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Anticipating Agenda 21: Release Note

February 12, 2013

ImageAgenda 21, the action plan to implement the principles and agreements of Rio, is a blueprint for constructing the new world order called for at Rio. It is vital that people grasp this new vision of our future and understand how they can contribute to its realization.”  

– Maurice Strong, Forward to “The Earth Summit’s Agenda for Change.”

Mr. Strong was right. It is vital that people grasp “this new vision of our future.” And now, more than twenty years after Agenda 21 was released, the importance of understanding this document and its role in shaping our present and our future is still of high concern.

The latest edition of Forcing Change does just that; it seeks to unravel the history, scope, and role of Agenda 21 and “sustainable development.” In doing this, we look at what Agenda 21 is and isn’t, how it was introduced into our national domestic framework, and the way it influences at the local level. We also take a hard look at World ’90, a major environmental conference that helped shape the Rio Earth Summit, which in turn birthed the Agenda 21 process. 

As the rhetoric over Agenda 21 heats up, especially now that multiple states in the US are considering anti-Agenda 21 legislation, the timeliness of this essay couldn’t be better. But be warned, this essay doesn’t use Agenda 21 as a boogieman. There’s no need. The stated intent and design of Agenda 21 is sensational enough already.

Know the facts, consider the consequences.

If you’re a subscriber/member of Forcing Change, download your copy of “Anticipating Agenda 21” today at If you’re not a member, consider supporting this important work by becoming an annual member. Not only will this guarantee the latest issue of Forcing Change in your email in-box, but you’ll have access to ALL back issues.

The environmental issue was set up as a global issue in need for global action… These efforts at the global level directly contributed to building a sense of global identity, or global citizenship which would be the first step towards global governance.

 – Youth Sourcebook on Sustainable Development.

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