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Photograph 1. Surrounding business owners are losing $300,000 annually due to the loss of this vehicle parking space.
The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is a United Nations environmental program.1 Approximately 1,100 governments worldwide pay dues to ICLEI, including 600 towns, cities and counties in the United States. In Colorado, ICLEI members include: Arvada, Aspen, Boulder, Breckenridge, Carbondale, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, Gunnison County, LaPlata County, Lafayette, Loveland, Manitou Springs, San Miguel County, and Westminster. In 2004, ICLEI became known as ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. ICLEI’s mission includes transforming local government, equalizing income worldwide, restricting capitalism, and eliminating market economies. ICLEI requires local governments to pay dues for membership;2 taxpayer money is the funding source.
Charter, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, Athens, Greece; November 7, 2003. www.iclei.org
Local governments who join ICLEI gain access to toolkits. These toolkits include climate action plans and long-range sustainability plans which removes the authority of locally elected officials and gives that power to city employees.3 The long-range plans, which are documents from the United Nations Environmental Programme are called Agenda 21 and Local Agenda 21.4
ICLEI Transforms Local Government
Photographs 2, 3. These five parking spaces are worth $1,500,000 annually to surrounding businesses. City of Fort Collins employees removed six vehicle parking spaces for on-street bicycle racks and, at the request of a private business owner, restricted five vehicle spaces for use by low emitting and fuel efficient vehicles only. Each parking space, when occupied by a vehicle, has a value of $300,000 to surrounding business owners. Downtown business owners lose $3,300,000 per year because goals contained within the climate action plan include eliminating personal vehicle use. New Belgium Brewery paid for the bicycle racks and in exchange, the City gives the brewery free prime advertising space in downtown Fort Collins. Police and fire departments were not consulted regarding the design, installation and implementation of on-street bicycle racks and only became aware of the plan after installation was complete. Elected officials did not publicly discuss these significant changes, the public did not have an opportunity to comment and there was no vote on the issue. The city employees who made the decisions to remove vehicle parking spaces acted on the authority of the Fort Collins Climate Action Plan under the section heading of “Parking Management”.
fcgov.com/Plan Fort Collins www.un.org
ICLEI’s Triple Bottom Line Budgeting
ICLEI teaches towns, cities and counties how to embed sustainability into council operations by adopting a new budgeting process called triple bottom line.5 Triple bottom line budgeting eliminates financial decisions which are based on economic factors. Society, environment and economy are weighed equally, with “sustainability” being the deciding factor. This budgeting approach leads to financial chaos and causes city governments then struggle to fund basic services of fire, police and road maintenance.
Climate Wise is an ICLEI program which focuses on controlling private businesses by pressuring business owners to conform to foreign energy guidelines. Business owners who join Climate Wise are given preferential treatment by local governments; this includes receiving closed-door deals, free advertising and taxpayer money.
The United States of America is founded on the basis of individual and unalienable rights. ICLEI’s elimination of representative government and their socialist goals are in opposition to the United States Constitution. Elected officials who support ICLEI are violating their oath of office.
Coming in August: ICLEI Part 2: Is your Mayor a member of ICLEI’s Cool Mayor’s Club and what does that mean for you? Plus, find out how much taxpayer money is being spent on ICLEI programs in your community. Stacy Lynne lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. She began researching ICLEI when the City of Fort Collins attempted to take control of two private businesses.