An Adel lawmaker wants to keep Iowa out of a ten year-old United Nations initiative. It’s called “Agenda 21” and Republican State Representative Ralph Watts introduced a bill that would keep Iowa from participating. He says it’s an effort to ensure that our state has local control of land use and property rights issues. According to Watts, the message behind Agenda 21 is to get everyone to live in a populated area.
“Global supportive scientists are suggesting that humanity would be better off living in densely populated centers; say maybe, maybe not,” said Watts. “Then the quote goes on to say, we certainly don’t want them strolling about the entire country side, we want them to save land for nature by living closely together.”
Watts’ bill would bar Iowa and all county and local governments from participating in any Agenda 21 initiative. Conceived in 1992, Agenda 21 is described by the United Nations as a “voluntary, non-binding action plan” that deals with sustainable development of land. However, there is opposition to its implementation in the U.S. and other countries that are participating. 26 other Republican members of the Iowa House are co-sponsors of the bill.
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