Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Polar Bear Propaganda

Yes, that's right. It's this photograph again. I have already written about the origins of this picture on this blog and exposed it for the benign nature photo that it is. Taken in summer, during a period of unusually heavy ice for the season, according to the dispatches of the crew of the ship from which it was taken. But this clip from ABC News in Australia demonstrates just how many media outlets (and Al Gore) have used this photo for global warming propaganda purposes, despite the fact that it does not depict the catastrophic scenario they describe. Most of what people know about global warming comes from the media - do they know that the media lie?


Friendly Ghost said...

There is an important social principle that is currently being violated by many manufacturing activities: the principle that, while engaged in a profit-making activity, one must not leave a mess behind for the rest of society to clean up.

This principle is understood in a societal context as common decency, but is continually breached in our economy to such an extent that nobody even objects!

The easiest example is that of mineral water and soft-drink manufacturers, who sell a product that results in a consumer who usually discards a non-biodegradable PET bottle into the environment in an unregulated manner.

We should mobilize citizens to demand legislation that every manufacturer must repurchase/collect and recycle as many tonnes of raw material as he uses on a week-by-week basis. For example, if a mineral-water manufacturer uses ten tonnes of plastics per week to manufacture bottles, he MUST buy back ten tonnes of plastic scrap and safely recycle it. The same goes for automobile manufacturers, who must buy back that many tonnes of metals, plastics, glass etc. every week, and find ways to recycle them. The cost may be met by raising the market price of their product... but the responsibility to make the recycling activity happen MUST be fixed on the manufacturer of every product.

The same goes for manufacturers of tyres, batteries, plastic goods, newspapers, clothes, chemicals, auto-lubricant oils, etc. The list is long.

And if this makes some manufacturing and marketing processes unviable, it means that their economic activity was unviable in the first place, and was sustainable only by passing on hidden costs to the environment, to society, to consumers etc !

Many industrial activities are environmentally and socially subsidized to keep them economically profitable. Let us lobby governments to knock off that subsidy and see how many activities remain sustainable!

I propose peaceful demonstrations to remedy this

Small groups of citizens shall collect the branded packaging material of various manufacturers from the environment, and delivering them in large bundles every week to their corporate offices. It belongs to them, right? So let them have it back!

A peaceful demonstration like this, sustained over some weeks, would make a powerful statement. I think this will make a powerful media impact as well... and thereby, an impact on the consciousness of people.

What say? I would appreciate your detailed responses to this idea.

Warm Regards

Anonymous said...

A Friendly Ghost you cute piece of flotsom. I love how people say "It's OK to do something and raise prices on goods because then xyz process can be done by abc corporation and the environment will be saved.

One fatal flaw in that statement and why it's completely asinine is that raising prices affects poor people. Maybe a $1 increase means nothing to you, but it could mean breaking the bank for lower income individuals.

I guess if you can afford it, it's OK, but poor people can just bite it, right?

You're a fool.

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dea said...

A Friendly Ghost you cute piece of flotsom.