Saturday, March 11, 2006

UN Grabs Great Smokeys

This is the kind of story that really confuses me.
It sounds terrible - but then maybe it is good - but...
it sounds terrible!

I don't know what to think.

One thing for sure, it is important we know about these
kinds of things so we don't become too trusting of the
entities that purchase and control our wilderness.

Would it be better to use the land for... a weapons lab?
What are the alternatives? I do love the ideals of
the Earth Charter, which Lolly so loved. Is it really a
plot? Is it all a plot? Oh dear.

then there's this report from Michael Klare via on Alternet -

The Coming Resource Wars
America's closest ally has announced that climate change has ushered in an era of violent conflict over energy, water and arable land.

It's official: the era of resource wars is upon us. In a major London address, British Defense Secretary John Reid warned that global climate change and dwindling natural resources are combining to increase the likelihood of violent conflict over land, water and energy. Climate change, he indicated, "will make scarce resources, clean water, viable agricultural land even scarcer" -- and this will "make the emergence of violent conflict more rather than less likely."

...Although speculative, these reports make one thing clear: when thinking about the calamitous effects of global climate change, we must emphasize its social and political consequences as much as its purely environmental effects. Drought, flooding and storms can kill us, and surely will -- but so will wars among the survivors of these catastrophes over what remains of food, water and shelter. As Reid's comments indicate, no society, however affluent, will escape involvement in these forms of conflict.

We can respond to these predictions in one of two ways: by relying on fortifications and military force to provide some degree of advantage in the global struggle over resources, or by taking meaningful steps to reduce the risk of cataclysmic climate change....

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