A local man who found himself in the limelight recently following a verbal disagreement with U.S Senator Joe Manchin addressed the Logan City Council on May 14 to address his concerns about a proposal from the United Nations which he feels could be stifling to the freedoms many Americans take for granted.
Shaun Adkins asked to talk about the little-known U.N. Agenda 21 “Sustainability Plan” which he is concerned could create greater expenses for common people who would soon feel their ability to travel freely curtailed through expensive fuel and energy costs.
Adkins said Agenda 21 goes back before the Bush and Clinton administrations and that while its publicly stated goals sound admirable, its overall end effects could be anything but.
Agenda 21 is the name of a United Nations action plan relating to sustainable development. It came about following a UN Conference on Environment and Development held in Brazil in 1992. Agenda 21 was designed to be implemented by other organizations and individual governments around the world at local, national, and global levels.
Over the past ten years opposition to Agenda 21 has increased dramatically from within Conservative organizations in the United States and other First World countries which see Agenda 21 as a threat to property rights and mobility. Several state and local governments have considered or passed motions and legislation opposing Agenda 21 with Alabama becoming the first state to prohibit government participation in Agenda 21. Activists argue that Agenda 21 is a conspiracy by the United Nations to deprive individuals of property rights.
“It is the most radical environmental policy ever drafted,” Adkins said, noting that parts of the objections many people have sound “far out in left field,” and noted he believed it too. Until he looked further into it. Adkins said he had no problems with people planting gardens and using solar panels to help power their homes, but said he felt that raising energy and transportation costs was another matter.
“What is the motive?” Adkins asked. “Will this restrict what we can do and where we can go?”
Adkins said the U.N. had been trying to implement Agenda 21 from the bottom up by asking small and local governments to sign on for it and beginning to implement it at the local level. Adkins said he wondered if neighboring Mingo County might have been influenced by the Agenda 21 movement.
“I just wanted to bring this out into the open and I pray that you read up on it,” he said. “If you do not believe me — that is fine — but look into it for yourself. The end-game sounds like something out of a George Orwell novel.”
Adkins said 178 countries have signed on for Agenda 21.
“This is not about sustainability. This is about power and money. I feel that radical regulations can be passed a lot easier on the local level than the national level.”
Tuesday evening’s meeting started with a dedication to Greg Kosanko who has been in charge of the upcoming $10 million state building which will house the Department of Health and Human Resources on Main Street. Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti noted that the project had been
a long way in getting here.
“I first heard about it in 2002,” the mayor said, noting it had been one delay after another until the building started going up a few months ago. At that time it was believed it would be finished by December or January. Along the way there were delays waiting for one building to be removed and an unexpected fire that demolished another one.
Nolletti and the Council presented Kosanko with a plaque and thanked him for working so closely with the city on such a large and at times problematic project.