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Tyndall Centre Using Public Funds To Promote Left Wing Agenda

December 16, 2013
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By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/communication/news-archive/2013/call-papers-2014-norwich-conference-earth-system-governance

 

After having held their Radical Emissions Reduction Conference, the taxpayer funded Tyndall Centre have another conference lined up next year.

They tell us this about the Earth System Governance Project

 

ABOUT EARTH SYSTEM GOVERNANCE

The challenge of establishing effective strategies for mediating the relationship between humans and the natural world represents one of the most daunting tasks in the quest for environmental sustainability at all levels, from the local to the global. Environmental problems, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, water quality and access problems, soil erosion and others, call into question the fundamental viability of how humans have organized the relationship between society and nature. There is an urgent need to identify and develop new strategies for steering societies towards a more sustainable relationship with the natural world.

The Earth System Governance Project was launched in 2009 to address these problems of environmental governance. In this project, “earth system governance” is defined as the interrelated system of formal and informal rules, rule-making mechanisms and actor-networks at all levels of human society (from local to global) that are set up to steer societies towards preventing, mitigating, and adapting to global and local environmental change and earth system transformation, within the normative context of sustainable development. The Earth System Governance Project’s Science Plan (available at www.earthsystemgovernance.org) is organized around five analytical themes. Architecture relates to the emergence, design and effectiveness of governance arrangements. Agency addresses questions of who governs the earth system and how. Adaptiveness research explores the ability of governance systems to change in the face of new knowledge and challenges as well as to enhance adaptiveness of social-ecological systems in the face of major disturbances. Accountability refers to the democratic quality of environmental governance arrangements. Finally, access and allocation deal with justice, equity, and fairness.

 

Crucially, the theme which is going to be the main subject of this conference is “Access and Allocation of Resources”.

Access and Allocation of Resources (Water, Food, Energy, Health and Wellbeing, Forests and Carbon Rights)

Access and Allocation not only relates to material resources (e.g. water, forests) but also to the access and allocation of immaterial values such as rights, benefits, responsibilities and risks. Issues of access and allocation demand new answers in times of the Anthropocene, an era of human-dominated ecosystems. Such responses need to be interdisciplinary and reconcile with governance effectiveness. Conflicts about natural resources such as water, forests, food, energy and carbon are in essence questions related to the allocation of and access to these resources, and often linked to concepts of security, i.e. “food security” and “water security”.

 

Remember that this theme is already described as dealing with “justice, equity and fairness”.

These may be thoroughly worthy objectives, but can anybody explain what any of this has to do with the Tyndall Centre?

 

According to their website, the Tyndall Centre has these objectives:

 

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There is nothing there about “justice, equity or fairness”.

For most of its existence, the Tyndall Centre has been funded mainly by the UK Research Councils (in turn taxpayer funded). Since 2010, it has been primarily funded by “the host universities and by research grants”, which again rely largely on public funding.

So why is taxpayer money being used to promote a political agenda, which is not even authorised by the Centre’s own stated objectives?

9 Comments
  1. catweazle666 permalink
    December 16, 2013 4:31 pm

    They’re starting to get desperate. No, in fact, they’ve GOT desperate. Now they’re panicking.

    What with the totally unforeseen Global economic problems starting in ~2008, which caused a severe distraction, the unprecedented exponential growth of public access to and many to many communication brought by the Internet which exacerbated the Climategate affair, the rapid decrease in public credence for CAGW and now Mother Nature’s utter lack of co-operation by springing the “pause” on them – which an increasing number of climate McScientists are becoming uncomfortably aware is actually he negative phase of a ~60 year cycle – it’s Catastrophically All Gone Wrong for the Agenda 21 brigade.

    Now they are frantically playing catch up, and it shows.

    But it won’t work. The Watermelons (Green on the outside, Red on the Inside) have missed the boat. Again.

    Just like the last attempt by the authoritarian Left, which collapsed when the Iron Curtain finally died the death, this too will fail.

    The biggest problem that these collectivist totalitarians is very simple.

    Fortunately for us all, hey just don’t believe in human nature.

    • Teddi permalink
      December 17, 2013 11:25 pm

      I happen to think the “green” agenda and resulting policies (many with regard to energy) had a good deal to do with the worldwide economic downturn…

  2. tom0mason permalink
    December 16, 2013 10:08 pm

    Another bunch of dangerous champaign socialists and limousined leftards ready to spend other peoples tax to enrich themselves with money and power.

    With lines like –

    In this project, “earth system governance” is defined as the interrelated system of formal and informal rules, rule-making mechanisms and actor-networks at all levels of human society (from local to global) that are set up to steer societies towards preventing, mitigating, and adapting to global and local environmental change and earth system transformation, within the normative context of sustainable development.

    shows that these blockheads haven’t a clue. They wish to rule by edict from their committee. It is obvious, from the quotes, that these people have not lived in the real world, where adaptation and change is quite normal.
    Just more elitist rich kids trying to enforce their imagined version of the world, and get us to pay for them and their utopian pipe-dream world.

  3. December 17, 2013 12:51 am

    “Accountability refers to the democratic quality of environmental governance arrangements.”
    O’Reilly? On the evidence, such “quality” is entirely absent.

    Leftists seem to instinctively assume that because they’re pro-public funding, they should have free access to it and a free hand with it once obtained. Democratic or other oversight it mere obstructionism, unworthy of their “noble cause”.

  4. December 17, 2013 12:52 am

    typo: oversight is mere ….

  5. December 18, 2013 10:27 am

    I’ve covered the global agenda in my new book Totalitaria…was interviewed about it on Coast to Coast last week…

  6. johnmarshall permalink
    December 18, 2013 11:16 am

    Communist claptrap. I object to Tyndall getting a bean from my hard earned tax payments.

  7. Mervyn permalink
    December 21, 2013 10:25 am

    Those at the Tyndall Centre should be forced to study the book “Punch-Drunk On CO2…Dizzy From Spin” in order to decontaminate the extensive brain washing they have endured over the years in relation to dangerous AGW.

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