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NGOs, supporters and activists march during COP19

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 novembre 2013

Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland;...

Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland; View from Łazienkowska Route (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Warsaw, starting at the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland, NGOs and supporters from across the globe are marching through the city centre, near where the UN climate negotiations are being held, to demand movement from policy-makers against catastrophic climate change and to honour the ‘Arctic 30’.Martin Kaiser, Head of Delegation for Greenpeace International, said:“While we March we’re remembering that, with each step we take, 30 of us are illegally detained –they are not walking alongside us because of the courageous stand they have taken to defend what we, and they, hold dear.” It was announced recently that the 30 men and women detained on the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, after a peaceful protect against oil drilling in the icy Arctic, could remain in jail in Russia for at least another 3 months.At the climate negotiations in Warsaw, following the devastation in the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, the world’s governments have so far rejected the opportunity to act. The Japanese and Australian governments have chosen this moment to tear up their existing promises, while giving their full attention to the oil, coal and gas industry. They have ignored the interests of their own citizens, the pleas of the victims of climate change, and the warnings of scientists, economists and trades unionists, to address the climate crisis which is engulfing us.“Policy-makers and officials here need to take a page from the story of these men and women who acted bravely and decisively to draw the world’s attention to the reckless greed of the fossil fuel industry. The Arctic 30 are not pirates. They are not hooligans. They acted entirely peacefully to protect the unique environment of the Arctic, and to protect all of us from the devastating impacts of climate change. The Arctic 30, and all those who stand against climate change, those who have lost their freedom, and in some cases their lives to protect the climate – they are the true heroes of our movement. We march with them, and for them,” said Kaiser.

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Recent News from the Green Movement

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 maggio 2012

Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior arrives in Bali f...

Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior arrives in Bali for the UN climate conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few months ago we covered the Rainbow Warrior III’s east coast voyage against America’s poor. Greenpeace’s James Turner has a short blog about that Rainbow Warrior III trip, highlighting the organization’s history of using its destroyers to wreak havoc on the developing world, before questioning whether “Greenpeace still needs its ships?” From a trade perspective, it goes without saying that the developing world would welcome such a move, especially when you consider that Gr eenpeace has used its ships in Papua New Guinea to prevent them from trading. But because the Rainbow Warrior III is fueled by “bunker” oil, one of the “dirtiest fuels in the world,” even the greens should be pressuring Greenpeace to stop using its ships. Alas, this has never been about the environment…We all know that the last thing groups like Greenpeace wants for the developing world are cheap sources of energy to help reduce poverty and create jobs. They made this all too clear in the Philippines recently. But now greens in Portland, Oregon, spearheaded by Robert Kennedy Jr. are protesting against measures to create domestic jobs by shipping “coal from Montana and Wyoming to Asia through Northwest ports.” We all know that when Kennedy isn’t campaigning against the deve loping world or energy for poor Americans, he’s lobbying on behalf of his friends for billions of dollars in “green energy” loans from the Obama administration. Shows where the greens’ priorities lie, right? The developing world? American jobs? Or securing taxpayer dollars for friends in high places? We’ll let you answer that one.
Having pulled out of the moribund Kyoto Treaty late last year, the greens have certainly placed a price on the Canadian government’s head. Groups like WWF, Greenpeace and the Sierra Club have criticized the government’s omnibus budget bill which includes provisions to “speed up the environmental review process for major projects” and rewrite the country’s Environmental Assessment Act. But as the governing Conservatives have pointed out, the main priority for the electorate is to ensure that Canada has a regulatory regime conducive to job creation, not one that allows politicized ideologues to stymie investment through arbitrary green regulations. Throug h dismissing the threats of the greens, the Canadian government will continue to create more jobs, something we could only hope for down here. By its geographic location, the fisheries sector is crucial for the well-being of people in Gambia. Figures indicate that as much as 12 percent of Gambia’s gross domestic product is derived from the country’s crucial fisheries sector. However, it looks like this beacon of economic success has attracted the preying eyes of WWF and USAID. Both organizations have announced one of their infamous partnerships to teach people in Gambia about “sustainably manage and develop the fisheries sector.” Without going into WWF’s scandalous recent record in Africa, this partnership is nothing about sustainability, but all about telling Gambians who have fished for decades that, according to an NGO, they don’t know what they’re doing. It’s NGO backed poverty at its worst, funded by you the taxpayer.

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