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Stop Flying in the Face of the Poor!

Posted by terres on July 18, 2008

Use Videoconferencing!

Following our organization’s strong condemnation of the United Nations and its Secretary General for their “addiction” to the “carbon habit,” getting endless fixes through flying tens of millions of miles each year, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has now taken the lead on condemning the business world’s unbridled flying habits.

Tutu condemned businesspeople who contribute to global warming by taking flights rather than using video conferencing, thereby “condemning millions of the world’s poorest people to death.”

He wants developed countries that have caused global warming to take the lead slashing emissions of climate changing greenhouse gases.

“It is the countries which are the least responsible for causing climate change that are paying the heaviest price,” he said in a video message to a meeting of the World Development Movement lobby group Thursday.

“Do not fly in the face of the poor by allowing the emissions produced by endless and unnecessary business flights to keep growing.” He said, adding that scientists predicted as many as 185 million Africans would die this century because of climate change.


Desmond Tutu (Former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town. (Photo date: 2004)

Tutu, a Nobel Peace laureate who campaigns tirelessly for global justice and equality, said: “Climate change is for real. As I speak, famine is increasing, flooding is increasing, as is disease and insecurity globally because of water scarcity,” he said.

“As an African I urgently call on ordinary people in rich countries to act as global citizens, not as isolated consumers. We must listen to our consciences, and not to governments who speak only about economic markets.

“These markets will cease to exist if climate change is allowed to develop to climate chaos,” he added.

“In South Africa we confirmed that if we act on the side of justice we have the power to turn tides,” Tutu said.

“I urge you … to work together with campaigners in the global South and call for strong climate change laws in your own countries in the North, as well as internationally.” (Source: Reuters).

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    Buffet the Poor

    Posted by feww on May 25, 2008

    Warren Buffet: World’s biggest moneybag [AND CO2 producer]

    The United States is in a recession, one that will be longer and deeper than most people expect, said Warren Buffet, the world’s biggest moneybag.

    “[T]he people are already feeling the effects,” said Buffet. “It will be deeper and last longer than many think.”

    The world’s moneybags have only one goal in mind: To make more money than everyone else, despite the environmental and social consequences. “If the world were falling apart I’d still invest in companies,” Buffet said.


    Warren Buffet listens to a question during a news conference in Madrid May 21, 2008. REUTERS/Andrea Comas. Image may be subject to copyright. See RTSF fair Use Notice!

    Invariably, they blame someone else for the ills they create. Buffet, as usual, blamed the derivatives market.

    “It’s not right that hundreds of thousands of jobs are being eliminated, that entire industrial sectors in the real economy are being wiped out by financial bets even though the sectors are actually in good health.”

    Buffet bemoans the “lack of effective controls,” as if the system ever had any.

    “That’s the problem,” he said. “You can’t steer it, you can’t regulate it anymore. You can’t get the genie back in the bottle.”

    Thank you for Lesson One, economy 101, Mr “B,” and may you live long enough to witness the full scale of the environmental and social catastrophes, the impact of your lot’s casino economy on the world. May you live in interesting times!

    Related Fact:

    • Warren Buffet’s Net Worth: $62.0billion [Warren Buffet produced at least 30.628MMT of CO2 in 2007]
    • Combined Net Worth of World’s Richest 100 : $1,725 billion
    • No. of World’s Billionaires : 1,125
    • Combined Net Worth of World’s Billionaires : $4,384 billion (source)
    • No. of people who live on less than $2 per day: About 4 billion (Source)

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    One in 100 U.S. Adults in Prison

    Posted by terres on February 29, 2008

    One in nine black men between 20 and 34 is locked up!

    For the first time, one in 100 American adults is in jail or prison. According to a new study one in 30 men between 20 and 34 is behind bars. For the black men in the ratio is more than three times higher with one in nine black men in the same age group locked up.

    The “corrections” spending for 2007 jumped to $49 billion an increase of $11 billion from 1987. Original report

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