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To avert a catastrophe on an unimaginable scale, humanity must realize that its approach to life and progress must change, and then change it. This will not be done by politicians, technocrats, economists, or tame scientists in the pay of giant international organizations. These people consider the necessary changes to be against their short-sighted and short-term interests. Just consider what EXXON, probably the biggest of the international companies, had to say in one of its leaflets:

"Exxon Mobil Corporation is committed to being the world's premier petroleum and petrochemical company. To that end, we must continuously achieve financial and operating results while adhering to the highest standards of business conduct. These unwavering expectations provide the foundation for our commitments to those with whom we interact. We are committed to enhancing the long-term value of the investment dollars en-trusted to us by our shareholders. By running the business profitably and responsibly we expect our shareholders to be rewarded with superior returns. ... This commitment drives the management of our company."

How many words on respecting nature does this statement contain?

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Groups actively involved in environmental protection:

If not tame scientists, then who should take their place? There is an impressive array of institutions and individuals who are aware that the situation is bad, and are willing to do their best in trying to remedy it. Growing awareness of environmental problems during the 1960s and 1970s led to the formation of many active groups. Major environmental disasters, such as the release of deadly gas from the Union Carbide plant at Bhopal, and the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster, have placed ecological issues firmly on the political agenda of most countries.

bulletThere is the Club of Rome, a global think tank, which is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. It brings together scientists, economists, businessmen, international high civil servants, heads of state, and former heads of state, who are convinced that the future of humankind is not determined once and for all, and that each human being can contribute to the improvement of our societies.
bulletThe analyses of the available scientific, technical, and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of the risk of human-induced climate change are done by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It incorporates the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The Panel collates evidence relevant for the understanding of climate change, and works out options for the mitigation of climate change effects.
bulletThere is the Friends of the Earth movement (part of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition), which inspires solutions to environmental problems.
bulletAmong other institutions with an ecology program are the National Resource Defense Council, the Climate Change Section from the United Nations Environment Program, and the Centre for Science and Environment (based in Delhi).
bulletThere are five UN-backed biodiversity related treaties: CBD, CITES, CMS, Ramsar, and WHC.
bulletThe World Conferences on Climate Change and Global Warming have staged the Conferences of the Parties to the Convention (COP): COP1 in Berlin, COP2 in Geneva, COP3 in Kyoto (conference and protocol), COP4 in Buenos Ayres, COP5 in Geneva, COP6 in The Hague/Bonn, COP7 in Marrakech, COP8 in Delhi, COP9 in Milan, COP10 in Buenos Ayres, and COP11 in Montreal. The best known is the Kyoto conference and protocol, which produced the Kyoto Protocol (an international treaty on climate change setting targets for industrial countries to cut their green-house gas emissions) - only two major countries currently oppose the Kyoto Treaty: The USA (the country responsible for about a quarter of the world's greenhouse gas emissions) and Australia. The best-attended meeting was COP11 in Montreal, that was attended by almost 10,000 delegates from more than 180 nations.
Note that US, Australia, China, India, Japan, and South Korea created, as an alternative to COP3 Kyoto, the Asia-Pacific climate pact aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions through technology and voluntary partnership. The pact is toothless, not considering any mandatory reduction targets in order to avoid any risk of economic pain. It has also been criticized as being short in detail. The first meeting of the pact, scheduled to take place in November, 2005 in Australia, has been postponed.
bulletIt is claimed that big business is beginning to play an important role in developing principles and practices for environmentally sensitive cost accounting. So far, there is little proof of that, business aims are contrary to those of the environmentalists.
bulletThere are newspapers, such as the Guardian that publishes special reports on climate change, and magazines, such as The Ecologist, that are active in the ecology field.
bulletExtensive information on ecology is provided on the Internet. Among the important sources are:
bulletThe OneWorld.net brings together more than 1,500 organizations from across the globe.
bulletThe Third World Network (TWN) has many articles providing a very critical look at the role of big business and of such countries as the US.
bulletThe MediaChannel.org provides a critical look at how environmental issues are covered (or not covered) by the media around the world, and also serves as a link to a large collection of media related articles.
bulletThe Global Issues web-site by Anup Shah looks into biodiversity, global environmental issues, and provides links to external web sites, articles, reports, and analyses.

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An apparent stealth group:

The Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy (CREA) states that it:

"... is committed to preserving America’s natural resources, air, water, and scenic beauty for future generations. CREA's mission is to foster environmental protection by promoting fair, community-based solutions to environmental challenges, highlighting Republican environmental accomplishments and building on our Republican tradition of conservation."

Unfortunately, their main goals appear to be to:

bulletRidicule what they refer to as "excessive and intolerant" environmental groups who are critical of the Republican administration's efforts on the environment, and
bulletAdvertise the efforts made by Republicans to help the environment.
bulletGive priority to the short-term preservation of jobs at the expense of long term protection of the environment.

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Copyright 2006 by Vladimir Tomek
Originally posted: 2006-JUN-25
Latest update: 2006-NOV-12
Author: Vladimir Tomek. Addition of CREA by B.A. Robinson

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