Booker On The RPSB & WWF
By Paul Homewood
Booker on the RSPB and WWF:
It is intriguing to contrast the current agendas of some of our more celebrated environmental charities with the aims of those who first set them up. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), for instance, originated in 1889 with some Victorian ladies wanting “to discourage the wanton destruction of birds” – which for decades was what the RSPB very laudably did.
Yet its latest publication – a report headed “The RSPB’s 2050 Energy Vision” – says little about birds. Not only does it call for Britain’s target for cutting CO2 emissions to be raised from an improbable 80 per cent to an impossible 100 per cent, it also says “our research shows the UK could have six times the current level of onshore wind turbines”. Since we already have 5,500 of them, the RSPB would thus be happy to see 25,000 more littering our countryside.
Yet studies show that the prime victims of turbine blades are birds and bats, notably birds of prey that like to hunt over just the kind of landscapes that are most profitable for wind-farm owners. The Spanish Society for Ornithology found that Spain’s 18,000 turbines kill up to six million birds a year, averaging as many as 300 birds per turbine. This confirmed the findings of a scientific paper 20 years ago, which discovered that each German turbine killed on average 309 birds a year. More recently, a German government ornithologist estimated that every year they kill between 200 and 300 red kites alone. One vast Californian wind farm killed so many birds, including many rare eagles, it was shut down.
In Britain we might expect no one to be keener to carry out similar studies than the RSPB. Instead, it calls for thousands more bird-killing wind farms, while blandly assuring us that these should only be built “in harmony with nature”. Those Victorian ladies must be swivelling in their graves.
Then consider the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), founded in 1961 by Prince Philip, Prince Bernhard and leading conservationists to protect the world’s wildernesses and endangered species. Today it has become the richest environmental lobby group in the world, thanks to its obsession with climate change and climate-related projects on which it is funded to advise by governments and international bodies – including the EU and the UN.
It is not surprising that Prince Philip, having failed to save the WWF from being taken over by its new climate agenda, sadly withdrew from the organisation he co-founded
But some of these are seriously controversial, such as a UN-sponsored scheme to evict thousands of villagers in Tanzania for the damage their primitive farming was doing to the world’s largest mangrove swamp, because it “sequesters” large quantities of CO2. Now Survival International reveals that the WWF has become the official partner of a giant French logging company that is deforesting 2,000 square miles of Cameroon rainforest, home to a huge variety of wildlife and tribes of Baka “pygmies”.
The company’s maps show the Baka villages as just “poachers’ camps”, soon to disappear. Even the EU has condemned every mass-logging operation in Cameroon as illegal. It is not surprising that Prince Philip, having failed to save the WWF from being taken over by its new climate agenda, sadly withdrew from the organisation he co-founded with such very different aims 55 years ago. Now the President of WWF-UK is his son, Prince Charles.