by Elwood “Sandy” Sanders at VA Right
Edmond, OK is a epicenter of the anti-ICLEI fight!
It started in December when city leaders scheduled a “Sustainability Forum”; the intent to was implement their pro-ICLEI plans without opposition. Thanks to patriots and liberty activists, about 200 citizens came to the meeting. They were determined to fight sustainability and expose ICLEI:
Forum participants were asked to form discussion groups to share ideas regarding water conservation, greenspace parks and energy efficient buildings to save money. City staff would then take those recommendations to implement in a grass roots community plan, Entz said.
“We’re telling you we don’t want to do that. We want to talk about sustainability — its history — where it comes from,” Edmond resident Robert Semands said amid widespread applause.
The city community development director, Shannon Entz, tried to move the meeting back to sustainability but was not able to prevail. Anti-ICLEI flyers were distributed; all but one of the the speakers asked the city to withdraw from ICLEI.
That one exception came in the form of Benton Howell, a member of a local group called “Sustainable Edmond.” He used his time at the microphone to extol the virtues of ICLEI’s preferred methods of sustainability, to promote the theory of “global warming”, and to suggest various (some credible) conservation methods for residents’ consideration.
The entreaties were on deaf ears; the usual excuses were rather given out:
“We don’t even know what you’re talking about with Agenda 21,” Entz said. “This isn’t part of our conversation at all. It’s absolutely not. We’re not part of that; we’re not interested in that.”
Semands said the language of sustainability comes from Agenda 21 which is a U.N. agenda.
“Edmond did not sign off with any international agenda,” former Mayor Dan O’Neil said.
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