It was a startling fact to learn. Watermelon, one of the most popular fruits on our planet, is 92% water. Those big, oblong cylinders are then, surprisingly enough, actually more barrels of H2O than they are a food stuff.
How looks can deceive.
There are many kinds of watermelon – nearly 1200, in fact - but whenever we think of one it is usually the Carolina Cross variety- very green on the outside and very red on the inside – that pops into our imagination.
I thought about that color contrast at AFA’s recent Los Angeles seminar The Green Movement: From Common Sense and Compromise to Coercion and Control, held in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 21. After the day was over I actually had an entirely different view of watermelons.
The seminar presented five speakers, who, one after the other, described the green movement and its operating philosophy of sustainability as a rehash of the same communist principles and ideas, effectively discredited in the West for over a generation.
Steve Milloy, the author of Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them, opened the seminar with a sweeping history of the environmental lobby and how it has always masqueraded as a benign, non-ideological movement, when in fact its focus is on the acquisition of political power and the control of our most vital institutions, in order to impose a new form of social and political order on society.
Claudia Rosett, a journalist and fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington D.C. followed with a bracing commentary on the United Nations and its use of international environmental policy to penetrate sovereign jurisdiction of Western nations. She pointed out the life long quest of U.N. potentates such as Canadian industrialist Maurice Strong to impose a new order on humanity, one in which the rights of the environment are elevated above human rights and national law is superceded by international jurisdiction.
Michael Shaw, the President of Freedom Advocates, presented an eye-opening examination of the way the Green movement’s philosophy of sustainability has penetrated into the very heart of our society, with local councils and even homeowners associations adopting the tenets of Agenda 21 (see my own article about this U.N. document here). Shaw presented damning evidence of the way ICLEI – the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, the U.N.’s vehicle for Agenda 21, uses its extensive influence in American townships through its plans for social engineering and behavior modification, to bring individuals in line with its environmental objectives.
More important than this though, Shaw demonstrated how ICLEI’s focus on land usage is an attempt to impose a regime of land redistribution in the name of environmental protection. It promotes a modern form of collectivization wherein citizens will be told where and how they will live. (You can get more an idea about this by visiting the ICLEI site here)
It is also ICLEI’s job to implement United Nation’s policies that restructure our representative form of government through global and regional development. Policies and programs take control from our representative government and put that control into the hands of regional, non-elected boards. It threatens, according to Shaw, a soviet-styled system that is based on regionalism.
Ashley Thorne, the Director of Communications at the National Association of Scholars, followed with a convincing presentation of the way the philosophy of sustainability is being indoctrinated into our students all over the country. Several universities, such as the University of Delaware, maintain compulsory sustainability training for freshmen and there are schools which make a course in sustainability mandatory. Nearly 650 college professors have signed on to the ACUPP ( American College and University President’s Climate Commitment) which is a document calling upon University presidents to impose stringent sustainability restrictions upon their campuses and to institute more courses in sustainable growth.
Ms. Thorne pointed out how the United States government became complicit with this movement when Congress passed all provisions of the Higher Education Sustainability Act (HESA) as part of the new Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HR 4137) in July, 2008. This Act creates pioneering “University Sustainability Grants” which will offer funds to institutions of higher education to develop, implement and evaluate sustainability curricula, practices, and academic programs.
Holly Swanson , the author of Set Up and Sold Out: Find Out What Green Really Means and the Director of Operation Greenout! in Oregon, concluded the day with a presentation on the role of the Greens in fostering political change. She drew a direct line between the writings and pronouncements of former communist leaders both nationally and internationally and Green Movement political action today. From Gus Hall, the former Chairman of the Communist Party of the United States (“ The fact is , the bigger the stake people have in the struggle for a more livable world, the greaterthe fighters they will be in the struggle to save humanity from extinction” ) to Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Secretary-General of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, who has acknowledged creating Green Cross International in the early 1990s in order promote communist ambitions, the Green movement has been infused with ideological energy from the collapse of the Soviet Union. Many of the stalwart members of the Communist party have become enthusiastic boosters of the Green movement and the connection between the two camps is unassailable.
You could not have heard five more compelling speakers address a subject that 99% of Americans know almost nothing about. Even those of us who have feared the growth of the environmental movement and its outlandish attempts to impose its orthodoxies on our lifestyle, were shocked to discover how the philosophy of sustainability has penetrated our local governmental institutions, our universities and our national thinking. In a workshop following the presentations, I was dismayed to hear of political leaders whom we thought could be recruited to help fight this rising tide, being dismissed as already in the environmentalists’ camp.
I was also not too happy to hear that even most of the conservative movement, besides a few stray voices, have accepted sustainability doctrine. That is certainly the case in the U.K. , where opposition leader David Cameron has made a point of declaring himself an environmentalist and a supporter of sustainable development.
What hope, then, is there? The answer lies in education on a grass roots level. Adapting the model of the Tea Party movement, working with churches, synagogues, homeowners associations and local councils, reaching out to high schools and junior colleges, are all essential measures in encouraging the development of a broad based network of activists dedicated to combating this threat to freedom and property rights.
Americans need to begin to understand that ‘sustainable development’ is a mere pseudonym for centralized control over lives and property. They need to visit the websites of the United Nations Agenda 21, ICLEI, Earth First and Eco-America to read the literature on the real plan of these latter day totalitarians for their future. They must begin to appreciate that the “green”that this movement is trying to sell us, is in fact a deep red – in color, in texture and in character.
Only the color blind could mistake it for anything else.