They’re baack! After two decades, the UN’s eco-globalist faction has returned to Rio de Janeiro to put the “plan” back in “planet.” Now that we’re more than a decade into the new century, the globocrats have convened at Rio+20 in order to fine-tune their agenda.
That fine-tuning includes staying apace of consumer preferences. Nowadays, the Phenomenon Formerly Known as Global Warming is proving a harder selling point than it was a generation ago. What is popular is the mass extinction trope, an apocalyptic scenario that conjures up hellish visions of doomed dinosaurs choking on asteroid ash and hapless herbivores swept away by towering tsunamis. This epoch’s edition of extinction is subtler, with legions of species ushered into oblivion by the alleged depredations of humanity, from deforestation to, well, just about every other human activity imaginable.
Correspondent Alex Newman reports from the “People’s Summit” of NGO activists at Flamengo Park and the official UN Summit on Sustainability and Development at Rio Centro, including a press conference with CNN founder and eco-activist Ted Turner.
Shortly before the start of the United Nations Rio+20 environment Summit this week, former Earth Summit chief Maurice Strong launched a promotional tour for his new book, entitled, Only One Earth: The Long Road Via Rio to Sustainable Development.
Correspondent Alex Newman interviews noted Indian physicist, philosopher, author, and eco-feminist Vandana Shiva at the UN's Environment Summit in Rio.
The New American's Senior Editor Bill Jasper reports on admissions by ICLEI leaders at the UN's Rio+20 Conference that they are now substituting "sustainable development" for "climate change" as their main panic motivator.
In this roving interview on June 20, Alex Newman caught up with two leaders of the Socialist International Women, Gro Harlem Brundtland and Mary Robinson, at the UN’s Rio+20 conference.
From his vantage point at the United Nations' Rio+20 sustainability summit in Rio de Janeiro, The New American's foreign correspondent Alex Newman notes that the global environmental agenda "is becoming increasingly clear" — from reducing the world's population and spreading abortion worldwide, to gaining more control over the economy and more power to allocate resources.
According to United Nations officials and UN-anointed experts who gathered in Rio de Janeiro, the so-called Red List of endangered species indicates that our biological diversity on Planet Earth is dangerously imperiled. Thousands of species of birds, mammals, amphibians, plants, and other flora and fauna will soon disappear, due to human causes.
To prevent this natural disaster, they say, we must implement the UN’s global mandates on biodiversity and sustainable development. This involves accepting massive new restrictions on our energy use, travel, consumption, productivity, and economic prosperity.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Amid the thousands of people assembled at the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development calling for global government and anti-market “solutions” to alleged planetary “sustainability” and “biodiversity” problems, a vocal coalition of environmental realists who refuse to buy the UN-backed agenda are calling for some sanity — market solutions, real science, and national sovereignty. Some have even proposed abolishing the controversial global institution altogether.
While the international press has largely ignored the stinging criticism so far, the small cadre of liberty-minded environmental experts, activists, and lawmakers seemed optimistic. The climate alarmism of a few years ago, for example, is virtually “dead” despite overwhelming media support. On Thursday, following the stunning implosion of the science behind global-warming theories, the whole topic has largely taken a back seat to new UN allegations — overpopulation, decreasing biodiversity, and a lack of “sustainability.” But those overhyped fears may well collapse soon too.
The following article (reprinted here with permission) originally appeared as a chapter in the 1992 book Global Tyranny ... Step by Step by William F. Jasper, who had attended the original Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro earlier that year. We have republished the chapter on the occasion of the Rio+20 Summit not only because Mr. Jasper's analysis has held up well against the test of time, but also because the developing UN-dominated global green regime he warns against is more advanced and threatening than it was 20 years ago. — Editor
On the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20), one of the environmental movement’s most prominent gurus has gone heretical, claiming that “so-called sustainable development ... is meaningless drivel.” We’re referring to Gaia guru James Lovelock, the British inventor, NASA scientist, and environmental philosopher best known for originating the Gaia hypothesis and for his trilogy of books on that subject.