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The Truth Behind Christian Aid’s Campaign

March 1, 2015

By Paul Homewood

 

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http://www.christianaid.org.uk/ActNow/find-out-more/background-information/climate-justice-background.aspx

 

We looked at Christian Aid’s latest campaign yesterday to fight “global warming”. Their website features this recent article on Bolivia.

 

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http://www.christianaid.org.uk/ActNow/blog/january-2015/reflections-on-climate-change-from-bolivia.aspx

 

Fundacion Solon are listed as their “partner”, but who are they?

 

 

Their website, below, seems to be all in Spanish, but in a prominent position at the top is the link to “Alternativas Sistemicas”, presumably “systemic alternatives”!

 

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http://fundacionsolon.org/

 

The link takes us to the Alternativas Sistemicas website:

 

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http://systemicalternatives.org/

 

Their About page confirms what they are trying to do, and also notes that “this initiative is coordinated by Fundacion Solon (Bolivia)”:

 

Systemic Alternatives is a initiative that aims to build an interactive dialogue to deepen the analysis and strengthen the alternatives that are being developed by grassroots movements and thinkers to overcome the capitalist system. Our goal is to compile information about key alternatives such as vivir bien (“living well”), the commons, degrowth, deglobalization, eco-socialism, the solidarity economy, ecofeminism, food sovereignty and others, and to produce a constructive debate about their strengths, weaknesses, limitations and contradictions. We examine systemic alternatives in a holistic way, focusing on various dimensions, including: the environment,  economy, inequality, cultural diversity, gender, and discrimination.

The site has three sections: analysis, alternatives, and debate. The first one presents a range of analyses of the reality from different sources, both mainstream and alternative. The second section provides a range of systemic alternatives, and the third one centers around the debates between these proposals as well as debates on specific topics like the issue of “development” – do we need to redefine or overcome development?

In this debate, we want to engage key thinkers and activists like Francois Houtart (Belgium), Alberto Acosta (Ecuador), Edgardo Lander (Venezuela), Eduardo Gudynas (Uruguay), Oscar Ugarteche (Peru), Leonardo Boff (Brazil), Elizabeth Peredo (Bolivia), Jean Gadrey (France), Christian Arnsperger (Germany), Tim Jackson (Great Britain), Paul Nicholson (Basque), Xavier Ricard (Peru), Patrick Bond (South Africa), Nnimmo Basey (Nigeria), Genevieve Azam (France), Walden Bello (Philippines), Jayati Ghosh (India), Wen Tiejun (China), Jerry Mander (USA),  David Harvey (USA), Ariel Salleh (Australia), Pablo Solon (Bolivia), and others.

This initiative is coordinated by Attac (in France), Fundacion Solon (Bolivia) and Focus on the Global South (Asia).

Systemic Alternatives is made possible through the generous support of CCFD, Fastenopfer and DKA.

 

Their goal could not be clearer – to overcome the capitalist system. Fundacion Solon are their agent for this objective in Bolivia and beyond, and are working to bring this about as a partner of Christian Aid.

 

The Christian Aid campaign has nothing to do with climate change, religion, or even providing aid to those in need who have suffered from natural disasters. It is part of a political struggle to overthrow western values and democracy.

22 Comments
  1. Bloke down the pub permalink
    March 1, 2015 1:43 pm

    This would appear to be the Tim Jackson referred to. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Jackson_(economist)

  2. March 1, 2015 1:55 pm

    Interesting. I notice that there is an American organization with the same name (christianaid.org), but don’t appear to be affiliated.

  3. Scott M permalink
    March 1, 2015 3:07 pm

    Looks like a bunch of people trying to make a buck off other peoples emotions, a bunch of entrepreneurs trying to sell emotional goodwill to naive people.

  4. John permalink
    March 1, 2015 3:52 pm

    “Vivir Bien” is one of the main political slogans of the current very left-wing Bolivian Government, so it and the Vice President of Bolivia (a sworn enemy of capitalism) is probably sitting somewhere behind this organisation in the shadows.

  5. Chilli permalink
    March 1, 2015 4:11 pm

    Nice catch: In the name of The Father, The Son, and Carl Marx Ghost.

  6. March 1, 2015 5:30 pm

    Climate change is a fact, but I don’t think that this is the right way to act. Proselytising is not necessarily a good alternative.

    • March 2, 2015 12:29 pm

      Climate change is definitely a fact. There definitely was an ice age, and it definitely ended in many parts of the world.

  7. March 1, 2015 6:10 pm

    The last part of their “about page” translates as

    During the triennium 2014-2016 we intend to develop constructive and creative way to visibility, monitoring policy initiatives public and alternatives to “development” that promote a redistribution of wealth in favour of sectors more vulnerable (especially indigenous and women) while preserving the capacity for regeneration of the life cycles of nature and strengthening enforcement and complementarity of human rights economic, social and cultural rights, the rights of indigenous peoples and the rights of mother earth.

    Christian Aid is funding Gaia worshipers. They have no Christian identity.

    • AndyG55 permalink
      March 1, 2015 7:17 pm

      “while preserving the capacity for regeneration of the life cycles of nature ”

      Then they should be advocating the use of coal and other fossil fuels to give more CO2 to the world’s plant life.

      “that promote a redistribution of wealth in favour of sectors more vulnerable”

      then they shouldn’t promote renewable energy systems, which push up the energy price, steal from the poor and put money in the hands of big land owners and wealthy green entrepreneurs.

  8. THX1138 permalink
    March 1, 2015 8:32 pm

    It’s disturbing to see coal, natural gas and oil continually referred to as “fossil fuels”, because they are not. If you read Thomas Gold’s “The Deep Hot Biosphere” and other references, you will discover that petroleum and coal are constantly being recreated within the earth’s mantle. The Russians discovered this decades ago, and are finding oil where there was never supposed to be oil, and where supposed “fossils” could never be found, very deep in the earth’s mantle and in igneous rock. Everywhere, oil companies are looking at their supposedly depleted oil wells and finding them full again! Oil, natural gas and coal are renewable resources! There was never a “Peak Oil” crisis, it was manufactured on paper, in the media, in order to increase the price of fuel to the general public, and to gain power over the people through disinformation, misinformation, well, out-and-out lies.

    Using the “carbon footprint” ruse, oil, natural gas and coal will continue to be used, but the people will pay huge taxes to do so (willingly, apparently). Oil, natural gas and coal are so abundant in nature, they would have a difficult time maintaining its market price for long, so they had to come up with a different scheme. Get ready for $20/bbl oil, but with a huge “carbon tax” imposed upon it to make up the difference.

    Please get out of the habit of calling petroleum a “fossil fuel!” Thank you.

    • AndyG55 permalink
      March 1, 2015 8:43 pm

      Oil, yes, its origins seem to be quite interesting. 🙂

      but most coal is found in sedimentary layers, and is fossil fuel.

      If you know of any coal that is not sedimentary, I would find that very interesting.

  9. THX1138 permalink
    March 1, 2015 10:16 pm

    “The abiogenic theory then, combined with the deep, hot biosphere theory is as Gold succinctly phrases it; “not biology that has been reworked by geology but geology that has been reworked by biology”. One might expect coal to be the exception; surely coal is the result of degraded plant life and ancient swamps. No, says Gold, but he does make a partial exception for peat and lignite, which are indeed reworked plant life with some help from primordial hydrocarbons. But black coals come from the same upwelling of hydrocarbons as petroleum and methane, originating far below the sedimentary layers. The process is essentially a sequential loss of hydrogen atoms as hydrocarbons upwell through porous rock, and this is the primary reason why so many petroleum fields are configured in a “layer-cake” manner. Methane is at the lowest depth, layered on this is light crude, next come the heavier oils, and then often on top of all is blackcoal. This correlation of coal with petroleum fields can be seen in many parts of the world (see pictures of US oil and coal maps below). The blacker the coal the greater the hydrogen loss and the greater the carbon to hydrogen ratio. How do the hydrocarbons lose their hydrogen atoms? Though many factors are involved, and we can go no further into the technical details here, there is a gradual process of oxidation as the hydrocarbons upwell, and carbon deposits left behind tend to be a catalyst for more carbon deposits, not unlike what happens in an internal combustion engine.”

    http://unconventionalgeology.blogspot.com/2012/01/origin-of-black-coal.html

    • Bloke down the pub permalink
      March 2, 2015 11:35 am

      If oil is a renewable resource then that really would get the warmist’s knickers in a twist, as it would mean there’d be no limit to how much CO₂ we could pump into the atmosphere.

    • Brian H permalink
      March 4, 2015 11:11 am

      The lightest (hydrogen-richest) compounds at the bottom. Very interesting.

  10. Eliza permalink
    March 2, 2015 5:57 am

    I tend to think THX is correct. It is probably a renewable source no one hasrealized this apprently. It is likely that oil will never be depleted and is constantly reformed

  11. igsy permalink
    March 2, 2015 8:06 am

    It is reprehensible that these organisations seek to further their own political agenda by exploiting the undoubted suffering of generally very poor people caused by unusual but perfectly normal natural climatic behaviour.

    That said, like the undisciplined child, one can understand from a propoganda strategy perspective why they do it: they can rattle off complete and utter nonsense, yet no-one calls them on it.

    “The worst rain for 40 years” is evidence of a lack of climate change, not confirmation of its presence.

  12. john cooknell permalink
    March 2, 2015 11:37 am

    Christians, and all other faith followers, genuinely and honestly believe in the supernatural with no evidence at all to support this belief. The only fact is, we exist!

    I am not surprised that Christian aid are associated with this. This is what human beings are, every human civilisation since the beginning of time has had its beliefs, and that our actions affect the climate.

    Some even believe in “western values and democracy”.

  13. March 6, 2015 2:04 pm

    dear Paul,
    great article, which I would dearly love to print and show our local priest.
    It seems though that your site controls will not allow me to print any of your stuff.
    Is there any way around this please?

    • March 6, 2015 5:53 pm

      It should print, as it does on mine.

      It may just be your browser.

  14. tcuc3e permalink
    March 8, 2015 1:59 am

    Article at CapX on Christian Aid, trade, enterprise and capitalism is worth a read: http://www.capx.co/how-the-power-of-profit-is-overcoming-womens-poverty/

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