Some state lawmakers are concerned that an international effort promoting sustainable development might some day infringe on Iowans’ private property rights.
To make sure that doesn’t happen, Republicans on a House subcommittee Tuesday approved a measure that would prohibit state and local government officials from implementing or financially supporting elements of the United Nations’ Agenda 21 international environmental action plan for sustainable development if the action would restrict or tread on private property rights.
Rep. Ralph Watts, R-Adel, conceded that 98 out of 100 Iowans probably would not know what Agenda 21 is if you asked them, but he said there is a movement under way that operates under the premise that humanity would be better off living in densely populated centers rather than spacious rural areas. That philosophy poses a threat to Americans’ right to live where they choose versus where government wants them to live.
“I realize it won’t be very clear exactly what Agenda 21 means in all communities. But it’s here, alive and well in Iowa and in our country,” Watts told a subcommittee meeting. “There are some signals out there that we have to be concerned about. It’s very real. They literally want to see people move off of rural areas and into communities, kind of like the collectivism that the Soviet Union has had.”
Do you see any threat to Iowa in the United Nations’ “Agenda 21”?