How radical is the “people’s climate mobilization?”

Even with President Barack Obama headlining the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City next week, something calling itself “People’s Climate Mobilization” intends to hijack the headlines this Saturday and Sunday with its “Global Weekend of Action,” including a “People’s Climate March” with thousands of protesters jamming Manhattan streets determined to “disrupt business-as-usual,” “bend history,” and convince the 120 heads of state at the Summit on Tuesday to adopt their “bold actions for a fast changeover to a no-carbon economy.”

Don’t laugh. The March has over 1,400 collaborating groups – labor unions, religious groups, green groups, social justice groups, and businesses, a number of them recipients of federal grants. One March organizer, the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, has received over $540,000 in federal grants since 2002, and a participating religious group, Interfaith Power and Light, got a 2007 EPA Climate Award of $450,000, among many others.

People's climate march fact posterBut the NYC March is only the beginning: the Mobilization is an altogether different thing: “a mass social movement to disrupt the status quo.” It’s holding 2,620 simultaneous marches in hundreds of cities worldwide, including Moscow, Osaka, Tel Aviv, Kiev, Buenos Aires, Hanoi, Nairobi, Tehran, Auckland, Hong Kong, Baghdad, Aleppo, Havana, Singapore, Jakarta, Sydney, and towns in Fiji, the Azores, the Galapagos, and on and on.

The Mobilization’s message to the Summit’s heads of state is blunt: “Our demand is for Action, Not Words: take the action necessary to create a world with an economy that works for people and the planet. This moment will not even really be about the Summit. We want this moment to be about us, the grassroots people who are standing up to organize, to build power, to confront the power of fossil fuels, and to shift power to a just, safe, peaceful world.”

What, exactly, does that mean? It means “shredding free market capitalism,” says Naomi Klein, Canadian writer and board member of Bill McKibben’s 350.org group, the premier key organizer of the March and Mobilization. Klein’s just-released book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate is a recipe for bizarre “strong government action at all levels” to “disperse and devolve power and control to the community level.” Imagine Obama doing that.

And what would the Mobilzation do then? Klein sees “community-controlled renewable energy, local organic agriculture or transit systems genuinely accountable to their users.” One can envision their foreign policy community sending the Occupy Movement to deal with ISIS.

This huge, arrogant, demanding Mobilization is reminiscent of the gigantic global antiwar demonstrations against President George W. Bush’s 2003 invasion of Iraq: The Guinness Book of World Records counted as many as 60 million protesters worldwide, crowning it the largest anti-war rally in history.

That’s significant because of a New York Times front page story’s conclusion, “there may still be two superpowers on the planet: the United States and world public opinion.” It gave rise to the meme, “Second Superpower” implying that a global nongovernmental movement could be a world force comparable to or counterbalancing the United States. “Second Superpower” even has a Wikipedia entry.

Could this weekend’s Climate Mobilization become a Second Superpower and defeat free market Peoples climate march statue libertycapitalism? Mass public demonstrations drove the civil rights movement into federal law. Numerous environmental campaigns – DDT bans, endangered species rules trumping property rights, logging shutdowns – got results. How dangerous is this Mobilization? Could the forces behind it disrupt free enterprise on a vastly larger scale?

First, who are those forces? When you look under the hood, the motor of the whole thing is a set of highly competent event managers.

Local: Climate Week NYC is “the collaborative space for all events in support of the UN Climate Summit.” It’s an initiative of the Climate Group ($2.7 million revenue in 2011), a non-profit consultancy for businesses going green. Its board of directors is comprised of high-credential academics, business executives and interlocking board members, working from offices in NYC, London, New Delhi and Beijing. This will be their sixth Climate Week NYC and “will be home to around 100 events, activities and high-profile meetings taking place across NYC,” according to its website. Very deeply connected with global influence leaders.

The March: Various organizers work out of open cubicles in shared office space at centrally located 42nd and Madison ($12,250 per month). Their online fundraising is handled by the non-profit Res Publica (“Public Thing” in Latin).

Global Mobilization: Res Publica provides strategic advice to other non-profit organizations, educational and action-based email campaigns to citizens in every country [except North Korea]. Its executive director is Canadian/British Ricken Patel, who is also the principal officer of Avazz (“Voice” in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages).

Ricken Patel is a graduate of Oxford and Harvard, founding president of Avaaz ($11.6 million revenue in 2012), which is the world’s largest online activist community, including over 32 million subscribers. Patel was voted “Ultimate Gamechanger in Politics” by the Huffington Post, listed in the world’s top 100 thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine and referred to as “the global leader of online protest” by The Guardian (London). He almost sounds like a one-man Second Superpower himself.

That should explain how Bill McKibben’s 350.org documentary film Disruption and his board member Naomi Klein’s anti-capitalist book mobilized the Mobilization. They didn’t. They got on the phone and said, “Ricken?”

Peoples climate march system change

Categories

About the Author: Ron Arnold

Ron Arnold

Ron is a free enterprise activist, author, and newspaper columnist. He pioneered methods to expose the money and power of Big Green in nine books and hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles. He mentors promising activists and writers as a civic duty.

  • PriklyPete

    Americans must wake up, government is not your friend!
    Press releases on the NCA report say global temperatures, heat waves, sea levels, storms, droughts and was done by computer models – which are based on the false assumption that carbon dioxide now drives climate change, and that powerful natural forces no longer play a role. The models have never been able to predict global temperatures accurately, and the divergence between model predictions and actual measured temperatures gets worse with every passing year. The models cannot even “hindcast” temperatures over the past quarter century, without using fudge factors and other clever tricks.

    • Greg Perterson

      A report for sea levels is not needed. Direct observation by people living on caostal waters (me for example) can tell you there has been to increase in sea level (unless of course, the Atlantic Ocean is not connected to those oceans that are “rising”).

      • Randy Palermo

        As i live on the ocean ——–i can attest —–the ocean is rising –but not due to “global warming ” but the natural way the earth evolves ————- we had had times of high ocean times and lower ocean times ——— The earth is ever changing —

      • PriklyPete

        I would hope that you’re not one of the idiots who believe our government and others can control climates by reducing CO2, that’s absolutely absurd.

        • alpha2actual

          Robert Proctor coined the term ‘agnotology’ the study of how ignorance, particularly in scientific, military and technical matters, can be manufactured, manipulated by strategies and campaigns dominated by vested interests. Another, less sophisticated definition is “induced ignorance”. This perfectly describes the current state of the Anthropogenic Climate Change science debate.

          So I decided to coin a synonym ‘agendaist’, but someone beat me to the punch, Onyxhawke.com defines

          agendaist as individuals who unlike most of the rest of us can only focus on one thing and their agenda is the prism through which all things are viewed, it is the one true yardstick, and the alpha and omega of their existence. They do come in all flavors, although thanks the prodigious effort they put into focusing on their totem there is no room for any other neurological function. All their efforts are twisted to viewing the entire world into classifying everyone as either with us or against us. Example is “Denier”, a not so subtle pejorative referring to Holocaust Denial. Therefore I will posit that it is perfectly appropriate to refer to Anthropogenic Climate Change agendaists as climate change Nazis, as Dr Roy Spenser has suggested.

          This sort of obsessive, or more accurately, pathological behavior will cause an Agendaists to take a statement by a person they’ve probably never met or interacted with in anyway, and twist it to fit their agenda.

          • LTCjRet

            Outstanding and informative post, a2a. Regards.

          • ninetyninepct

            “there is no room for any other neurological function” Sounds like you are referring to Muslims and islam. Same $hit.

            Arm yourselves. Gore, obama and Islam are coming to control your lives.

            • zn

              You’re being racist. Stop being racist.

              • ninetyninepct

                Islam is a religion and Muslims are followers of that “religion”. The neurological function referred to is a trait developed over many many generations where arabs and muslims are strongly encouraged to purchase and marry their first cousins. This has led to a lot of inbreeding resulting in the reduction of intelligence. This allows their “leaders” to manipulate their thinking and actions. This manipulated thought processes can be seen in the climate fanatics that blindly follow their “green” and climate propagandists. For some strange reason many people blindly follow and believe the information provided to them by obama, styer, greenpiece and the rest of the climate alarmists without doing any of their own research. There is a lot on the internet and it is up to the fanatics to sort through the bull$hit and decide for themselves. I and hundreds of thousands of others did, and have discovered that mankind cannot and have not changed the climate.

                • zn

                  You are a terrible human being.

          • zn

            Either this is the most ironic post ever written or you don’t quite see that this site is a textbook example of agnostolgy/agendaism.

            Please tell me you’re being ironic…

      • alpha2actual

        In the last 10,000 years “sea level” has been relatively unchanged, plus or minus 1 foot. Now if you want to go out to Fire Island or the Hampton s and are concerned about changes in sea level threatening I suggest you sell out, and of course forego the absurd Federal Funding of flood insurance.

      • ninetyninepct

        How much? One mm, two mm? Could it be the tide?

  • A country gal

    Great article!! This makes a good start on exposing the unholy trinity: Big government, Big business and BIG nonprofits!!! The new world government on display!!! Time to update “Trashing the Economy”!! It’s a much broader group of nonprofits that have joined the environmental parade!!

  • Mr_Constitution

    Gov has never been our friend. I do definitely see a real and growing problem with the growth and power of NGOs. They have almost as much dough as the government in some cases and they are UN-elected and UN-accountable to the People. That they are supposedly a PEOPLE’s March is ludicrous. That they are NON-Profit is even more absurd. They make profits – plenty of them. What they don’t do is take part in PAYING for government and all the goodies and trinkets they promote.

    Isn’t it time to change that? Don’t us little farts in the woods also deserve to have influence? Yes, but to have ENOUGH influence we need to take down these damn NGOs. They have been causing trouble for years. They caused the Agenda-21 movement. This NYC March group is not different. Agenda-21 took such a big hit that you don’t hear that much anymore about them, but what you do hear is the same old baloney – Climate Change, melting Ice Caps (which are actually growing by the way).

    The education community is sleeping at their switches and kids are getting less and less real science at school. That is one major reason these global goofballs get any ear at all.

    If anyone has some concrete suggestions as to how to take these turkeys down, post to this (while it’s up) or tweet @DanzGeorge. We need to give thought to this very soon before it gets out of hand. Just REMEMBER, WE THE PEOPLE are Sovereign in the USA, not the UN, and not any carnivorous NGO.

    • PATRIOT.WW48

      While I agree, it’s already out-of-hand. The Ballot-Box is lost. Not enough Conservatives have won in Primaries. So even if the Re-Pubs win the senate, virtually nothing will change as the “Piles-of-Rino-Dung(republican insiders)” are taking us to socialism @ 50mph while the demo’s are taking us to Marxism @ 100mph. Which is why Thomas Jefferson told us about “THE-TREE-of-Liberty” A day of reckoning draws nigh. the weak must be strong, so the guilty pay

    • PATRIOT.WW48

      “When in the course of human events”….”I have come to the conclusion that 1 useless man is a disgrace, that 2 become a law firm, and that 3 or more become a Congress” John Adams. “Government is not reason, it is not eloquent; It is force” George Washington….”When the roll is called in the Senate the Senators do not know weather to answer Present or NOT GUILTY” Theodore Roosevelt.

      • PATRIOT.WW48

        “Freedom was not a Bastard. Freedom was Birthed when CURCH & STATE were still Married” JOHN ADAMS

    • ThinkItThrough

      You realize that this article is written by someone working for an NGO? And this NGO, CFACT, had a $5 million budget in 2012 and paid their communications director $156,000. You can look it up.

      • Greg Perterson

        So? It doesn’t make their statements false.

        • alpha2actual

          Money corrupts, Big Money corrupts absolutely. Besides the amounts cited dwarf those attributed to Evil Big Oil/Koch meme.

          Gus Hall, National chairman of the Communist Party: “Human society cannot basically stop the destruction of the environment under capitalism. Socialism is the only structure that makes it possible.”

          Christine Stewart Canadian Environment Minister said, “No matter if the science is all phony, there are collateral environmental benefits . . . Climate change provides the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world.”

          Louis Proyect of Columbia University, “The answer to global warming is in the abolition of private property and production for human need. A socialist world would place an enormous priority on alternative energy sources. This is what ecologically-minded socialists have been exploring for quite some time now.”

          Havel Wolf member of the Seattle Audubon Society says: “The Communist Party USA’s environmental program “presents a viable plan to carry out on the long march to socialism.”

          According to A Layman’s Guide to Anthropogenic (Man-Made) Global Warming

          “Fear of AGW provides a way to engage everyone in the movement. Socialists of all stripes no longer have to spew Marxist notions that turn most people off; now, they can talk the science of global warming and hurricanes and massive floods and such, and, using fear, trample the average guy into their socialist goals of stifling capitalism, growth, and having the government take over the economy through this environmental back-door.”

      • alpha2actual

        When self-righteous victims of Educated Incapacity insist that Big Oil outspends the poor little greenies, keep in mind the mountains of IRS Form 990s filed by thousands of groups, land trusts, lawyer outfits, foundations, and agenda-makers, just waiting for America to wake up and smell Big Green’s untold hundreds of billions

        U.S. environmental activist groups are a $13-billion-a-year industry. The most-neglected of all money sources in Big Green: “The liberal foundations that give targeted grants to Big Green operations have well over $100 billion at their disposal.” That figure is confirmed in the Foundation Center database of the Top 100 Foundations. But how much actually gets to environmental groups? The Giving USA Institute’s annual reports show $80.4 BILLION in giving to environmental recipients from 2000 to 2012. Under President Obama, government agencies have poured tens of millions into nonprofit groups for anti-hydrocarbon campaigns. Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman adds, “The federal government is currently spending $2.6 billion [per year] on climate change research (and only those who support the “carbon dioxide is a pollutant/major greenhouse gas’ receive funding).” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and found $147.3 million in assets while environmental donor Gordon E. and Betty I. Moore Foundation posted $5.2 billion. The legal branch of Big Green is varied. Earthjustice, (formerly Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund) raked in $133.8 million in the past five years – comparable to many similar law organizations. Highly litigative attack groups receiving federal settlements are numerous and thriving, such as the Center for Biological Diversity ($29.2 million in the past five years).

    • mjw1952

      NGOs are a growing problem? Are you kidding? They are the solution. The growing problem are the oligarch’s who want to control the capital structure of the world to make themselves rich and to hell with everyone else.

    • senior74

      UN Agenda 21 is still working in the back ground!!! Plans for a Communist one world government!! NO one is mentioning it tho. I found a great source of info at democratsagainstunagenda21.com she is a liberal, speaks at tea party groups. My thought is if the site gets passed on to liberals, they are more apt to listen. Too bad the conservative politician were passing the word on, we may win!

    • zn

      NGOs “have almost as much dough as the government in some cases”. Hahaha. What? If Doctors Without Borders had a trillion dollar budget, then the world would be a far, far, far, better place.

  • PATRIOT.WW48

    Mulatto-Marxist-Muslin………..As to the ‘peoples climate march’…… Long-Haired, Maggot-Infested, Dope-Smoken’, F.M.-Type, Environmentalist-Wackos. They all need to be Jimmy Hoffa’d

    • Tyrone Paul Ponthieux

      lets have a fullon shootout revolution, and make it count this time! lets do it right. the 14th amendment to our constitution was never ratified, it was put in at gunpoint. thus meaning, that it must be taken out. it is illegal. we have to take this country back people! now is the time. tomorrow is way too late!!!!!!!

      • PATRIOT.WW48

        the day of reckoning draws nigh. let the weak be strong and the guilty pay

      • zn

        You sound crazy. You know this, right?

  • Tyrone Paul Ponthieux

    you bet the American “sheeple” have their heads so far up their asses, that they need glass stomachs to see where they are going! it is really pathetic how Americans really are!

  • Rapparree

    Couldn’t someone hire the Goodyear blimp to cruise over this riffraff displaying a view of Niagra Falls and triggering a mass bathroom exodus?

    • alpha2actual

      The point ?

  • Greg Perterson

    Ask anyone of these useless idiots what the end goal is; if they’re honest they’ll say what the leaders try to mask : WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION

    • alpha2actual

      Quote by Club of Rome: “In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill….All these dangers are caused by human intervention….and thus the “real enemy, then, is humanity itself….believe humanity requires a common motivation, namely a common adversary in order to realize world government. It does not matter if this common enemy is “a real one or….one invented for the purpose.”

    • senior74

      Right!! It’s a ploy to further UN Agenda 21, the plan to make even America part of a Communist one world government. total control over everything including humans. Funny on one of the signs in the march it says the Peoples march. There is a web site Peoples World which is a communist news site. A great site for info on UN Agenda 21 is democratsagainstunagenda21.com so IF the word gets out, even the liberals hate this idea!

  • alpha2actual

    Greedy Big 0il/Koch Brothers, I think not. Top 100 Foundations. But how much actually gets to environmental groups?

    Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman adds, “The federal government is currently spending $2.6 billion [per year] on climate change research (and only those who support the “carbon dioxide is a pollutant/major greenhouse gas’ receive funding).”

    USGCRP 2012-2021 Strategic Plan. This ten-year interagency strategic plan is built around four strategic goals: Advance Science, Inform Decisions, Conduct Sustained Assessments, and Communicate and Educate. In addition to these four goals, the plan emphasizes the importance of national and international partnerships that leverage Federal investments and provide for the widest use of program results. The plan builds on the program’s strengths in integrated observations, modeling, and information services for science that serves societal needs. http://downloads.globalchange.gov/strategic-plan/2012/usgcrp-strategic-plan-2012.pdf

    Increased Investment in DOE Climate Change Technology activities. The Budget proposes $6.2 billion for clean energy technology programs at the Department of Energy, 44 percent more than the 2013 enacted level. The Department’s funding supports a wide range of important research, development, and deployment activities on key technologies such as solar, wind, nuclear, and carbon capture and storage. Highlights include:

    • $2.8 billion for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) to accelerate research and development, to build on ongoing successes, and to further reduce the costs and increase the use of critical clean energy technologies. Within EERE, the Budget invests $957 million to increase the affordability and convenience of advanced vehicles and domestic renewable fuels and $615 million in innovative projects to make clean, renewable power, such as solar energy and off-shore wind, more easily integrated into the electric grid and as affordable as electricity from conventional sources, without subsidies. It also more than doubles funding to $885 million for energy efficiency and advanced manufacturing activities to help reduce energy use and costs in commercial and residential buildings, in the industrial and business sectors, and in Federal buildings and fleets.

    • $379 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to support transformational research in clean energy in areas such as solar energy, energy storage, carbon capture and storage, and advanced biofuels.

    The 2014 Budget proposes $2.7 billion for the USGCRP to support the goals set forth in the program’s current strategic plan. These activities can be grouped under the following areas: improve our knowledge of Earth’s past and present climate variability and change; improve our understanding of natural and human forces of climate change; improve our capability to model and predict future conditions and impacts; assess the Nation’s vulnerability to current and anticipated impacts of climate change; and improve the Nation’s ability to respond to climate change by providing climate information and decision support tools that are useful to policymakers and the general public. Reports and general information about thce USGCRP are available on the program’s website, http://www.globalchange.gov.

    Charitable Organizations are required to file IRS Form 990.

  • ninetyninepct

    If in fact a truck driver working for one of our customers did attend this BS as he claimed he would, he will be fired as he walks in the door at work in the next few days. His boss will tell him to go get a job that doesn’t rely on oil energy. His truck driving job does, and since he doesn’t believe in diesel fuel he will be out of a job. The word will get around the trucking industry here pretty quickly, so he might be in for a hungry cold winter. Don’t know if he has any kids. That would really suck.

  • Scottar

    It’s the bad, the butt ugly and the insane on parade.