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G8/G20 Communiqué | Rejection of Failed System that Places Profits over Mother Earth and People

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May 28, 2010

Joan Russow, Global Compliance Research Project

Cory Morningstar, Canadians for Action on Climate Change

Gordon Brown, in his press conference, arrogantly equated the G-20 states as being ‘the world” when he made statements such as “now the world has agreed” [the same arrogance has been present for years with the self anointed G7and G8]. In June, statements from the G8 and G20 will be released; it will be presumably nothing more than tinkering with the economic system. If the current global situation is to be changed, there must be more than status quo measures to prop up the current capitalist system. Instead the G8 and G20 could reverse the years of contributing to war and conflict, of violating human rights, of denying social justice, and of devastating the environment, and could draft the following communiqué:

We, the G20 and above all the G8 states recognize that we have for years been part of the problem and have contributed to a state of global urgency.

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it” – Albert Einstein. No self-anointed group of 20 countries can solve the urgency of the global crisis.

We now commit to do the following:

1. Reduce the global military budget and security by reallocating military security expenses and transferring the savings into global social justice as undertaken through numerous UN Conference Action Plans and UN General Assembly Resolutions.

2. Abandon the pre-emptive/preventive attack policy that has resulted in aggressive attacks on sovereign states and that has been in violation of the UN Charter Article 2 and international law as being the ‘supreme’ international crime of war of aggression.

3. Withdraw immediately from any military involvement and occupation of sovereign states, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

4. End the practice of mollifying public opposition by couching aggressive acts in euphemistic “operations” such as “Operation Just Cause”, Operation Iraqi Freedom, “Operation Enduring Freedom”, etc.

5. Undertake to sign and ratify all Geneva Protocols, including Protocol V, which requires the removal of remnants of war.

6. No longer perceive justice in terms of revenge through military intervention and to instead seek justice through the International Court of Justice.

7. No longer misconstrue Art. 51 (self-defence) of the Charter of the United Nations to justify premeditated non-provoked military aggression, or to use various such pretexts for invading other sovereign states.

8. Not engage in and to oppose any attempt to undermine the international resolve to prevent the scourge of war; this would include not engaging in intimidation or in offering economic incentives in exchange for support for military interventions.

9. Be willing to be judged by an international tribunal for any actions that might be deemed to violate international law, to be crimes against the peace, to be war crimes, or to involve genocide.

10. Not misuse UN “peacekeeping” forces to clean up aggressive acts of destruction and occupation of other states.

11. Close and convert to peaceful purposes all foreign military bases in sovereign states around the world.

12. Undertake to respect the mandatory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, and to abide by its decisions.

13. End the production and circulation and berthing of nuclear powered or nuclear arms-capable vessels throughout the world.

14. No longer engage in “war games” or “military exercises” such as Exercise Trident Fury.

15. Discontinue propping up and financing military dictators. Read the rest of this entry »

April 21st, 2010 will Mark the fall of the Mainstream Environmental ‘Movement’

For many in the climate justice movement, the growing trend of cozy alliances between many of the mainstream ENGOs with multinational corporate partners has been a toxic recipe; the price of which may be nothing less than complete ecological devastation. The result of these unscrupulous relationships is undeserved legitimacy for transnational corporations, as compromised NGOs run hand in hand with CEOs and executives in a race to the lowest common denominator. The common denominator is money and the finish line is paved in gold – but at what cost? Species extinction is happening at a scale of epic proportions, droughts and storms are happening at unparalleled magnitude; irreversible climate change catastrophe now stares at us in the face. The most inconvenient truth of all – that today – we now stand on the cusp of epic collapse of civilization. Has Earth Day become nothing more than a day of greenwash opportunism and will it mark the fall of the mainstream environmental movement.

Creating Climate Wealth Summit

Invitation from the ‘Earth Day Network’:

“Please join Earth Day Network and the Carbon War Room on April 21, 2010 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building for a celebration on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day! Join Sir Richard Branson, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and celebrities. Join attendees from the Creating Climate Wealth Summit, our keynote speakers Richard Branson and Lisa Jackson, and enjoy a night conversing with other professionals that are making a difference in the climate change market! Held at the beautiful Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, D.C., this night will not only bring together those that are making a difference in the climate marketplace, but it will provide superb dining, excellent entertainment and a night of networking not to be missed! Seats are limited and will sell out; tickets will only be available in advance. Purchase before March 31, 2010 and receive a 10% discount! Ticket prices: $450 – Full Ticket, $295 – Non-profit and Academic, Please contact us regarding government rates. Leadership Celebration Dinner Guests include Richard Branson; Founder and Chairman, Virgin Group Denis Hayes Honorary Chair, Earth Day Network Organizer, Earth Day 1970 Lisa Perez Jackson Administrator, EPA.”

Executive board members of the ‘Carbon War Room’ include CEO of Virgin Unite and former CEO of Richard Branson’s Virgin Mobile (partner of original Havas tcktcktck campaign), and George Polk; currently leading a new $1 billion initiative by George Soros to invest private equity in climate change business models.

Richard Branson is ubiquitous. His corporations Virgin and Virgin Atlantic are partners in ‘The Climate Group’ (comprised of corporations and government) and he has worked with tcktcktck in the past. In 2007, HSBC announced that The Climate Group, along with WWF, Earthwatch, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, would be a partner in the HSBC Climate Partnership, and donated US$100 million to the group – the largest-ever single corporate donation. As of December 2008, The Climate Group coalition includes more than 50 of the world’s largest corporations and sub-national governments, as well as several partner organizations. The Climate Group also works on other initiatives, one being that of the ‘Voluntary Carbon Standard’, a new global standard for voluntary offset projects.

‘Sir’ Richard Branson is presently working with the New Royal Society initiative on ‘solar radiation management’ with “the right stakeholders” to “create a strategic roadmap for governance and regulation” in the geoengineering “battle area.” As well, Branson is fervently developing “tourism ventures into space”. You can book your place in space on Richards “sexiest spaceship ever” at your earliest convenience, because, according to Richard, “Everybody should have the chance to experience space travel one day”. Branson also has massive investments in biofuel research including palm and soy – both of which have had devastating consequences.

Turning food and Displacement into Corporate Profits

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Published on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 by The New Internationalist

A new realism has emerged. Climate change is no longer rejected as a bogus theory the economy can ill afford. Instead, it’s a business opportunity

by Oscar Reyes

A flower blooms under a floodlight. It is projected on to a huge
screen, behind a panel of expensively suited executives. A CNN business
correspondent struts up and down a catwalk, excitedly thanking UN
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the ubiquitous Al Gore. The scene of
this corporate love-in? The World Business Summit on Climate Change.

‘The fact that I flew here to sit on a panel for one and a half
hours, then I´m flying straight back to the US, is an example of our
commitment to environmental sustainability,’ boasts Indra Nooyi, CEO of
PepsiCo, blissfully unaware of the irony of her statement. Her fellow
industry representatives make similar claims about just how
energetically they are saving the planet.

This is the new face of the climate business.

Until recently, many of the globe’s biggest corporations were firmly
in the climate change denial camp – and funding spurious research to
back up their claims. Now a new realism has emerged. Climate change is
no longer rejected as a bogus theory the economy can ill afford.
Instead, it’s a business opportunity.

Back in the days of George W Bush, the ostrich-headed faction of US
industry held sway. Companies like ExxonMobil saw no profits in
‘climate solutions’, so opposed any climate legislation. Now, carbon
markets – the buying and selling of the right to pollute – are at the
heart of proposals for a new global deal at the UN Climate Conference
in Copenhagen this December, and the ‘progressive’ wing of big
business, backed by large US-based NGOs, argues that this market-driven
approach is the only way to secure an international emissions
reductions deal.

The problem is, critics say, that carbon markets are delaying
genuine action on climate change, and shifting attention away from the
fundamental task of rapidly phasing out fossil fuels. How did it come
to this?

The ostrich position

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Addis Ababa
By Patrick Bond

23 October 2009

The decade since the Seattle World Trade Organisation (WTO) fiasco taught civil society activists and African leaders two powerful lessons. First, working together, they have the power to disrupt a system of global governance that meets the Global North’s short-term interests against both the Global South and the longer-term interests of the world’s people and the planet.

Second, in the very act of disrupting global malgovernance, major concessions can be won.

The spectacular November 30 street protest against the WTO summit’s opening ceremony is what most of us recall about Seattle: activists ‘locking down’ to prevent entrance to the conference centre, a barrage of tear gas and pepper spray, a sea of broken windows and a municipal police force later prosecuted for violating US citizens’ most basic civil liberties.

That was outside. Inside the convention centre, negotiations belatedly got underway, and African leaders quickly grew worried that further trade liberalisation would damage their tiny industrial sectors.

The damage was well recognized – an OECD study found Africa to be the continent that would suffer the worst net losses from corporate-dominated free trade. The US trade representative, Charlene Barchefsky, repeatedly insulted African elites who raised this point.
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November 9, 2009
10:03 AM

Carol Goldberg (202) 265-7337

Agency Threatens Discipline for Off-Duty Warnings on Cap & Trade Failures

WASHINGTON – November 9 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered two of its
attorneys to remove a video they posted on YouTube about problems with
climate change legislation backed by the Obama administration or face
"disciplinary action", according to documents released today by Public
Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The couple had
received clearance for posting the video but EPA took issue with its
content following publication of an op-ed piece by the two in The
Washington Post on October 31.

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CONTACT: Center for Biological Diversity
Bill Snape, (202) 536-9351

TUCSON, Ariz. – November 6 – Capping a week in which the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee overwhelmingly passed a weak global warming bill with no Republican support, Center for Biological Diversity Executive Director Kierán Suckling issued the following statement:

“It is a sad day when the lead environmental committee in the Senate passes a bill (S. 1733) that contains pollution-reduction goals far less than scientists tell us are necessary to stem global warming and avert catastrophe. It is even more distressing that this bill contains Clean Air Act exemptions that will eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency’s longstanding duty to reduce greenhouse pollutants based on scientific standards. This is not a time to cheer. The fossil-fuel industry has received what it wants and will now seek more.

There are three fundamental problems with the Senate bill.
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