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Israel Is A Threat To World Peace

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Its NOT just Israel that is a threat to world peace-

it is the International Jewish Rothschild Banking Empire (headquartered in the CITY of London, UK) that is at the heart of all threats to world peace. The empire is, in fact, the pinnacle source of all evil on Earth today.

The International Jewish Rothschild Banking Cartel sponsors wars of aggression worldwide (through the US military, primarily)- which they own, with the intent to control the global geopolitical chessboard and to advance a pro-death global eugenics agenda to exterminate the “goyim” (non-jew)
into oblivion.

The recent “failure” of the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil at the end of June 2012, reveals that the International Rothschild Empire has NO interest in a global carbon emissions treaty or an international sustainable development agreement, since BOTH of these arrangements would threaten their pro-death depopulation eugenics policies to bring down world population numbers to “manageable’ levels.

The agenda is DEATH and DESTRUCTION for the international jew, plain and simple. The little terrorist/bastard nation of Israel is sure to play a pivotal scriptural role in the end time unveiling of the BEAST system taking the reigns of planned world JEW government power, ruled over by a coming “christ” figure (the anti-christ).

If Israel and the international jew represent DEATH, then all who oppose their world must, by default, stand for LIFE.

Let us therefore ALL stand with the force of LIFE, or the light side of the “force”… for this is a WAR for the future of all Life on Earth.

-Jedi Command

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Bill McKibben of 350.org on Colorado Wildfires, Debby, Keystone XL and the Failure of Rio+20

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Full Show

Bill McKibben of 350.org on Colorado Wildfires, Debby, Keystone XL and the Failure of Rio+20

 

With extreme weather fueling wildfires in Colorado and record rainfall in Florida, the Obama administration has moved closer to approving construction of the southern section of the Keystone XL pipeline. We’re joined by environmentalist, educator and author Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org. “Today is one of those days when you understand what the early parts of the global warming era are going to look like,” McKibben says. “For the first time in history, we managed to get the fourth tropical storm of the year before July. … These are the most destructive fires in Colorado history, and they come after the warmest weather ever recorded there. … This is what it looks like as the planet begins — and I underline ‘begins’ — to warm. Nothing that happened [at the United Nations Rio+20 summit] will even begin to slow down that trajectory.” [includes rush transcript]

Guest:

Bill McKibben, founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org. An environmentalist, educator and author, his latest book is Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.

Rush Transcript

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Transcript

AMY GOODMAN: And we end today’s show looking at corporate money in the environment, as Florida is lashed by drenching rains and the worst wildfires in Colorado’s history continue to rage. We’re joined by Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, author of the book Eaarth. He’s just back from the Rio+20 summit in Brazil, where oil and gas giants successfully lobbied to continue subsidies for their multi-billion-dollar business. Meanwhile, here in the U.S., the Obama administration has granted permission for part of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil to refineries in the Gulf Coast.

Bill, from Rio to the XL to the wildfires of Colorado, hold forth.

BILL McKIBBEN: Well, look, today is one of those days when you understand what the early parts of the global warming era are going to look like. We’ve got the first—for the first time in history, we managed to get the fourth tropical storm of the year before July. Debby is dropping absolutely record amounts of rain across much of Florida. The total may top two feet. Meanwhile, in Colorado, they’ve evacuated not only parts of the Air Force Academy, they just evacuated—and this is truly ironic—the headquarters of the National Center for Atmospheric Research outside Boulder, or at least part of it, because that’s the place where the most important climate science in the world is going on. These are the most destructive fires in Colorado history, and they come after the warmest weather ever recorded there. You could do the same exercise all over the planet today. This is what it looks like as the planet begins — and I underline “begins” — to warm.

And nothing that happened in Rio will even begin to slow down that trajectory. Rio was a failure. Young people did the only thing of interest there almost: they walked out of the conference, turned in their credentials with a day to go. I was proud to go with them, because, clearly, the thing had turned into a sham. The best proof of that probably, as you say, is the fact that even—even this most obvious of measures—ending the subsidies, the almost trillion dollars a year that the world pays to the fossil fuel industry—even that wasn’t really on the table. We had a Twitter storm a week ago today all over the world. The number one trending topic on Twitter wasn’t, you know, Justin Bieber’s birthday or something like that, it was “end fossil fuel subsidies,” people around the planet beginning to get really exercised. And yet, the Rio conference ended without any agreement on whether that might happen or when or how.

Look, Amy, the absolute command of the fossil fuel industry over most of our political system is really evident. It’s really evident when the president, who, under great pressure and with some courage blocked the northern part of the Keystone pipeline, yesterday with great fanfare said that he was approving the second southern half, the part that’s in the U.S. Now, this doesn’t connect up to the tar sands, so it probably isn’t the same blow in terms of climate change, but it’s sure a blow to people across Texas where that pipeline is going. If you go TarSandsBlockade.org, you’ll see how we’re going to try and fight back. There are brave people down there putting their bodies on the line, or soon will be, up against that tide of fossil fuel money. But this is going to be an awfully hard fight, ’til we build the movement strong enough to really, really counterbalance that weight of fossil fuel money.

AMY GOODMAN: Bill, you say it doesn’t hook up to tar sands, but isn’t that the eventual goal? This is just the southern leg.

BILL McKIBBEN: That’s definitely the eventual goal. That’s what the—that’s what all—that’s what the Koch brothers and every other tar sands billionaire wants to do. For the moment, that’s still under review, and the president has promised that it will finally get a serious review. We don’t know how serious. The State Department has put out their initial guidelines for their next review last week, and they didn’t even mention climate change. One’s beginning to wonder whether the State Department isn’t really a very weak link in any effort to deal with climate change. Secretary of State Clinton has unfortunately failed not only at Rio, but at Copenhagen, in terms of climate change diplomacy. And since it’s the State Department that will review this pipeline crossing over from Canada, it will probably be our best chance to figure out whether they take global warming seriously at all. They should. It’s clearly the great national security, diplomacy issue of the time ahead. We’ll find out.

And we’ll keep fighting, not only on Keystone, but on these fossil fuel subsidies. At 350.org, we’ve got this remarkable electronic scoreboard that just went up that allows people all over the country to nail down their senators and congressmen on whether they think we should keep giving money every year to the fossil fuel industry. Senator Sanders, my senator here in Vermont, has introduced a bill along with Keith Ellison of Minnesota that would strip $113 billion in fossil fuel subsidies over the next decade. Even if—even if these guys weren’t destroying the planet with this money, it’s obnoxious that we’re giving the richest industry on earth an endless taxpayer-funded gift, especially since there’s nothing left to subsidize. For better and for worse, we’ve known how to burn coal and oil for a couple of hundred years. There’s no point in underwriting it; we know how to do it.

AMY GOODMAN: Bill McKibben, I want to ask you about our top headline today. A federal appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to use the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon emissions from the country’s largest polluters. Also, the three-judge panel upheld the Obama administration’s inaugural car and fuel economy standards, which aim to cut new car pollution in half and double fuel efficiency by 2025. Your response? We only have about 30 seconds.

BILL McKIBBEN: Those things are promising. Let’s hope the Supreme Court doesn’t get in the way. No wagers on that. But these are very long-term steps. The key steps right now are to keep that oil and coal in the ground, not to open the Arctic to drilling, not to build new coal ports on the West Coast, not to hook up that pipeline to the tar sands.

AMY GOODMAN: Now, of course, in an election year, a lot of people hear you say “not, not, not,” and they’re concerned that this means that we will not have jobs.

BILL McKIBBEN: Well, the good news is that we’re really figuring out how to do green technology. If you want a—if you want a real success story, last month, Germany—northern latitude country—managed one day to generate more than half the electricity it consumed from solar panels within its borders. There’s no longer a technical problem to the job-rich transition to green energy. The problem is political, and it’s tied up in the money that you’ve been talking about [inaudible]—

AMY GOODMAN: Bill McKibben, we’re going to leave it there. I thank you for being with us, founder of 350.org. His latest book is called Eaarth. That does it for the show. Be sure to tune in after our show Thursday morning, 10:00 Eastern time, for live coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision on healthcare.

 

 

 

Rio+20 Earth Summit 2012 Ends in Failure

Published on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by CorpWatch

Rio+20 Ends in Failure, Corporate Capture

The United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil concluded this past weekend with no new government pledges. On the other hand, multinationals scored a public relations victory by claiming that they will implement $50 billion of sustainable changes to help save the environment, under an initiative led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

The conference was supposed to take advantage of the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro to commit to further efforts to save the global environment.

But the final inter-governmental declaration of the 2012 conference was widely panned. “The text was so anodyne there was nothing in it which could be disagreed. So the talks fell, in tumult, to a lifeless ocean,” writes Fiona Harvey at the Guardian.

“We’ve sunk so low in our expectations that reaffirming what we did 20 years ago is now considered a success,” said Martin Khor, executive director of the Geneva-based South Centre and a member of the UN Committee on Development Policy.

They came, they talked, but they failed to act. Paralysed by inertia and in hock to vested interests, too many leaders were unable to join up the dots and solve the connected crisis of environment, equality and economy,” wrote Wisdom Mdzungari in of Zimbabwe.

Not so multinationals. Chad Holliday, chairman of the Bank of America and former president of DuPont, who co-chaired the the UN led Sustainable Energy For All initiative, was quoted in New Scientist saying: “Companies are here because they see opportunities.”

“Microsoft has committed to going carbon neutral and will be rolling out an internal carbon fee that will apply to Microsoft’s business operations in over 100 countries. Italian energy company Eni has earmarked approximately $5 billion to achieve its gas flaring and carbon intensity reduction goals; and, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has committed approximately $5 billion to commercialize affordable zero-emission vehicles,” boast the United Nations in an official statement.

“Bank of America has set a ten year $50 billion environmental business goal. the World Bank Group has committed to doubling the leverage of its energy portfolio by mobilizing private, donor and public contributions to World Bank-supported projects.”

Twenty years ago, at the original 1992 Earth Summit, similar pledges were made by the World Bank and a number of multinationals, yet today emissions of greenhouse gases in a number of countries exceeded worst case estimates.

For example at the Earth Summit in 1992, 170 nations agreed to voluntary reductions of greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels. At the Kyoto protocol meeting in 1997 countries agreed to cut emissions by an average of 5 percent by 2012.

However, in April 2012, the U.S. announced that its greenhouse gas emissions were 10.5 percent above 1990 levels. Canada was over by 17 percent and Spain by 30 percent. Not all did that badly – Germany cut emissions by 25 percent.

The new Sustainable Energy For All pledges represent just a drop in the bucket, say activists. Daniel Mittler, political director of Greenpeace noted: “The epic failure of Rio+20 was a reminder [that] short-term corporate profit rules over the interests of people…They spend $1 trillion a year on subsidies for fossil fuels and then tell us they don’t have any money to give to sustainable development,” he told the Guardian.

Some activists say that the initiative is just “greenwash” and that the Sustainable Energy For All initiative proves that the UN has sold out to corporate interests. “Governmental positions have been hijacked by corporate interests linked to polluting industries,” said Nnimmo Bassey, chairman of Friends of the Earth International.

The Road to Rio+20 Earth Summit 2012: Rebuild the Dream

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The Road to Rio+20: Rebuild the Dream

occupythedreampanelLeaders have spoken, the world has participated on-site and online, and with #RioPlusSocial and #Rioplus20 trending, today marks the final day of the Rio+20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In celebration of the Rio+20 United Nations Earth Summit, Green Festival teamed up with Fund Balance and HuffPost GREEN to launch live global coverage of the first NYC Green Festival. Enjoy re-releases of memorable keynotes from our inaugural NYC Green Festival, held on Earth Day weekend at Javits Center North.

Today we feature award-winning social entrepreneur, NY Times best selling author, former White House green jobs advisor and globally renowned leader in environmental and social justice, Van Jones. Jones is the author of two best selling books, The Green Collar Economy and most recently, Rebuild the Dream. He is the founder of three leading nonprofits: Green For All, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Rebuild the Dream. Jones speaks of an inspired nation, fighting to take back our future in a time where jobs are sparse, homes are being lost and politicians are not living up to the service of their people in need. Jones inspires us to demand the accountability that we need, from our elected officials and global leaders, to rebuild the dream of a prosperous future, embracing green jobs as the means to get America and beyond back to work.

Throughout Earth Day weekend, Green Festival went live online at the U-Stream Channel, Green Festivals: The Road to Rio and Beyond, streaming all Main Stage speakers and taking the green and sustainable conversation beyond the walls of the festival, connecting with Rio+20 communities, and promoting a continuing global conversation about the future we face.

Rio+20 – the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – is currently taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 20-22, 2012. This conference, composed of global leaders, heads of state and government representatives will focus on two themes:

    a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication
    institutional framework for sustainable development.

(Source: http://www.uncsd2012.org)

Opening the Rio+20 Conference is the winner of the “Date With History” youth video speech contest, organized by the global TckTckTck campaign and sponsored by NRDC, UN Foundation, Climate Nexus and Rockefeller Foundation.

Winner Brittany Trilford, a student from Wellington, New Zealand, addressed over 130 heads of state and deputy heads of state at the Rio+20 summit. See her incredible speech below.

To keep up with the Rio+20 plenary meetings online, visit webtv.un.org. Also, join the conversation by following the hashtags #rioplus20 and #rioplussocial on Twitter.

Rio+20 Earth Summit 2012: Earth Observation for Us and Our Planet

Rio+20 Summit: Earth Observation for Us and Our Planet

Signs of land degradation can be seen around settlements in central Sudan in this satellite image. The round, brighter beige shapes indicate areas where vegetation has been largely or completely stripped due to intensive land use. As a consequence of this land use and soil erosion, agricultural fields had to be moved farther away from the villages. These fields are visible as white, yellow and brown spots towards the edges of the image. (Credit: GLCF/DLR)

ScienceDaily (June 23, 2012) — The Rio+20 summit on promoting jobs, clean energy and a more sustainable use of our planet’s resources closed June 22 after three days of talks. During the summit, the role of Earth observation in sustainable development was highlighted.

In 1992, a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection was adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Now, 20 years later, the Rio+20 Summit brought participants from governments, the private sector, non-govermental organisations and other stakeholders once again to Brazil to evaluate the progress being made.

During a side event organised by ESA, the significance of observing Earth from space came into focus, in particular how it improves the assessment and the monitoring of essential climate change, biodiversity and land degradation variables.

Earth-observing satellites allow for efficient, reliable and affordable monitoring of our planet from global to local scales. In many cases, it is the only way to obtain trend information on essential environmental variables.

The large volume of data acquired from over 30 years of satellite observations gives scientists a unique and detailed view of the changing physical characteristics of the Earth surface, sampled at a rate impossible to obtain with only in-situ observations.

The strong contributions that space observations can bring to environmental monitoring have now been recognised by the Rio Convention bodies: the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

ESA began collaborations with these Rio Conventions 10 years ago.

For example, satellite data at national and local scales help the implementation of UNFCCC protocols and assist the Contracting Parties in their reporting duties.

The CBD develops national strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. Earth-observing satellites are seen as promising instruments for the systematic observations of essential biodiversity variables such as ecosystems status and trends.

The UNCCD is the centrepiece in the international community’s efforts to combat desertification and land degradation in drylands. The Convention is currently developing a monitoring and assessment process of the world’s drylands, where satellite observations will play a key role.

During the side event, representatives from all three Conventions reiterated that the collection of Earth observation data needs to be sustained.

ESA plans to continue to provide operational data delivery to these Conventions as well as for many other applications with the upcoming Sentinel family of satellites being developed under Europe’s Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme.

At the conclusion of the summit, the Rio+20 Declaration stressed the need for the continuation of a regular review of the state of Earth’s changing environment, as well as access to reliable, relevant and timely data in areas related to sustainable development.

It also recognised the relevance of global mapping and recognise the efforts in developing global environmental observing systems.

Rio+20 saw additional side events on Earth observation organised by the Group on Earth Observations, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs.

Rio+20 Earth Summit 2012: Agreement Reached, Now the Work Begins

RIO de JANEIRO, Brazil, June 22, 2012 (ENS) – Practical actions agreed by government leaders in the Rio+20 final declaration will begin “immediately,” Brazil’s Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said today. “We have methods and deadlines to be met until we complete the process that will be consolidated in 2014 or 2015,” she said as the United Nations summit on sustainable development concluded in Rio de Janeiro.

Heads of state and high-level officials of more than 190 nations today approved the Rio+20 outcome document, entitled “The Future we Want,” after more than two years of intensive negotiations.

Rio+20 officials applaud the agreement. From left: UNCSD Secretary-General Sha Zukang, Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira, Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota (Photo courtesy Earth Negotiations Bulletin)

The agreement will lead to creation of a High Level Forum to act as a watchdog for sustainable development commitments, a plan to review patterns of consumption and production, and a strategy to define Sustainable Development Goals.

There is a new strategic status for protection of oceans, and there will be efforts to outline a new inclusive metric to measure the wealth of countries beyond Gross Domestic Product that incorporates the three pillars of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.

The agreement green lights a Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. Nations agreed that such a transition could be “an important tool” when supported by policies that encourage decent employment, social welfare and inclusion, and the maintenance of the Earth’s ecosystems from forests to freshwaters.

The crucial role of biodiversity in ensuring sustainable development is recognized in the outcome document, which calls for greater efforts to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity. Words of support for protection of oceans and forests as well as dry and sub humid lands that support biodiversity are included in the agreement.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at Rio+20, June 20, 2012 (Photo by Maria Elisa Franco courtesy UN)

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said that in a multilateral world and at a moment when is difficult to get consensus, it is important that Rio +20 has been able to produce a single document.

“This document is a starting point, non-arrival. It does not mean that countries cannot have their own policy. It is a document on the environment, sustainable development, biodiversity, poverty eradication. You must have a starting point. What we require is that, thereafter, the nations move forward,” she said.

President Rousseff did not comment on the statements of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said the document could be more ambitious and that Brazil would have to be accountable.

Rousseff said, “All countries involved must be held accountable. Nobody has to point fingers at each other.”

“I’m very grateful and encouraged by world leaders for their strong political commitments to agree to a solid outcome document which puts all of us towards a greater sustainable path,” Secretary-General Ban said in an interview.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today called the outcome document “a real advance for sustainable development.”

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Rio+20 (Photo courtesy Government of Brazil)
U.S. negotiator Jonathan Pershing, center, consulting with delegates from the G-77/China and the European Union on means of implementation for sustainable development, June 18, 2012 (Photo courtesy ENB)

As head of the U.S. delegation to Rio+20, Clinton said, “Let’s be honest. We know what is possible. We know what we could do. But we also know that future is not guaranteed, because the resources that we all depend upon – fresh water, thriving oceans, arable land, a stable climate – are under increasing pressure. And that is why, in the 21st century, the only viable development is sustainable development. The only way to deliver lasting progress for everyone is by preserving our resources and protecting our common environment.”

Today, Clinton helped launch a partnership between the United States and African nations that will use $20 million in U.S. Government funding that she said would “unlock hundreds of millions of dollars in private financing for clean energy projects in Africa” as part of the U.S. contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

Minister Teixeira challenged each government to do more than what was agreed at Rio+20. “It is easy to say that the document is unambitious, but no one sat down at the table to commit additional funding. What I saw were the developing countries making sustainability commitments and no rich country adding resources to this process,” she said.

Rio+20 Secretary-General Sha Zukang of China said that, even under the fire of criticism from some government leaders and many civil society groups, the final document “consolidates points agreed among nations.”

Sha emphasized the importance of contributions made by civil society. As of early afternoon of Friday, 692 voluntary commitments were made by nongovernmental organizations, companies, financial institutions and development agencies. The promises of actions and targets aimed at sustainable development total US$513 billion, according to balance sheet presented by the United Nations.

Rio+20 officials, from left: Executive Secretary, Brazil National Commission for Rio+20, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado; Rio+20 Secretary General Sha Zukang; Nikhil Seth, director, UN Division for Sustainable Development (Photo courtesy Government of Brazil)

Of the funds committed, $323 billion will be devoted to achieving universal access to sustainable energy by 2030.

Pledges include planting 100 million trees, empowering 5,000 women entrepreneurs in green economy businesses in Africa, and recycling 800,000 tons of the plastic polyvinyl chloride, PVC, per year.

“The work starts now,” said Sha. “Promising is easy. But keep commitments to sustainability requires effort.”

Referring to pledges made at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009, Sha said, “You know the commitments made in Copenhagen? Who fulfilled? Nobody was forced to commit to those goals. Everything was made voluntarily. But no one is doing.”

Sha said, “What differentiates commitment from a simple promise is the intention of responsibility.”

Achim Steiner, who heads the UN Environment Programme, UNEP, recognized the frustration of civil society groups that walked out of the official Rio+20 meeting hall on Thursday and demonstrated in the streets of Rio all this week, seeking greater human rights and environmental protection.

“The outcome of Rio+20 will disappoint and frustrate many given the science, the day-to-day reality of often simply surviving as individuals and as families, the analysis of where development is currently heading for seven billion people and the inordinate opportunity for a different trajectory,” Steiner said today.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner at Rio+20 (Photo by UN Women)

“However if nations, companies, cities and communities can move forward on the positive elements of the Summit’s outcome it may assist in one day realizing the Future We Want,” he said.

After four decades of discussion , governments decided to upgrade UNEP in key areas such as universal membership and improved financial resources.

“This is welcome as one important way for improving the authority, the influence and the impact of the world’s ministry responsible for the environment in terms of moving development onto a more sustainable track,” said Steiner.

Meanwhile in Rio, the World Congress on Justice, Governance, and Law for Environmental Sustainability, hosted by the Brazilian Supreme Court and UNEP, committed to use international and national laws to advance sustainability, human and environmental rights and the implementation of environmental treaties.

At the Congress, some 200 chief justices, senior judges, attorney-generals, chief prosecutors, auditor-generals and senior auditors called on governments to back an Institutional Framework for the Advancement of Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability in the 21st Century.

Today, Brazil and the UN Development Programme launched a global center for sustainable development that will have its headquarters in Rio.

Minister Teixeira and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark opened the Global Center for Sustainable Development, called the Rio+ Center, during a ceremony in Rio.

The Rio+ Center will facilitate research and serve as a knowledge base to stimulate the global debate on sustainable development.

“The legacy of sustainable development requires a new way to act and that everyone unites around a vision coming from society and science,” said Teixeira. “We want the Rio+ Center to coordinate ideas and provide the way forward for the issues raised by civil society during the Sustainable Development Dialogues.”

“Rio+20 has been a great success,” said Sha. “It had a huge participation, but participation without success means nothing, but we succeeded in concluding negotiations and agreeing to establish not only sustainable development goals but also a high-level forum to monitor the implementation of all commitments.”

World’s Government’s Have Given Up on Saving the Planet

Published on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 by The Guardian/UK

What We Know After Rio: Governments Have Given Up on the Planet

It is, perhaps, the greatest failure of collective leadership since the first world war. The Earth’s living systems are collapsing, and the leaders of some of the most powerful nations – the United States, the UK, Germany, Russia – could not even be bothered to turn up and discuss it. Those who did attend the Earth summit in Rio last week solemnly agreed to keep stoking the destructive fires: sixteen times in their text they pledged to pursue “sustained growth“, the primary cause of the biosphere’s losses.

The efforts of governments are concentrated not on defending the living Earth from destruction, but on defending the machine that is destroying it. Whenever consumer capitalism becomes snarled up by its own contradictions, governments scramble to mend the machine, to ensure – though it consumes the conditions that sustain our lives – that it runs faster than ever before.

The thought that it might be the wrong machine, pursuing the wrong task, cannot even be voiced in mainstream politics. The machine greatly enriches the economic elite, while insulating the political elite from the mass movements it might otherwise confront. We have our bread; now we are wandering, in spellbound reverie, among the circuses.

We have used our unprecedented freedoms – secured at such cost by our forebears – not to agitate for justice, for redistribution, for the defence of our common interests, but to pursue the dopamine hits triggered by the purchase of products we do not need. The world’s most inventive minds are deployed not to improve the lot of humankind but to devise ever more effective means of stimulation, to counteract the diminishing satisfactions of consumption. The mutual dependencies of consumer capitalism ensure that we all unwittingly conspire in the trashing of what may be the only living planet. The failure at Rio de Janeiro belongs to us all.

It marks, more or less, the end of the multilateral effort to protect the biosphere. The only successful global instrument – the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer – was agreed and implemented years before the first Earth Summit in 1992. It was one of the last fruits of a different political era, in which intervention in the market for the sake of the greater good was not considered anathema, even by the Thatcher and Reagan governments. Everything of value discussed since then has led to weak, unenforceable agreements, or to no agreements at all.

Was it too much to have asked of the world’s governments, which performed such miracles in developing stealth bombers and drone warfare, global markets and trillion-dollar bailouts, that they might spend a tenth of the energy and resources they devoted to these projects on defending our living planet?

This is not to suggest that the global system and its increasingly pointless annual meetings will disappear, or even change. The governments which allowed the Earth Summit and all such meetings to fail evince no sense of responsibility for this outcome, and appear untroubled by the thought that if a system hasn’t worked for 20 years, there’s something wrong with the system. They walk away, aware that there are no political penalties; that the media is as absorbed with consumerist trivia as the rest of us; that, when future generations have to struggle with the mess they have left behind, their contribution will have been forgotten. (And then they lecture the rest of us on responsibility.)

Nor is it to suggest that multilateralism should be abandoned. Agreements on biodiversity, the oceans and the trade in endangered species may achieve some marginal mitigation of the full-spectrum assault on the biosphere that the consumption machine has unleashed. But that’s about it.

The action – if action there is – will mostly be elsewhere. Those governments which retain an interest in planet Earth will have to work alone, or in agreement with like-minded nations. There will be no means of restraining free riders, no means of persuading voters that their actions will be matched by those of other countries.

That we have missed the chance of preventing two degrees of global warming now seems obvious. That most of the other planetary boundaries will be crossed, equally so. So what do we do now?

Some people will respond by giving up, or at least withdrawing from political action. Why, they will ask, should we bother, if the inevitable destination is the loss of so much of what we hold dear: the forests, the brooks, the wetlands, the coral reefs, the sea ice, the glaciers, the birdsong and the night chorus, the soft and steady climate which has treated us kindly for so long? It seems to me that there are at least three reasons.

The first is to draw out the losses over as long a period as possible, in order to allow our children and grandchildren to experience something of the wonder and delight in the natural world and of the peaceful, unharried lives with which we have been blessed. Is that not a worthy aim, even if there were no other?

The second is to preserve what we can in the hope that conditions might change. I do not believe that the planet-eating machine, maintained by an army of mechanics, oiled by constant injections of public money, will collapse before the living systems on which it feeds. But I might be wrong. Would it not be a terrible waste to allow the tiger, the rhinoceros, the bluefin tuna, the queen’s executioner beetle and the scabious cuckoo bee, the hotlips fungus and the fountain anenome to disappear without a fight if this period of intense exploitation turns out to be a brief one?

The third is that, while we may have no influence over decisions made elsewhere, there is plenty that can be done within our own borders. Rewilding – the mass restoration of ecosystems – offers the best hope we have of creating refuges for the natural world, which is why I’ve decided to spend much of the next few years promoting it here and abroad.

Giving up on global agreements or, more accurately, on the prospect that they will substantially alter our relationship with the natural world, is almost a relief. It means walking away from decades of anger and frustration. It means turning away from a place in which we have no agency to one in which we have, at least, a chance of being heard. But it also invokes a great sadness, as it means giving up on so much else.

Was it too much to have asked of the world’s governments, which performed such miracles in developing stealth bombers and drone warfare, global markets and trillion-dollar bailouts, that they might spend a tenth of the energy and resources they devoted to these projects on defending our living planet? It seems, sadly, that it was.

George Monbiot

George Monbiot is the author of the best selling books The Age of Consent: a manifesto for a new world order and Captive State: the corporate takeover of Britain. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian newspaper. Visit his website at www.monbiot.com

Rio+20 Earth Summit 2012: Vengeance Too Long Delayed

Published on Sunday, June 24, 2012 by Common Dreams

Rio+20: Vengeance Too Long Delayed

There was no law against genocide in the early 1940s; it only became an internationally recognized crime after the worst genocide of modern history had actually happened. Similarly, there is no law against “ecocide” now. That will only come to pass when the damage to the environment has become so extreme that large numbers of people are dying from it even in rich and powerful countries.

They are already dying from the effects of environmental destruction in some poor countries, but that makes no difference because they are powerless. By the time it starts to hurt large numbers of people in powerful countries, twenty or thirty years from now, most of the politicians who conspired to smother any substantial progress at the Rio+20 Earth Summit will be safely beyond the reach of any law. But eventually there will be a law.

Rio+20, which ended last Friday, was advertised as a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to build on the achievements of the original Earth Summit, held in the same city twenty years ago. That extraordinary event produced a legally binding treaty on biodiversity, an agreement on combating climate change that led to the Kyoto accord, the first initiative for protecting the world’s remaining forests, and much more besides.

This time, few leaders of the major powers even bothered to attend. They would have come only to sign a summit statement, “The Future We Want”, that had already been nibbled to death by special interests, national and corporate. “(The) final document… contributes almost nothing to our struggle to survive as a species,” said Nicaraguan representative Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann. “We now face a future of increasing natural disasters.”

A plan to stop the destruction of the world’s oceans was blocked by the US, Canada and Russia. The final text simply says that countries should do more to prevent over-fishing and ocean acidification, without specifying what. A call to end subsidies for fossil fuels was removed from the final text, as was language emphasizing the reproductive rights of women. And of course there were no new commitments on fighting climate change.

The 49-page final declaration of Rio+20 contained the verb “reaffirm” 59 times. In effect, some 50,000 people from 192 countries traveled to Rio de Janeiro to “reaffirm” what was agreed there twenty years ago. The fact that the document was not even less ambitious than the 1992 final text was trumpeted as a success.

Rarely has such a large elephant labored so long to give birth to such a small mouse. The declared goal of the conference, which was to reconcile economic development and environmental protection by giving priority to the goal of a “green” (i.e. sustainable) economy, simply vanished in a cloud of vague generalities.

The final text does say that “fundamental changes in the way societies consume and produce are indispensable for achieving global sustainable development,” but it does NOT say what those fundamental changes should be. A “green economy” becomes only one of many possible ways forward. You wonder why they even bothered.

“This is an outcome that makes nobody happy. My job was to make everyone equally unhappy,” said Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the conference, but that is not strictly true. Governments seeking to avoid commitments are happier than activists who wanted some positive results from the conference, and the hundreds of large corporations that were represented at Rio are happiest of all.

How did it end up like this? Global greenhouse gas emissions have grown by 48 percent in the past 20 years, we have lost another 3 million square kilometers (1.15 million sq. mi.) of forest, , and the world’s population has grown by 1.6 billion – yet there is less sense of urgency than there was in 1992. You can’t just blame the economy: Rio+20 would probably have ended just as badly if there had been no financial crash in 2008.

Twenty years ago the issues of climate change, biodiversity, preservation of oceans and forests, and sustainable development were relatively fresh challenges. Moreover, the world had just emerged from a long Cold War, and there was plenty of energy and hope around. Now everybody understands how tough the challenges are, and how far apart are the interests of the rich and the poor countries.

We now have a 20-year history of defeats on this agenda, and there is a lot of defeatism around. Politicians are always reluctant to be linked to lost causes, and the struggles against poverty and environmental destruction now seem to fall into that category. Thus we sleepwalk towards terrible disasters – but that doesn’t absolve our leaders of responsibility. We didn’t hire them to follow; we hired them to lead.

At the recent World Congress on Justice, Law and Governance for Environmental Sustainability, one of the events leading up to the Rio+20 conference, a group of “radical” lawyers proposed that “ecocide” should be made a crime. They were only radical in the sense that a group of lawyers agitating for a law against genocide would have been seen as radical in 1935.

One day, after many great tragedies have occurred, there will be a law against ecocide. But almost all the real culprits will be gone by then.

Gwynne Dyer

Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as an historian. Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities. His latest book, “Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats“, was published in the United States by Oneworld.

Global Climate Change: Waiting for a Catastrophic Wake-Up Call

Published on Monday, June 25, 2012 by Inter Press Service

Climate Change: Waiting for a Catastrophic Wake-Up Call

by Mario Osava

RIO DE JANEIRO – Disasters are the new midwives of history. But in order to play this role, they need to be catastrophic, like the accidents in Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima in 2011 that led governments to suspend and even abolish their nuclear energy programs.

4.24 エネルギーシフトパレードin渋谷/Energy Shift Parade in ShibuyaThe Fukushima accident, because of its enormity, succeeded in burying a number of nuclear projects, at least temporarily. Yet nuclear energy had already lost a great deal of support after Chernobyl, and it was in fact the fears around fossil fuels and climate change that were largely responsible for renewed support in more recent years. (photo: SandoCap)

To spur real action on climate change, a disaster would have to be serious enough to change people’s minds, but not so great as to be uncontrollable, according to Martin Lees, Rector Emeritus of the United Nations University for Peace,

“Urgent and deep cuts” in greenhouse gas emissions are needed to curb global warming and its impacts, stresses the statement “Action to Face the Urgent Realities of Climate Change”, presented at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) by the Climate Change Task Force (CCTF).

The CCTF was convened in 2009 by former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev (1985-1991) and is made up by 20 former world leaders, climate scientists and experts, including Lees.

Emissions are currently rising at a rate above the worst case scenario foreseen by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which projected an “intolerable” increase in global average temperature of over six degrees by 2100.

However, IPCC scientists are probably “underestimating the pace and intensity of climate change” due to caution and the complexities of peer review, warns the CCTF statement.

Despite these warnings, the issue of climate change was barely addressed at Rio+20, which ended Friday Jun. 22 in Rio de Janeiro 20 years after the Earth Summit hosted by the same city. The outcomes of the 1992 summit included international conventions on climate change, biodiversity and desertification.

Difficulties in reaching agreements and the failure of negotiations at the meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2009 in Copenhagen and 2010 in Cancún have led government leaders to avoid the issue of the climate and the polarisation around it, Lees told Tierramérica.

The most frequently cited justification for this avoidance is the global economic and financial crisis, which has mainly affected the countries of Europe, but it is “an extremely dangerous error to think that we must deal with the economy first, and the climate later,” says the CCTF, whose only Latin American member is former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos (2000-2006).

While economic-financial crises are cyclical and have been surmounted many times in the past, the climate crisis threatens irreversible and uncontrollable change, argue the authors.

The urgency of deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions is accentuated by the fact that the goal of limiting the increase in global average temperature to two degrees will not necessarily keep the planet safe.

As the CCTF statement points out, the consequences of an initial rise of only 0.8 degrees since pre-industrial times have already been “alarming”.

Moreover, a global average rise of two degrees implies that some critical regions of the world will experience a rise of four degrees, it adds.

Even more troubling is the risk that certain systems are reaching a “tipping point” at which feedback processes would be triggered, causing sudden massive change.

The melting of Arctic sea ice means that more energy is absorbed by the ocean, since there is less ice to reflect solar radiation. As a result, the sea temperature rises even more, which in turn even further reduces the area of ice, the statement notes.

As forests are destroyed and degraded, they absorb less carbon and instead release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The local temperature then rises and they degrade even further.

Increased carbon dioxide emissions have also led to a 30 percent increase in ocean acidity in the last 200 years. This acidification reduces the ocean’s capacity to absorb carbon, and so more carbon is retained in the atmosphere, contributing to greater acidification as well as climate change.

The seriousness of global warming is almost universally recognised, but internationally agreed action is still lacking. This is what has spurred the call to action by the Task Force, which positively assesses a number of isolated initiatives, such as Sweden’s efforts to develop a low-carbon economy, and the promotion of green technologies and innovation in South Korea.

Yet Rio+20 did not “give proper attention to climate change,” rendering all of the other problems and tasks addressed meaningless, lamented Gorbachev.

The bureaucracy of the United Nations (UN) and difficult relations between its agencies also contributed to keeping the issue off the Rio+20 agenda. There has been a breakdown in the multilateral political system, with “national greed” taking precedence over the global good and giving a free hand to the unchecked overexploitation of natural resources, commented Alexander Likhotal, president of Green Cross International.

The Climate Change Task Force recommends seven lines of action, which include preserving “natural capital”, strengthening the capacities of communities for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and mobilising the essential financial resources, both public and private, as well as implementing deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

The climate crisis should be at the centre of all efforts to ensure the sustainable development of the planet, according to Likhotal. It seemed to have achieved this status after the 1992 Earth Summit, with the adoption of the framework convention, and the subsequent signing in 1997 of the Kyoto Protocol, which established concrete targets and obligations, although it was never adopted by the United States.

Since then, international concern over climate change has fluctuated over years. But awareness of its seriousness is on the rise once again, as a result of extreme weather events, Likhotal observed.

Governments need to be pressured by society to adopt the necessary measures and targets, said Samantha Smith, leader of the WWF Global Climate and Energy Initiative, at a press conference at Rio+20. This is what Brazilians did, she noted, to prevent further destruction through a proposed amendment of the Forest Code, which is still being debated.

Tragedies like the landslides and floods that killed almost 1,000 people last year in mountainous cities near Rio de Janeiro served as a strong argument in favor of legislation that prevents deforestation.

But scattered local disasters, or impacts invisible to the average citizen, such as the loss of biodiversity, are apparently still not enough to motivate international policies and agreements.

The Fukushima accident, because of its enormity, succeeded in burying a number of nuclear projects, at least temporarily. Yet nuclear energy had already lost a great deal of support after Chernobyl, and it was in fact the fears around fossil fuels and climate change that were largely responsible for renewed support in more recent years.

“I’m afraid that only a major catastrophe, that would directly and massively affect people’s lives, would force us to make the changes needed,” said British biologist Jonathan Baillie in an interview with TerraViva, the independent newspaper published by IPS at Rio+20.

* Additional reporting by Fabíola Ortiz (Rio de Janeiro). This story was originally published by Latin American newspapers that are part of the Tierramérica network. Tierramérica is a specialised news service produced by IPS with the backing of the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank.

Colorado Governor Hickenlooper- State of the World WARNING 2012

Governor Hickenlooper
US State of Colorado

June 26, 2012
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Greetings-

You need to STOP harassing, intimidating and criminalizing the homeless,
This state is ALREADY in ALOT of trouble.

Governor, this nation and this world are on the very brink of complete and utter destruction.
The military-industrial-intelligence-security complex in the state of Colorado needs to be
IMMEDIATELY decommissioned, defunded and terminated as a viable institution.
You need to GUT the Dept of Homeland Security and its little illegal bastard spawn, the TSA,
and radically redirect the states priorities, funding and infrastructure towards building
a green, sustainable and survivable society for the 21st century.

This states needs to take the BILLIONS of dollars that are going into creating a fascist,
nazi, spy and surveillance, military police state, and instead begin to seriously fund the
global green revolution here in the state of Colorado.

The threats of global climate change, the global water crisis, the extinction of our precious forests,
and the world population explosion
are ALL affecting the state in very drastic ways, a fact I’m sure you’ve noticed by now.

Colorado’s military and prison industrial complex needs to be SHUT-DOWN and retrofitted
into PV solar panel, wind turbine, electric car and anti-gravity/zero point energy production facilities.

This state, this nation and this world are in the throws of absolute planetary ECOCIDE, thanks to
a backward and completely ‘out of control’ world civilization- of which America and the state of Colorado
are a central part of, unfortunately.  If the human species is going to survive, human beings need to EVOLVE
and learn to BUILD a Global Green World Order, otherwise we shall all surely perish.

Here is the blueprint for SAVING OUR PLANET:
http://pulsar774.tripod.com

Failure means the human enterprise will be given the IRON FIST.

The Coming Extraterrestrial Invasion:
http://antarctica777.tripod.com

At ALL costs, DO NOT cross the line into planetary suicide.  2012 is the very year where the future of all
life on Earth- either its transformation or its annihilation- will be decided and “locked-in”.  This state and this nation are one small step
away from plunging our world into Global Economic Collapse, World War 3 and International Martial Law.  This is NOT
the way forward.

Bring down ALL the state’s ILLEGAL spy and surveillance cameras, work to criminalize the gas-guzzling SUV culture and
axe the military/police state checkpoints and prisons.  Lets turn this nation and this world around.  Change begins
at home.  Transformation can begin in the state of Colorado if the will to survive and to properly prosper gains ascendency.

Remember,  this is NOT a game.  The future of ALL life on Earth is NOW in the balance.  The global environmental
crisis REQUIRES swift, bold, decisive and immediate environmental vision and action from this state, NOT a descent into a right wing, nazi, spy and surveillance,
prison/police state hell.

The state of Colorado can be the KEY to this world’s salvation, or it can be the KEY to its eternal damnation.

We’re on the razor’s edge right NOW…..

Regards,

Steve Jones
Global Environmentalist
Breckenridge, Colorado
USA

***References:
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1.  Read Thomas Friedman’s book, “Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America”: http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Flat-Crowded-Revolution-America/dp/0312428928/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340729557&sr=8-1&keywords=hot+flat+and+crowded

2. See the online movie: THRIVE:  http://youtube.com/thrivemovement  (2hrs long)

3. Invite the GREEN FESTIVAL back to the state of Colorado.  I work with them. lets make it an annual event.  http://greenfestivals.org

4. Lastly, here is the spiritual/religious work i do to back up my authority and knowledge of the current human predicament on Earth at this time:
http://jonastheprophet.tk    This is the very FOUNDATION STONE for World Peace.
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