Logic Not Invited To Rio Sustainability Summit

You might think it would cost little or nothing for us to ‘transition’ to a green economy. After all, all that’s required is that we consume less stuff and make better use of what we do consume. If so, you’re an ignorant fool, and just be glad that those amazing bankers are here to save you from the armageddon your defective brain might otherwise get you into.

As a matter of fact, our leaders, the ones with the vastly superior intellects, know exactly what it will cost: 250 billion dollars a year initially, and eventually trillions of dollars!  And seeing as this is crucial to our survival on this planet, you will not have a choice. Nor will you have the option to refuse being monitored to ensure that you’re a good citizen.

We have allowed a relatively small group of bankers and their toadying gophers, the politicians, lead us to the edge of the abyss, the brink of annihilation. Then we ask them what to do about the crisis we let them cause. Their answer is of course the same answer they always give us to any question we ask them: “allow us to take even more money off you, under threat of force”.

UN Seeks New Powers to Remake World at Rio Sustainability Summit.

They have taken a very real problem and turned it into yet another excuse to tax us all and increase their control over us. Tihs is all they know how to do, and so long as we complacently accept their authority, it’s all they need to do, and all they ever will do, until there’s nothing left to tax.

We shouldn’t be paying for them to have a party in Rio, we should be putting them into council housing and helping them to find a useful role in society.

The Great Rainforest Heist

How environmental groups gone bad greenwash the logging of Earth’s last primary old forests

The world’s pre-eminent environmental organizations, widely perceived as the leading advocates for rainforests and old growth, have for decades been actively promoting primary forest logging [search]. Groups like Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network (RAN), The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, World Wide Fund for Nature/World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Environmental Defense Fund actively promote industrially logging Earth’s last old forests. Through their support of the existing “Forest Stewardship Council” (FSC), and/or planned compromised “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation” (REDD), they are at the forefront of destroying ancient forests for disposable consumer items – claiming it is “sustainable forest management” and “carbon forestry

Read more in the full article at rainforestportal.org

More about primary forest logging

saved as pdf: The Great Rainforest Heist

The wisdom of our Elders?

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Music: Excerpt from Way to the Roots by Haytham Safia Quartet
Photo credits,
Thanks to Miguel Jaramillo for all the great desert photos.
Extreme tree: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedronet/3975329408/sizes/l/in/photostream/
Cat: http://www.scenicreflections.com/download/282058/running_cat_Wallpaper/ (watch out, loads of popups etc…)

Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants a 1,360 Acre Forest

A little over 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav “Molai” Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India’s Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavor, so he moved to the site where he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acre of jungle that Payeng planted single-handedly.

The Times of India recently caught up with Payeng in his remote forest lodge to learn more about how he came to leave such an indelible mark on the landscape:

See more on the Times of India site. (saved as pdf here: The man who made a forest – Times Of India)

Leaked map reveals Ethiopia’s mass evictions plan

[Survival International] Ethiopian authorities have inadvertently revealed the existence of highly ambitious plans to resettle Lower Omo Valley peoples who stand in the way of a massive plantations scheme. The map was included in an internal report by the country’s Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA), into the environmental impact of planned sugarcane plantations in the Omo. Leaked to Survival International, the map shows where Ethiopia intends to resettle peoples whose land and communities stand in the way of their ‘development’ plans.

It reveals the huge ambition of the project, which is already destroying the land of peoples such as the Mursi, Bodi and Kwegu. Reliable sources have confirmed to Survival that construction has already begun on at least three resettlement camps on Bodi land in the north of the Lower Omo Valley. Violent human rights abuses against all indigenous communities in the Omo Valley are becoming commonplace, as the rush to ‘develop’ gathers pace.

One Mursi man told Survival, ‘I am waiting to die because the government has taken my land…The government is collecting all the people in the Omo Valley to put in one place.’ Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘This leaked map reveals what the Ethiopian government has wanted to conceal – its intention to resettle indigenous peoples in the Lower Omo Valley. Taken together with the widespread reports of violent evictions and intimidation, it clearly shows Ethiopia’s end goal – and its refusal to respect the rights of anybody who stands in its way.’