Take note this week the Summit happening in France is being held just over 2 weeks after the largest terrorist attack in Paris with the majority of the 130 victims killed under the age of 35. It is relevant that the age of the victims is known. This is a generation that is pushing for climate change now. This is their world and they are demanding clean air, water, and an environment that will support them for decades to come.
What you might not know there is big money in Climate Disaster. This has been documented in several books since 2008 to include two journalistic authors Naomi Klein in her two books, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2008) and This Changes Everything Capitalism vs. the Climate (2014), and McKenzie Funk in his book, Windfall the Booming Business of Global Warming (2014).
Funk’s book talks about three factors to follow; melt, drought, and deluge. You can imagine these catastrophes on your own but more importantly the richest man on earth has spent relatively little money to CUT carbon emissions that lead to these three apocalypses, but has spent BILLIONS trying to “techno the heck” out of climateAdaptation to prosper from climate change and the warming of our planet.
I’m talking about Bill Gates and the more than $33.5 Billion Gates Foundation. Gates has invested heavily in genetically modified corn, soy, wheat, cotton and other crops with Monsanto and BASF, “the biggest joint biotech R&D program on record”. As well the Gates Foundation has spent heavily on genetically modified mosquitoes recently released on American soil this year in Key West Florida, and geoengineering.
Funk reveals that the Gates Foundation believes in using it’s technological savvy to adapt rather than halt the well documented scientific causes of climate change. An overview of the Gates Fund agricultural strategy read, “We believe the best way for the Foundation to address climate change is to help poor farmers adapt”. 1
In looking closer Genetically Modified (GM) crops really leads to patent rights for their patent owner and a monopoly on these GM seeds, which must be purchased annually by poor farmers. As well these crops have been found to need MORE water than traditional crops and do not necessarily bear a higher yield.
The point is that disaster breeds financial opportunity. More hyper-storms make for mandatory flood and storm insurance and construction companies that can rebuild entire communities. A shortage of water brings water company monopolies, and food shortages bring higher food prices.
So when you watch the seesawing, back and forth lack of commitment from world leaders at the upcoming Paris Climate Summit and their refusal to agree to strong policies and regulations, think about who is benefiting from not having an enforceable climate policy in place. The winners are large corporations and their CEO’s, western industrialized nation states, and rich countries.
In your community when you come up against city, county and state leaders think about who benefits the most from not having climate change policies in place; private companies and the politicians that serve them. In Tucson we have a tightly knit community that is begging for more solar and renewable energy sources. Why aren't we doing more in our city and how come Arizona is not the frontline for solar energy power in our nation?
Again you will have to explore this on your own, but I will tip you off and tell you to contact your new Arizona Governor Ducey and the Arizona Corporation Commission, whose five elected members are in charge of our energy and utility policies in Arizona.
Until then Tucson and other citizens will have their own "Paris Climate Summit" to demand climate change policies. There will be a protest in front of the City of Tucson Mayor’s office this Sunday November 29th, 2015 at 10:00 am. This is your opportunity to let your local leaders know that you are in accord with the Paris Climate Summit and that you want climate change policies for your city now.
1 -page 247 Windfall book (2014)