Recently, there was an article on Political Outcast about a man named Jason Helvingston in Orlando, Florida who was in trouble with city officials for having a garden in his front yard. It garnered national attention when the local news station reported that he was refusing to tear out his garden. The mayor received thousands of e-mails from around the country, and Helvingston gathered hundreds of signatures to petition the city to change its code to allow his garden.
Now, it looks like they might be changing the code after all. Because of the outpour of support for Helvingston, city officials decided that he should keep his garden. The city’s “sustainability” director said, “The times are changing quicker than our codes can adapt, and so we’re certainly looking at this as an opportunity to look at what the new standards should be.” He said the city’s concern was that whenever it rains, loose soil from the garden would run off into the streets and eventually into the lake, which would cause “water quality” issues.
This same “water quality” concern is what prompted a draft law in San Diego, California that would prohibit people from washing their cars in their driveways. It would even require that firefighters capture and save the water they use to put out fires. Violators could face up to 6 years in jail and/or fines up to $100,000. Infowars reports:
“The regulations will be enforced with the aid of a 24-hour telephone snitch line, which residents of San Diego, south Orange and southwest Riverside counties can use to report on their neighbors for violating the new code.”
They claim to be concerned with the bacteria build up from “non-storm runoff.” They want to make sure the water is clean, but it’s clear that they care little for water quality and mostly for control over the water supply. Infowars points out that they add fluoride to the water (as most cities in the U.S. do). If they were so concerned with water quality that they would jail a resident for washing his car in his driveway, why would they add toxic chemicals to the water supply?
The word that keeps getting thrown around in both of these cases is “sustainability.” Ordinances that regulate how you use your property and how you use your water pertain directly to the UN’s Agenda 21. To ward off opponents of the UN, it was decided that their protocols should be implemented at the local level. This is why they renamed the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). They want to emphasize the “local” aspect and get away from the “international” label. So, now it’s called “ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.” And this is what we have now all over the country – cities that are actively implementing Agenda 21 protocols to restrict people’s natural resource allocation.
This is what makes Jason Helvingston’s case remarkable. Because of the publicity, he and those that supported him fought against the UN’s agenda and won. I think one reason he was successful was that he used their own words against them. He called his garden a “sustainable plot of land.” And since these city officials were supposedly all about “sustainability,” they should be in favor of his “self-sustaining” practices. It kind of reminds me of Proverbs 12:13a that says, “An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips.”