Many of us oppose the whole idea that our lives should be planned in the first place. Rio+20 policies threaten to move us even further in the direction of centralized planning, social control and incredible taxes added to everything we buy and everything we do.
The Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is taking place June 20-22, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio+20 is the latest escalation of Agenda 21, which came out of the 1992 Earth Summit, also called the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).
Agenda 21 policies are a product of an unelected international organization and did not come from the Canadian people. They have been implemented undemocratically since 1992 by very active professional non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in association with governments. Planning policies such as Smart Growth and land management policies have been introduced over the years without public involvement, with hardly any media or government explanation other than one-sided propaganda. The public is only involved as workers who pay taxes to fund NGO and government salaries.
Please look at the preliminary Rio+20 Zero draft of the outcome document. It calls for the strengthening of “international environmental governance”. It also advocates the use of public education to indoctrinate the young and the rest of society in sustainable development values which are elevated above human-centered rights and freedoms. The draft document contains rhetoric about “poverty eradication” which is ironic since its policies will lead to more poverty.
It is talking about a change in our whole way of life, but we are having enough trouble as it is! The zero draft document advocates moving the world towards “low-carbon development” and towards “sustainable consumption and production patterns”. It talks about the continued redistribution of wealth (0.7% of GDP) from countries like Canada to supposedly assist poorer countries in implementing the green economy and sustainable development. How can we afford that? It also talks about a new Orwellian “measure of well-being”, which is evidently intended to brainwash people into accepting new levels of poverty.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development provides coverage in its Earth Negotiations Bulletin of more recent negotiations about a newer draft document (Vol. 27, Num. 35). According to this report, we are supposed to “undertake significant lifestyle changes”. The participants complain about “unsustainable patterns of consumption”. Another proposal involves “making prices reflect true environmental and social costs and benefits (including payments for ecosystem services, carbon pricing and phasing out harmful subsidies).” The article also reports that “population limits” have been openly discussed at the preparatory meetings!
This leaked version of the Rio+20 document at www.cfact.tv includes NGO comments and has the same kind of detail about proposals for an oppressive “low-carbon” global system of governance that violates national and personal sovereignty and seeks to control every aspect of our lives.
Agenda 21 and Rio+20 are not mentioned in the Conservative platform for the 2011 election, so there is no democratic justification for participating in Rio+20. The Conservative Party claims to support property rights, and yet if it goes along with Rio+20, it fails to protect the property rights, freedoms and future of most Canadians.
The federal government should not have any representatives at Rio+20, they should not sign any documents, and they should withdraw from Agenda 21 altogether.
All federal, provincial and local politicians should reject Agenda 21 policies.