Slowing down UN Agenda 21

Senator Bill KintnerSlowing down UN Agenda 21
By Bill Kintner

I introduced LB 482 to protect property rights of landowners and farmers from any units of government that want to embrace the concepts in the United Nations Agenda 21.

Agenda 21 and its policy guidelines are being quietly implemented by several cities and counties across Nebraska. If you haven’t heard of this policy you’re not alone. I don’t think many of elected officials that have voted to implement the concepts in Agenda 21 are even aware of the plan they voted in favor of implementing.

If you have read this far, you are probably wondering exactly what is Agenda 21 and why is it sufficiently troublesome as to warrant legislation?

Agenda 21 is a set of guidelines for global management of resources adopted at the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development in 1992. It is based on extreme environmentalism and redistribution of wealth across nations.

If fully adopted it would dramatically change our way of life here in Nebraska, and would eventually lead to the erosion of private property rights and a lower standard of living.

Various unelected intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations are used to create resource and land use recommendations that are adopted and enforced by city and county governments. Many of these organizations like the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives are located and funded in foreign countries.

Among the activities on the extreme end that these organizations oppose and deem unsustainable are grazing of livestock, building of fences, and the use of fossil fuels. All of which are essential to our state economy. Elimination of them would lead to economic disaster and impoverishment of our citizens.

The UN states that "effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced; a major shift in the priorities of both governments and individuals, plus an unprecedented redeployment of human and financial resources.

This shift will demand that a concern for the environmental consequences of every human action be integrated into individual and collective decision-making at every level."

How could this “profound reorientation” be going on without the knowledge of the public?

Proponents of Agenda 21 know that using taxpayer dollars to adopt an agenda that funds foreign organizations and undermines our sovereignty is unpopular. Using the term “Agenda 21” would raise red flags among the electorate. As a result they use innocuous sounding terms like “smart growth,” and “sustainable development” for their programs.

How can anyone be against “smart Growth” and “sustainable development?”

I always thought that “smart growth” made sense. I just don’t like how Agenda 21 defines “smart growth.”

Under Agenda 21 family farms would be put out of business through ever tightening regulations and forced acquisition of land through environmental trusts and perpetual easements.

Our urban areas would be forced to accept “smart growth recommendations” that stifle economic growth and pack citizens into high density housing. These “recommendations” typically come from unelected boards and committees that meet in private and are unaccountable to voters.

This is why I introduced LB 482. This bill would protect the private property rights of Nebraskans and would protect the sovereignty of our state and local governments by prohibiting our leaders from entering into contracts with foreign and domestic entities related to Agenda 21.

My intent is to protect our standard of living and ensure that our property rights are not infringed upon by ideas cooked up in foreign entities like the UN.

I believe that ownership of private property and the constitutional rights that go along with that ownership are key to the prosperity of our citizens and the state of Nebraska as a whole.

Over the past few weeks I have received a tremendous amount of support among my constituents for this bill. I look forward to working with local leaders to protect the citizens of Nebraska and ensure a prosperous economic future for our state.

I would appreciate your support for the bill. I certainly appreciate any feedback that you wish to provide on LB 482.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff for information on these bills, on any other pending legislative matters, or if we may be of assistance. Please reach me at 1115 State Capitol, Lincoln, NE, 402-471-2613, or at my email: