Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko Churchill | September 11, 2012

In case you are wondering where things are going

David Cameron has not given a major speech on the environment since becoming prime minister in 2010. Given Britain’s economic and fiscal plight, it is hard to blame him. After rebranding themselves as guardians of Mother Earth, the Conservative party had to scurry to re-rebrand as flinty custodians of the ruined public finances. George Osborne, the hawkish chancellor of the exchequer, gradually became the prevailing counsel in Mr Cameron’s ear. It has not eluded the chancellor’s notice that the percentage of voters who rank the environment as an important issue has fallen to low single figures. In the face of resistance from his governing partners, the Liberal Democrats, he is trying to prune the coalition’s green policies, especially those likely to impose costs on ordinary people. –Janan Ganesh, Financial Times,  8 September 2012

To the relief of many of the country’s biggest polluters, energy companies, manufacturers, industries, and assorted businesses, there has been a distinct shift in the government’s tone on green issues. Even Steve Hilton, Mr Cameron’s chief policy adviser, and the man credited with coining the phrase “vote blue, go green”, appears to have had some serious second thoughts. “There is a clear disintegration of the green consensus,” says Benny Peiser, director of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a critic of many climate policies. “We’re still at the stage of rhetoric rather than really strong rollback of policies, but it normally starts with the rhetoric before you start with policies.” –Pilita Clark and Sylvia Pfeifer, Financial Times, 4 January 2012
 
As the greenies noted Owen Paterson had been outspokenly critical of wind farms and renewable energy subsidies, and equally keen to speak up for shale gas, GM crops and badger culling, The Guardian’s George Monbiot, at his moonbattiest, decreed that his promotion was “a declaration of war on the environment”. As usual, however, the greenies missed the wider picture. The point about Paterson is that he is in fact uniquely qualified for his new post. Not only is he a countryman heavily involved in the rural scene, he is also one of the few senior politicians with experience of the real world outside the Westminster bubble. If he is sceptical, he is a pragmatic sceptic. He looks carefully at how something works in practice, and if he concludes that it doesn’t justify the fashionable claims being made by those blinded by ideology into promoting it, he does not hesitate to say so. –Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph, 9 September 2012

Ed Davey, the energy secretary, has played down the potential importance of shale gas in the UK’s energy mix in a move likely to put him at odds with coalition cabinet colleagues including Owen Paterson, the Conservative party environment secretary. –Pilita Clark, Financial Times 11 September 2012
 
Owen Paterson, the new environment secretary, has made clear he is not a fan of wind farms or expensive green energy subsidies. He’ll
surely be no slave to a global warming lobby whose orthodoxies are increasingly being challenged. –Editorial, Daily Mail, 8 September 2012

If new Environment Secretary Owen Paterson wants to end the nonsense of covering Britain with wind farms, he has new evidence to support him. Ex-Cabinet minister Peter Lilley, a trained scientist, this week published a detailed and immaculately researched demolition of the 2006 report by economist Nicholas Stern, which argued for prosperity-wrecking green taxes and other expensive alternative energy policies. You can bet a copy of the Lilley analysis is already in Mr Paterson’s in-tray. –Simon Heffer, Daily Mail, 7 September 2012

The world’s only global system of carbon trading, designed to give poor countries access to new green technologies, has “essentially collapsed”, jeopardising future flows of finance to the developing world. Billions of dollars have been raised in the past seven years through the United Nations’ system to set up greenhouse gas-cutting projects, such as windfarms and solar panels, in poor nations. But the failure of governments to provide firm guarantees to continue with the system beyond this year has raised serious concerns over whether it can survive. Joan MacNaughton, a former top UK civil servant and vice chair of the high level panel, told the Guardian: “The carbon market is profoundly weak, and the CDM has essentially collapsed. It’s extremely worrying that governments are not taking this seriously.” –Fiona Harvey, The Guardian, 10 September 2012
 
As government negotiators from the world’s poorest countries ended a round of United Nations climate change talks in the Thai capital, they sounded a grave note about what appears imminent when they assemble in November in Doha – the reading of the last rites of the Kyoto Protocol. –IPS News, 9 September 2012
 
1) Janan Ganesh: Cameron Fells Green Politics – Financial Times,  8 September 2012

2) Christopher Booker: New Environment Minister Has A Fight On His Hands – The Sunday Telegraph, 9 September 2012
 
3) UK Government Splits Over Shale Gas Potential – Financial Times 11 September 2012

4) Global carbon trading system has ‘essentially collapsed’ – The Guardian, 10 September 2012
 
5) Kyoto Protocol May End With the Year – IPS News, 9 September 2012

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In case you felt confident that we were moving along the line to having the Environmental issues become the solutions we all hope for…

I’ve got news for you.

We need new institutions to deal with the deluge of bad news and inactivity.

New Institutions like the Environmental Parliament that can’t be bought off at the local or even national level by the Special Interests and cannot be swayed by the weathervane of constant polling…

Because the Environmental Parliament achieves results by reasonable Public Policy proposals. And because in fact, what distinguishes organizations that achieve enduring greatness is teamwork and collaboration. Your teamwork as stewards and guardians of this Earth and it’s Peoples. Your volunteer work and the thousands of hours people spend rallying around these issues an getting hardened in the fight to save our civilization.
And the human species by extension…

Yet we need more collaboration. because we need your help.

Because we are faced with some kind of Singularity or a Synchronicity if you will of all factors coming together to the front. And they are not all goo…
We are faced with a kind of uncanny intersection of seemingly unrelated factors that disrupt our lives massively. And what we need now is Solutions. The Environmental Parliament has got this alone…
We’ve learned our lessons after participating in all the UN global climate congresses, summits and COP conferences. But the biggest lesson — and the one hidden in plain sight — is this: The old institutions, like the UN et al, cannot solve this problem. They were created to solve other kind of problems and they are still doing this. Yet creating an institution capable of not just solving the same old problems, was the Raison d’être of the Environmental Parliament.
This time-worn lesson, led us the decision to forgo the United Nations led DOHA rounds COP – Conference of the Parties – this year, that inevitably lead to the dissolution of the Kyoto Protocol. And even if we avoid this “Death in the Family” event, should fortune somehow smiles upon us, with an extension, we refuse to lead our People in harm’s way in the Autocratic and militant small nation of Qatar that has squashed it’s own citizens by putting down violently their own Arab Spring in a bloody rebellion.

This is also true at the very micro and the very macro level for most governments and country delegations, that will show up in DOHA Qatar this December…
For instance, we all know where the buck stops, Yet we play footsie with the facts and the reality because we are unable to accept the free voices of our citizens and allow the leaders put down undemocratically all the Occupy Movements across the globe and thus shutter people’s Free Will. All of this in order not to deal with the real problems like Climate Change and the warming planet. And that seems to be, sometimes, our entirely inadequate recipe for international prosperity and national wellbeing and economic growth. A truly undemocratic policy — one destined to doom the middle class to even more striking levels of hardship and penury – that will surely lead to complete bankruptcy everywhere same like in the 1929 economic crash resultant from the Climate and Soil Desertification event known as the Dustbowl effect in America.

Things are interrelated. We live in a networked world and am not speaking of the Internet or telecommunications here. We need to be solving these new problems.

So I’d suggest perhaps the greatest challenge for tomorrow’s would-be problem-solvers, visionaries, pioneers, radical policy mavens, or plain renegades and revolutionaries is this: Help build an institution that doesn’t suck. Forget the UN and all others that keep on solving the same old problems endlessly to satisfy and explain their continued existence. They are like an endless committee meeting of the zombies. Blood sucking zombies stuck in an endless meeting, that think they live forever and yet turn to dust… when you so much as look at them in the light of day. That’s the promise of the UN meeting round of DOHA climate talks this December…

The contrast couldn’t be starker with the Environmental Parliament. SO we will organize our own Active Campaign in London this December to counterbalance this travesty of the UN.
Because for us the EP is the future. Not only because we can scale efficiently to meet the challenge and have an order of magnitude response for this giant problem. But because over and over again, we’ve met like a human organization in a small circle gathering. An intimate gathering of wise people, earth guardians, and rainbow warriors, led not by institutions that are not capable of taking a hard look at the huge unsolved problem of Climate Change and the warming planet, but distributed in a chaordic organizational style with self replicating cells mimicking nature and comprising a global super organism.

To get there, we made mistakes. We all did. All of us did. We all thought meeting together once a year will sort this out and we flew all over and many many times around the globe – causing more pollution – not being able to think or see the Big Picture. Yet we met and kept on meeting in site meetings and we persisted in our quest for solving the ultimate big problem of climate change. We tried… Enough. Yet we are intelligent enough to recognize that in this method we’ve failed. Yes. We simply failed – this far. You can’t keep trying to solve the same problem with the mindset that created in the first instace. But we learned loads and then we had to accept the difficult, often painful, yet always fulfilling, work of attempting to solve the problem all over again. Yet we couldn’t agree on SOLUTIONS.

So now we changed the mindset to get us to agree and solve this…
You know how our political parties are “debating” pretty much everything. Debating exactly the same way what they were debating in 1980? That’s the UN which very much like all other global institutions is stuck. Stuck on the same old rut. So we decided that we have to abandon it and move boldly into the Future… with a new institution to lead us. The Environmental Parliament.

Contrast the UN process of constant COP meetings of the last twenty two years, with the EP that is looking unflinchingly into the unresolved, hazy future – our future – and resolutely pioneering it.

We are Piooneers.

That’s who we are.

Care to join us?


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