As governments and dictators around the world prepare for the upcoming “Rio+20” United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, the establishment press is hyping — rather than questioning — a dubious new UN report claiming that humanity’s failure to adopt so-called “sustainability” schemes threatens the Earth. Among the global entity’s controversial recommendations: less people, less consumption, “lifestyle modifications,” and a “shift” toward new “equity-based values.”
According to the UN report, dubbed the fifth “Global Environmental Outlook” (GEO-5), the Earth is in danger – and as always, it’s your fault. Humanity is the enemy. There are simply too many people consuming too many resources, and it will eventually bring about a cataclysm, the paper claims. However, if the global population promptly submits to the international body’s myriad demands, the UN implausibly alleges, it might still be possible to save the world.
Of course, it will not be easy. Or cheap. Individual liberty, self-governance, national sovereignty, and the human population — that means you and your family — will all have to be curtailed, according to the report. Meanwhile, the fortunate people who remain will have to consume a lot less — in other words, become much poorer — to be what the UN considers “sustainable.”
“Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean share the common problems of population growth and increasing consumption,” noted the UN, bizarrely attacking human beings and decreasing levels of poverty as “problems” to be solved by the global bureaucracy. In the developed world, meanwhile, more poverty is needed as well: “Europe and North America continue to operate at unsustainable levels of consumption,” the global entity claimed in its report.
To hide the fact that the planetary central-planning schemes will, if adopted, be making everyone except the elite and UN bureaucrats poorer, the report suggests ditching traditional indicators of progress and well-being such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Instead, governments must adopt new measurements: “a redefinition of wealth … to a more sustainable metric,” as the UN puts it.
“Scientific evidence shows that Earth systems are being pushed towards their biophysical limits, with evidence that these limits are close and have in some cases been exceeded,” the global body alleged. “International cooperation is essential, since environmental problems do not follow national boundaries.” In other words, the world is doomed unless nations submit to the UN — immediately.
Instead of fulfilling its traditionally understood role as a skeptical watchdog — especially when scores of totalitarian-minded rulers are proposing to literally re-shape human civilization and erect what amounts to an all-powerful planetary regime — much of the global press simply parroted the UN’s hysterical claims. From the communist-controlled propaganda apparatus run by the Chinese dictatorship to the increasingly discredited Western media, virtually every article about the UN report and its wild demands was simply a repackaged version of the UN press release with a supposed journalist’s by-line on it.
After the stunning implosion of the UN’s credibility following the mass discrediting of its theories on global warming — now known as “climate change” for public-relations purposes — “sustainability” has become the new rallying cry. In fact, UN climate fear-mongering has become such a laughingstock that Rio+20 will likely seek to avoid the subject all together, summit organizers said earlier this year.
But instead of looking back at the collapse of the UN’s global-warming hysteria — its infamous IPCC report was filled with so many basic errors and so much disinformation that credible scientists have long-since distanced themselves from it — the world press continues to take the international organization at its word. More than a few news reports even referred to the alarmist claimsthroughout the 525-page GEO-5 document as “facts.”
While the mainstream press swallowed the claims, however, critics in the alternative media lambasted the UN for its propaganda and its dangerous so-called solutions. “As the unscientific assertions of a global environmental crisis, vanishing biodiversity and over-population become more ‘urgent’ to the UN; the insertion of international governance is being covertly added into the mix as the answer to solve all problems worldwide,” observed Susanne Posel in an analysis for the Activist Post.
In the run-up to the controversial UN sustainability summit in Rio de Janeiro later this month, official documents released by the organization offered details about the plan. Those reports show clearly that if the global body achieves its goals, a new “green-economy” regime will use the coercive power of government to reduce the number of people and transform human civilization in unimaginable ways.
To begin with, the UN “Rio+20” summit — headed by Chinese Communist Sha Zukang — will seek to expand the global body’s powers in an unprecedented manner. On the agenda are new world taxes, trillions in wealth redistribution, and world programs dealing with everything from pro-UN “education” and health to resource allocation and poverty.
“Transitioning to a green economy requires a fundamental shift in the way we think and act,” a high-level UN report explains, adding that the price tag might be so high that a new global currency may be needed to quietly siphon away humanity’s wealth. So-called “education” schemes — critics call it brainwashing — will be crucial in the global effort to help “change individual and collective behavior,” as the UN puts it.
The new “green economy” will have to be centrally planned at the planetary level, according to the UN — for “sustainability” purposes, of course. The fact that central planning has historically caused environmental destruction on a scale never seen before in history was never mentioned in the report. Nor was the obvious point that such systems have generally resulted in mass murder, starvation, and a complete loss of liberty — for examples, see the Soviet Union or North Korea.
U.N. Climate Organization Wants Immunities Against Charges of Conflict of Interest, Exceeding Mandate, Among Others
The organization responsible for managing a global cap-and-trade system worth billions of dollars for carbon emissions projects around the world is trying to get sweeping legal immunities for its actions, even as it plans to expand its activities dramatically in the wake of the United Nations’ Rio + 20 summit on sustainable development, which starts June 20.
Despite its name, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or UNFCCC, legal experts ruled in 2006 that it was not to be part of the U.N. system of organizations that has enjoyed diplomatic and legal immunities since the end of World War II. Now, it is scrambling to figure out how to get them. A meeting of a UNFCCC subsidiary in Bonn last month agreed to forward a new draft treaty covering the issue to another meeting in November.
Internal UNFCCC documents, examined by Fox News, show that among other things, top officials hope to use those immunities to avoid challenges in the future based on such things as:
–possible conflicts of interest in their duties,
–breaches of confidentiality in their work,
–violations of the due process rights of those affected by UNFCCC actions,
–making decisions or actions that are beyond the legal mandate of the organization or its subsidiaries.
The Bonn-based UNFCCC is responsible, among other things, for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the cap and trade emissions system created by the Kyoto Protocol, which the U.S. has not ratified. In the wake of Rio + 20, UNFCCC also hopes to manage a mammoth Green Climate Fund, intended to help mobilize as much as $100 billion a year for projects to lower global greenhouse gases.
Currently, according to the legal presentation U.N.-style immunities apply to UNFCCC’s head offices in Bonn due to an agreement with the host country, Germany. The problem is that UNFCCC activities elsewhere are not automatically covered.
Giving them the same level of protection from legal systems around the world requires an amendment of the Kyoto Protocol that would demand ratification by all 194 member countries—and as the case of the U.S. has already shown in the case of the main treaty, ratification might be far from automatic.
But the lack of immunity is not keeping the UNFCCC from scaling back its ambitions. The global carbon-trading regime is slated to take a vast new step forward in the wake of the Rio + 20 summit, as the Green Climate Fund, among other new financial vehicles to promote carbon emissions reduction, scales up for international action.