Tom DeWeese spoke about Agenda 21 and sustainable development at the North Central Ohio Conservatives meeting Thursday.
Originally from Ohio, DeWeese has been a candidate for Ohio Legislature, an editor of two newspapers and has owned several businesses. He serves as founder and president of the American Policy Center and editor of the DeWeese Report. He has written a book, "Now Tell Me I Was Wrong," a collection of articles in the DeWeese Report discussing the changes of the American government, educational system and economy. He is one of the first to speak against Agenda 21 and sustainable development.
In his presentation, he explained the issue and how it was affecting local governments.
In the 1990s, the United Nations created the agenda in order to convince government leaders that the economic growth of first world countries such as the United States was creating problems seen around the world such as poverty and global warming.
According to DeWeese, the agenda at the local level created the issue of sustainability and forced individuals to give up private property for the good of the world. Through this agenda, developed nations would have to stop all economic growth at a local level.
He also said that because those in support of the agenda helped to fund local government through grants, most local officials are unaware of how Agenda 21 is affecting their constituents in the form of sustainability.
Examples he provided included land conservation and electric and water aggregation.
"Ownership of private property contributes to social injustice," DeWeese said, explaining the ideas of those who support sustainability. In his presentation, he said one of the beliefs of those supporting sustainability was that land ownership was not fair to those who do not have it, and the United States has the responsibility to spread that wealth.
Because of the local implications of the agenda and the idea of sustainability, individuals around the country have lost property, been jailed and received fines.
DeWeese called this idea "socialist."
He called for individuals to band together to stop sustainability from continuing by contacting local government.
"Understand it," he said. "And don't fight it alone."
He also said to attack the policy of sustainable development and not Agenda 21, as many officials do not realize that they are being affected by the agenda.
DeWeese encouraged attending city council meetings to ask questions and make concerns public.
For more information on DeWeese, visit www.DeWeeseReport.com.
The NCOC is looking for volunteers at its booth at the Seneca County Fair. Its annual meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Camden Falls Conference Center.