A new report has been issued by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and which criticises New Zealand’s environmental policy. By happy coincidence, Der Spiegel has just written a devastating article on the organisation, which contradicts their public image. I suggest you read it in full. It paints a picture of a money grubbing organisation that has been responsible for forced resettlement of those that impinge upon their desired nature reserves, as well as a neo-colonial approach to conservation. It is also, of course, front and centre in promoting global warming alarmism.The report on New Zealand captures a little of their nature fanaticism, as in the quote from Dr. Morgan Williams, who heads the New Zealand WWF:
I believe most New Zealanders appreciate the need to live within ecological limits but developing a sustainable lifestyle, within current economic systems is very difficult. Independent institutions like the PCE and WWF help craft solutions to such tensions.
Analysis Extremist green campaigning group WWF – endorsed by no less a body than the European Space Agency – has stated that economic growth should be abandoned, that citizens of the world’s wealthy nations should prepare for poverty and that all the human race’s energy should be produced as renewable electricity within 38 years from now.
Most astonishingly of all, the green hardliners demand that the enormous numbers of wind farms, tidal barriers and solar powerplants required under their plans should somehow be built while at the same time severely rationing supplies of concrete, steel, copper and glass.
But then we get onto the big stuff. First up, there must be an “immediate focus” on “drastically shrinking the ecological footprint of high income populations”.
That means you, Reg reader: you are to accept a massively lower standard of living, in order to reduce your “footprint” to match your nation’s “biocapacity”. Then you’ll have to take another cut, because your nation – being rich – has more “biocapacity” than a poor country does (despite their claim that planetary resources are finite, WWF acknowledges that new “biocapacity” can be created in the form of cropland, forests etc), but this should be shared with the poorer lands under “equitable resource governance”.
Again, I suggest you read the whole analysis, and take a look at the actual WWF report, as you will find that the Register article has captured the essence of the report. It puts a perspective on the apparently mild introduction of Dr. Morgan. When seeing the WWF agenda, his mild introduction takes on a clearer meaning. In the following quote, we can see that he is implicitly endorsing the vision laid out in the Living Planet Report:
I see this report as a wake up call for New Zealand. We cannot afford another 20 years of inaction. For our most critical sustainability issues – freshwater, greenhouse gases, native biodiversity and fisheries – this Government, and its successors, must not only make good on the promises made in 1992, but significantly step up efforts. The centre piece must be sustainability education. Until there is a deep and enduring understanding of our dependency on ecological systems, governments and business will not be empowered to secure a future where people live in harmony with nature.
I have bolded the sustainability education section, as this was one of the most striking aspects of the report. What he means is that we need to be ‘educated’ to accept their vision of New Zealand living a much poorer existence. Now, if you truly want to be disturbed, this is from the section calling for ‘sustainability education’:
In 1992 New Zealand became a signatory to the Earth Summit’s Agenda 21. While all 40 chapters of Agenda 21 call for education, Chapter 36 specifically focuses on the issue, stating:
“Education is critical for achieving environmental and ethical awareness, values and attitudes, skills and behaviour consistent with sustainable development and for effective public participation in decision-making. Both formal and non-formal education are indispensable to… sustainable development.” Chapter 36 established broad proposals to “reorient education towards sustainable development, increase public awareness and promote training” and provided clear directions for developed countries like New Zealand, including:
• Integrating environmental and development concepts into all educational programmes
• Making environmental and development education available to people of all ages
• Involving schoolchildren in studies on environmental health, including safe drinking water, sanitation, food and the various impacts of resource use
• Strengthening existing advisory bodies or establishing new ones for public environment and development information
• Making better use of advertising and entertainment methods to shape public behaviour and consumption patterns.
In other words, they are calling on the New Zealand government to actively promote a green agenda, including to school children. And when you see the source of the call for the teaching of green agendas by the government, it just becomes ever more worrying. I am guessing that in the fanatical world of the WWF, it has never occurred to them that they are calling on governments to engage in political propagandising of their ’cause’. Perhaps the most worrying aspect of all of this is that the New Zealand government has apparently signed up for this disgraceful proposal to develop political propaganda. More to the point, it seems that they are enacting the propaganda campaign. Again, this from the WWF report:
The Commissioner also found that progress had been made in primary and secondary schools through a $13 million package of government spending over four years on Enviroschools, and Education for Sustainability advisory services for teachers in schools and kura.
The report goes on to give other examples where propaganda programmes have been initiated. Describing these programmes as ‘positive’, the report goes on to complain that the commitment to propaganda is tailing off, before calling for more action. In contrast to their view of the reduction in the propaganda efforts, this at least provides some relief, albeit that the propaganda campaign has not been abandoned.
Curiously, a New Zealand Herald article on the report completely overlooks the discussion of the need to educate people towards the green agenda. A search of Stuff found similar reports, here and here. The report contains six chapters of four pages per chapter, and an entire chapter is devoted to education. Is it not curious that this does not feature in the reports?
I suspect that the answer to why the call for the re-education of New Zealanders is ignored is that it is just downright spooky. It does not take much thought to see the call for re-education for what it actually is; propaganda. Openly discussing a government agenda to re-educate the New Zealand population in green propaganda would undoubtedly alarm many readers. It is a truly Orwellian idea, and I mean this in the most literal sense.
The WWF report is written in the context of a fanatical agenda, and an agenda that I believe most New Zealanders would find repulsive. I do not think that New Zealanders would endorse becoming poorer to meet the fanatical goals of the WWF. More to the point, I suspect that they would be deeply disturbed at the idea that they should be persuaded to accept these goals through being ‘re-educated’ with green propaganda. Nevertheless, this is the agenda of the nature fanatics, and it seems that, to some extent, the government has accepted this agenda. I do not know about readers here, but I find all of this very disturbing.