Tim Costello addressed a rally today for the ‘Say Yes’ campaign. I agree with his comment
The poorest, the most vulnerable are already being the most impacted
Exactly – climate change policies around the world (enacted and proposed) will mostly affect the world’s poor. Already climate change policies are diverting resources from helping to feed and shelter the world’s poor (and especially to provide clean drinking water) to fashionable climate change mitigation which harm the poor.
We know that China’s growth will lead to large increases in carbon dioxide emissions – yet Tim Costello would seem to prefer for the Chinese to remain poor.
World Vision Australia is losing the plot – instead of focusing on its core expertise of delivering aid and helping poor people, it instead is diverting its precious resources to climate change advocacy and ‘climate friendly’ policies and those which allow people such as Carbon Cate to offset their CO2 emissions by reducing the standards of living of the world’s poor. In effect – like those environmentalists who argue against GM food – World Vision Australia is now working against the interests of the poor.
It is an exquisite irony. People enjoying the benefits of high standards of living, suffering pangs of guilt, wringing their hands at the circumstances of the poor, and then advocating policies that embed poverty.
A much better approach by World Vision would be to advocate for free trade, reduced corruption and policies which aid in adaptation rather than mitigation. Rich countries can adapt – so we need to follow policies that help the poor to become rich. The exact opposite of what World Vision Australia appears to be be doing.