By Holly Swanson
The stated purpose of the Education for Sustainability movement is to use education to create “a new cultural norm” in America. In other words, use education as a tool to change our entire culture by manipulating the curriculum and teaching our children new cultural beliefs. Anthony Cortese, the president of Second Nature and one of the leading advocates in the Education for Sustainability movement, clarified their objectives, saying, “Humans are guided by a whole set of beliefs and values, and those come from culture, from religion, from social, economic and political structure. We need to change all of those.”
Education for Sustainability is a political tool to change the cultural, religious, social, economic and political structure of our nation. This is not common knowledge because these programs have been presented as nonpartisan environmental education – but this is not accurate. This movement is advancing a partisan agenda that mirrors Green Party goals and communism.
Critical distinctions must be made between sound steps to create a healthier environment and using public education to indoctrinate students as the means to impose a political agenda that mirrors communism. California state Sen. Alan Lowenthal’s bill, S.B.1322, to remove long-standing safeguards that prevent “teaching communism with the intent to indoctrinate” coincides with the Education for Sustainability agenda, as it would pave the way to teach these programs in California schools.
Sustainability, a core principle of the Green Party, is now the all-encompassing buzzword to mask implementing the revolutionary agenda outlined by Cortese. Teaching our children to “go Green” means politically indoctrinating them to support the goals of the Greens, party and movement. A direct alliance between Education for Sustainability and the Green Party is the Earth Charter. Although presented as non-partisan, the Earth Charter is:
- part of the Green Party platform;
- recognized as the tool to implement the objectives of the Green Party;
- a set of rules co-authored by former communist dictator Mikhail Gorbachev, now a leader in the Green movement;
- a document that promotes communist principles such as “the equitable distribution of wealth within nations and among nations”;
- a tutorial selected by the Education for Sustainability movement to teach our children new cultural beliefs, behaviors and lifestyles.
Advocates hope to make the Earth Charter law and the “common standard by which the conduct of all individuals, organizations, businesses, governments and transnational institutions is to be guided and assessed.”
The primary strategy to achieve this level of dictatorial control over the American people is to use Education for Sustainability to shape the political opinions and personal beliefs of the roughly 89 percent of our children that attend public schools. These programs target children at every grade level.
What happens to free thought, individual freedom and the democratic process if 89 percent of America’s children are taught to vote for Green communism? Ronald Reagan said it best: “The future of our nation will be determined, more than anything else, by the character of our children.”
A short list of the so-called nonpartisan groups that have endorsed the Earth Charter and support Education for Sustainability provides a clue about who is pushing these programs into our schools. The groups include:
- The Campaign for Environmental Literacy
- The North American Association for Environmental Education
- The Earth Day Network
- The National Wildlife Federation
- Second Nature
These same groups support S.2444, the Higher Education Sustainability Act of 2007, or HESA, which calls for $50 million a year to fund and “fully integrate sustainability into the curriculum” in higher education. The Education for Sustainability movement is positioned to have its programs recommended and accepted as part of the national curriculum.
An update from the Campaign for Environmental Literacy states, “The House and Senate … are now conferring on the final bill … This conference will decide which of the 40-plus new programs, including the HESA program, make it into the final higher education bill.”
The plan is to legalize, fund and implement Education for Sustainability programs before the American people understand:
- sustainability is the vehicle;
- the Earth Charter is the blueprint;
- political indoctrination is the objective; and
- communism is the end game.
Education for Sustainability is already part of the curriculum in schools across our nation. Be a voice for America’s children and help get Green politics out of our schools.
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Holly Swanson is the director of the Operation Green Out! campaign and known for her work to get Green politics out of America’s schools. She is the author of the book “Set Up & Sold Out,” an expose on the political agenda of the Green movement.