 21 is not just a Republican versus Democrat conflict. “Rosa Koire is a Democrat fighting Agenda 21 initiatives taking over in her state of California,” Dr. Paugh said.
“How did we possibly survive thousands of years without progressives telling us we’re doomed?” Dr. Paugh said. ” Obviously we need to turn to the wise U.N.”
Visit the website of Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh at ileanajohnson.com.