What is Agenda 21?
A better question is, why are people freaking out about Agenda 21?
If you look on Wikipedia, Agenda 21 is described as:
Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development. It is a product of the Earth Summit (UN Conference on Environment and Development) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992.
If you want the long-form answer, here you go!
A non-binding action plan for sustainable development. Essentially, like many UN initiatives, an attempt to make growth less destructive going forward. The initial document, being 700 pages long, is divided into 40 chapters that have been grouped into 4 sections: Section I (Social and Economic Dimensions is directed toward combating poverty, especially in developing countries, changing consumption patterns, promoting health, achieving a more sustainable population, and sustainable settlement in decision making.), Section II (Conservation and Management of Resources for Development Includes atmospheric protection, combating deforestation, protecting fragile environments, conservation of biological diversity (biodiversity), control of pollution and the management of biotechnology, and radioactive wastes), Section III (Strengthening the Role of Major Groups includes the roles of children and youth, women, NGOs, local authorities, business and industry, and workers; and strengthening the role of indigenous peoples, their communities, and farmers), and Section IV (Means of Implementation: implementation includes science, technology transfer, education, international institutions and financial mechanisms). There have been four basic revisions, essentially the three ‘Rio+’ documents and the Agenda 21 for Culture. In all, this is the United Nations’ plan for what could be called ‘sustainable globalization’ for the 21st Century.
Now that the facts have been laid out, in boring detail (thanks, Wikipedia!), lets talk about the conspiracy theories or, as those who fear Agenda 21 refer to them “Conspiracy Facts!”
One thing you have to be aware of is that, to these conspiracy theorists, the United Nations is a front organization for the Illuminati. The goals of the UN are immediately suspect and always have been to a subset of people who see the world through a conspirative lens. The United Nations charter, to promote intergovernmental cooperation and prevent another World War sounds a lot like a Satanic trick to some people.
Who doesn’t trust the United Nations, you may ask?
The fear of Agenda 21, and the UN in general, stems from a general distrust of the trajectory that society has been going in following World War II. Among these are: religious extremists, white separatist and anti-Semitic extremists, sovereign citizens and others (mostly on the extreme political Right).
These are, rather, the most notable overlapping elements of the various ideologies and worldviews that take an idea such as ‘Global Sustainability’ and interpret it as ‘Global Depopulation’ via a ‘New World Order.’ This is the same reason that Agenda 21 is mentioned alongside ‘chemtrails’ as part of a depopulation scheme.
When the closure of four Walmart stores in various U.S. states coincided with the much maligned and confused Jade Helm 15 military exercise, conspiracy theorists claimed that the government was planning to enact Martial Law, round up dissidents and place them in Fema Camps (a phrase meant to hearken to the idea of Nazi Concentration Camps). The Walmart stores, to many (especially in Texas) were believed to be used as staging grounds for the massive round-up of humanity, and were suspected to house entryways to Deep Underground Military Bases (or D.U.M.B.s).
The fact that Jade Helm 15 caused so much news media coverage had nothing to do with the actual facts of the military exercise (of which there are generally several running nationwide at any given time), and having four Walmarts all closed due to plumbing issues did not really make locals fear for their lives.
All that you see above you is intertwined in a narrative that has been refined and popularized for decades. The 1991 book Behold, a Pale Horse, by Milton William ‘Bill’ Cooper includes all of the above and suggests that ‘patriots’ will be rounded up in camps and to expect this event to occur during a holiday, when people are gathered together with family. The level of Cooper’s paranoia led to his death in a police shootout, but this fact is generally overlooked by his fans who see him as both a patriotic Christian martyr and freedom fighter.
When Jade Helm 15 ended, it did not end the fear of the federal government or the afeared One World Government. If anything, it led to a more galvanized set of rhetorical fears, including anything to do with Walmart. When it was announced that 269 Walmart stores were closing globally, the response from those fearful of Agenda 21 was immediate (see video above).
Agenda 21 did not initiate these conspiracy theories, rather, it fell right into the fears of Globalization as a potential evil. Christian Premillennialism, for instance, has always included an Anti-Christ who first founded a ‘One World Government’ and ‘One World Religion’ before requiring all to Humanity bare the ‘Mark of the Beast.’ The reinstatement of the State of Israel due, in part, through U.N. actions, caught the notice of biblical literalists and Evangelical Christians in America and throughout the world as a sign that the end times were drawing near.
Reading and studying of the Bible chapter 2 Thessalonians 2 (full text below) will give you a good, if paradoxical, understanding of why many Evangelical Christians feel the hour is nigh. 2 Thessalonians 2 specifically mentions the ‘Temple of God’ which is regularly interpreted as the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem which has been destroyed and now, currently, sits the Al-Aqsa Mosque (a site of regular conflict and contention). Agenda 21 seems, then, to fit a deep-seated fears that seem to stretch all the into the Bible.
The idea that a global sustainability initiative could be a covert depopulation program seems ludicrous to me, as it may to many, but Premillennialist and other Christian eschatologists believe that anyone who is not a Christian has been sent ‘strong delusion’ so that they may believe what is false. That being said, I know that a great many people, including a great many Christians, know that the U.N., and global sustainability is a good thing. By extension then, aside from the apparently ominous sounding name, Agenda 21, is the best efforts of Humanity up to this point to ensure that humans can stay on the planet, without utterly destroying it.
The Following is taken directly from BibleGateway.com
2 Thessalonians 2
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Man of Lawlessness
2 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers,[a] 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness[b] is revealed, the son of destruction,[c] 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.