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Climate Activist: AGW Campaigners "Complicit" in Political "Deceit"?

George Marshall is definitely not your average AGW skeptic. His blog is titled “Climate Change Denial” (albeit in the psychopatological sense, rather than Nazi). And yet, his Dec 18, 2009, blog post is painfully open about what happened during COP15, and in general, what is happening to the whole AGW movement:

the official negotiations invariably take place behind closed doors, and the real negotiations – the ones required for the self-serving compromise that will appear magically in the very last hour – take place in hotel rooms. Our presence as invited delegates from civil society makes us complicit in this deceit

the NGOs replicate the same inequalities as the larger process- the key decisions are made by a small clique of white specialists and presented to the unconsulted global representatives in the audience

Outside society may be permitted to speak in the streets around the conference- albeit in a suitably stage managed and marginal fashion – but the conference has absolutely no interest in how it speaks back.

these conferences occur in a constructed reality of concerned global citizenship and have no comprehension that the future of the world’s climate depends on winning over the voters of Oklahoma.

And so, looking back on Copenhagen, I have to ask: who were all those banners, posters, photo exhibits, polar bears, melting ice statues, video installations really talking to? Did they persuade the doubting heartlands that this was their issue, or did they reinforce the widespread suspicion that this is an inward looking and irrelevant faith? And why are we too absorbed by the pilgrimage to ever ask this question?

0 replies on “Climate Activist: AGW Campaigners "Complicit" in Political "Deceit"?”

“George Marshall is definitely not your average AGW skeptic”???
He worked for Greenpeace, writes for the Guardian, describes himself as an “anarcho-fogey” and makes a living giving training courses to government departments on how to deal with climate denialism. If he didn’t exist, Delingpole would have had to invent him.
Interesting, though, how he places himself on the anarchist wing of the movement, yet reserve his bile in the article you cite for precisely the grassroots protesting youth movement which he and others have done so much to propagate, using state subsidies from their psycho-consultancy work in order to create the mirage of a popular movement. (May I call them Kropotkin Village People?)
Off-topic, I’ve just put in my nomination for the Observer Ethical Awards, nominating Climate Resistance as Ethical Campaigner of the Year. I hesitated long, but decided they needed the prize ( a Green recycling holiday in Europe) more than you or the Bishop. Sorry.

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