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Venezuela climate summit calls for end to “green economy”

July 24, 2014

The RTCC report


A UN backed conference in Venezuela has ended with a declaration to scrap carbon markets and reject the green economy.

The Margarita Declaration was issued at the end of a four-day meeting of around 130 green activist groups, which the Venezuelan government hosted in order to raise the volume of civil society demands in UN discussions on climate change.

“The structural causes of climate change are linked to the current capitalist hegemonic system,” the final declaration said. “To combat climate change it is necessary to change the system.”

The declaration will be handed to environment ministers when they meet ahead of the UN’s main round of talks in Lima this year.

The meeting, called the Social Pre-COP, is the first time that civil society has been invited to participate with the UN at this scale at international climate talks.

Groups who participated in the meeting include WWF, CAN International, Third World Network and Christian Aid.

Venezuela said the purpose of the meeting is to “set the basis of an alliance between peoples and governments”.

While it is unclear who signed the declaration, it contrasts with the views of many national governments, which see the transition to a green economy as underpinning efforts to tackle climate change.


While this declaration is unlikely to have much impact on UN policies, it says an awful lot about the political inclinations of these green groups, including apparently Christian Aid and WWF.

The full list of green groups is below, and includes FOE

  1. mkelly permalink
    July 24, 2014 2:00 pm

    But it does show the “watermelon” character of most green organizations.

  2. John F. Hultquist permalink
    July 24, 2014 3:48 pm

    It is early in the day so maybe my brain is a bit foggy yet, but this statement is confusing.
    I thought these groups wanted a “green economy” rather than the industrial economy that produces plant food as a gas.
    Is the implication that they do not want any economy at all?

    I guess I missed the message, whatever it is.

  3. July 24, 2014 3:54 pm

    It shows easily that the cement holding these disparate groups together is not science but political, not AGW but Marxism.

  4. tom0mason permalink
    July 24, 2014 5:46 pm

    I wonder how many of the conference goers flew there and back?
    I wonder how many maintained a nice cool atmosphere in their accomodation with air con.?
    I wonder how many insisted that all the supplies to their tropical get-away were ‘sustainable’, fair-trade, organic, etc., sourced?
    I wonder were they exclusively powered by solar panel and windmill power all through their stay?

    I wonder are they just another bunch of hypocrites living well on the public purse?

  5. Otter (ClimateOtter on Twitter) permalink
    July 24, 2014 9:05 pm

    These people have a serious mental FAIL.

  6. catweazle666 permalink
    July 25, 2014 7:07 pm

    The mask hasn’t just slipped, it has fallen off altogether.

    Green on the outside, Red on the inside, nothing to do with the environment, everything to do with politics, the most unpleasant, genocidal variety ever dreamed up..

  7. Herve D permalink
    July 25, 2014 7:45 pm

    The masks finally fell: Greens are ex-extreme-Red glowing activists, originated in the 1970 dark age of extreme-leftist ideology collapse: They had to invent another enemy to survive, they select Nuclear in lieu of Air Travelling (they already anticipated to enjoy their money in long holidays trips…)…

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