There have been three remarkable warm-up acts preparing the world for the top of bill United Nations Climate Change Conference [aka COP21] that will be take centre stage in Paris from 30th November to 11th December 2015.
First there was the stunning summer hit from the harp playing, carbon free Holy See.
Their catchy ditty Care for our Common Home was heavily plugged in the media and their rendition of the old classic Servitude secured them a US tour and even a headline gig at the UN in New York where they played to a packed house.
There are no frontiers or barriers, political or social, behind which we can hide, still less is there room for the globalization of indifference.
The establishment of a legal framework which can set clear boundaries and ensure the protection of ecosystems has become indispensable; otherwise, the new power structures based on the techno-economic paradigm may overwhelm not only our politics but also freedom and justice.
Enforceable international agreements are urgently needed, since local authorities are not always capable of effective intervention.
Global regulatory norms are needed to impose obligations and prevent unacceptable actions, for example, when powerful companies dump contaminated waste or offshore polluting industries in other countries.
What is needed, in effect, is an agreement on systems of governance for the whole range of so-called “global commons”.
Encyclical Letter: Laudato si’ on Care for our Common Home
The dramatic reality this whole situation of exclusion and inequality, with its evident effects, has led me, in union with the entire Christian people and many others, to take stock of my grave responsibility in this regard and to speak out, together with all those who are seeking urgently-needed and effective solutions.
The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the World Summit, which opens today, is an important sign of hope.
I am similarly confident that the Paris Conference on Climatic Change will secure fundamental and effective agreements.
Transcript: Read the Speech Pope Francis Gave to the United Nations
Time.com – Ryan Teague Beckwith – 25 Sept 2015
Second was the surprise hit [down under] from Malcolm Turnbull [playing Can You Feel The Heat on his Goldman Saxophone] who ousted the cool tones of Tony Abbott’s In The Air Tonight from the top of the Australian charts.
Tony Abbott considered asking a taskforce to investigate whether the Bureau of Meteorology was exaggerating temperature data records following the publication of such claims in the Australian newspaper, newly released documents show.
Abbott considered investigation into ‘exaggerated’ Bureau of Meteorology temperature data
Daniel Hurst – The Guardian – 24 September 2015
Third was the knock-out performance of Justin Trudeau in Canada with his remake of the soulful ballad Hope and Change which flopped so spectacularly south of the border.
Canada’s new PM Trudeau vows to bring hope, change
Reuters – Leah Schnurr – 20 Oct 2015
“We’ll meet the provinces within 90 days of the UN Climate Change Conference this December to develop a carbon pricing policy.”
Justin TrudeauLEADER, LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA
Our commitment: get moving quickly on climate change
Stephen Harper’s Conservatives stubbornly refuse to consider strong, credible environmental policies, while many provinces and territories have already introduced their own initiatives. Now the Environment Minister is trying to blame the Premiers, when it is the Conservatives who have failed to take any meaningful action.
If we do not demonstrate to the world that we have our act together, as a country, on climate change and the environment, we will find it harder and harder to get our resources to markets.
The Liberal plan
A Liberal government is committed to attending the Paris climate conference, and within 90 days, holding a First Ministers meeting to work together on a framework for combatting climate change. Central to this would be the creation of national emissions reduction targets.
Under the Liberal plan, provincial and territorial governments will have the flexibility to design their own policies to meet these commitments, including their own carbon pricing policies. We will provide targeted federal funding to help achieve these goals, in the same way the federal government supports health care in Canada.
Although these latest developments have surprised many media pundits its safe to say these latest trends haven’t surprised Christopher Monckton.
Behind the left’s push to remove Tony Abbott – Christopher Monckton
Studio Solutions – 8 Feb 2015
Settled Scientists are now gleeful singing Hope and Change in Canada.
The center-left Liberal Party under Justin Trudeau won an unexpected majority government, taking 184 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons.
The Conservatives will form the opposition with 99 seats, while the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) fell to third place with just 44 seats.
“Many scientists will be pleased with the outcome,” says Jim Woodgett, director of research at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. “The Liberal party has a strong record in supporting science.”
Harper’s government had been extremely unpopular with scientists, who accused it of ignoring evidence in policymaking, preventing government researchers from speaking publicly about their work, and focusing too much funding on commercially driven applied research.
The Liberals have promised to reinstate the position of chief scientific officer, restore the mandatory long-form census, lift the “muzzle” on government researchers, and invest more in basic research.
Trudeau has also said his party will embrace “evidence based policy” and “data-driven decision-making,” do more to address climate change, protect endangered species, and review the environmental impact of major energy and development projects.
In Canada, election results cheer scientists
ScienceMag.org – Brian Owens – 20 October 2015
Therefore, it appears that the Five Eyes will now be harmoniously performing as the Five Ayes before a carefully selected audience of yes-men, gravy-trainers, parasites and control freaks in Paris next month.
The “Five Eyes”, often abbreviated as “FVEY”, refer to an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These countries are bound by the multilateral UKUSA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence.
In the House of Commons, the Speaker says “The Question is that…”, then states the question. Next, he/she says, “As many as are of that opinion say Aye.” Then, following shouts of “Aye”, he says, “of the contrary, No,” and similar shouts of “No” may follow.
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21 or CMP11 will be held in Paris, from November 30 to December 11.
It will be the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.
The conference objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.
The outlook is grim because forecasters think the political climate may become insanely cold in 2016.
Soon, the only power that mere mortals will be allowed to enjoy is the Power of Love.