Forty Canadian self-described non-governmental organizations (NGO's) sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau imploring him to join the Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation Treaty at COP27 in November, demanding action on climate change. (Information about COP27 below) These health, environment, faith, and youth groups oppose fossil fuel expansion, even during a severe energy supply crisis in Europe and energy inflation challenges in North America.
Europe is living through fossil fuel non-proliferation right now and its impacts are spilling into Canada. Electricity bills are expected to increase by 100 percent this winter, in part due to the increased cost of natural gas. It's too bad we don’t have a region in the country with a 300-year supply…
Twelve Canadian municipalities have endorsed the Non-proliferation Treaty. Twelve urban municipalities, including Vancouver, Victoria, Montreal, and Ottawa, all led by people with limited understanding of where their food, fuel, and other necessities come from or the impacts of high energy prices on ordinary Canadians.
One thing in the letter that stands out to me is the number of environmental activist organizations that signed it. All these groups, with all their highly educated staff, collecting all that money, and yet they haven't been able to make much impact or get close to finding solutions to their problems.T he World Wildlife Fund alone has an annual budget of $900 million. Nearly $1 billion dollars!
It's almost like they don't actually want to do anything; they just want to gripe and hype so they have a purpose to stay relevant in the zeitgeist to continue attracting donations and government grants.
This is in line with the frequent announcements from people and companies pledging to be altruistic climate crusaders, defending the planet from us awful, destructive humans through headline-grabbing donations to climate organizations.
In a proud, public communique, Patagonia recently announced they were “going purpose”, a play on “going public”, through the newly created Patagonia Purpose Trust. The family that owns the company gave the Gore-tex jackets off their backs and US$100 million of annual profits by giving 100 percent of the nonvoting stock to the newly created Holdfast Collective, a non-profit dedicated to fighting the environmental crisis and defending nature.
Patagonia’s founder claims to be giving money to people who are actively working to save the planet. However, it’s not clear what these new environmental organizations will actually accomplish.
We have thousands of groups centred around protecting the planet, and yet they don’t seem to achieve much beyond climate alarmism education, narrative creation, and policy and regulatory influence through the infiltration of governments.
Another high-profile philanthropist, Jeff Bezos, has pledged billions through the Bezos Earth Fund. So far, millions of dollars have been handed to prominent environmental activist organizations such as the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Nature Conservancy, the World Resources Institute, and the World Wildlife Fund.
Lesser-known groups concerned with environmental justice, including Dream Corps’ Green For All, the Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice, and the Solutions Project, also received generous donations.
This article provides a good breakdown of what some of the organizations are doing with their grant money.
What are they accomplishing, other than riling up soup throwers who glue themselves to walls?
What is COP27?
The annual United Nations Climate Change conference, Conference of the Parties (COP), brings together countries, companies, and citizens to accelerate action on climate change.
COP’s mandate includes the review of national communications and emission inventories submitted by the member nations as part of the implementation of its protocols, conventions, or accords.
This year’s COP27 takes place from November 6 to 18 in Egypt.
The first COP meeting was held in Berlin, Germany in March, 1995. The 1997 Kyoto Protocol was the brainchild of the COP crowd just two years later. COP21 in 2015 gave us the Paris Climate Accord, signed onto by the Trudeau government in December 2015.
With an average of 25,000 attendees from around the globe, COP is really more of a private jet proliferation confabulation than an action-based environmental conference.
With all the work being done to address environmental and climate issues by governments and ENGO’s, why don’t we hear about their achievements? Why is it that more is always needed? More money, more rules, more regulations, more compliance, more power.
Surely all these PhD’s, scientists, and policy makers can make credible, positive, noticeable change. Yet, that’s seldom part of the message we hear. It’s all despair all the time, and if you disagree then you are a bigoted climate denier.