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Karen Harradine: UN’s green dream robs the poor to feed the rich


The United Nations has a green agenda. If you pay tax in the UK you are contributing towards it. The UN publishes glossy self-serving documents extolling the virtue of this agenda, the latest being the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The goals of this initiative include ‘clean water and sanitation’, ‘affordable and clean energy’, ‘sustainable cities and communities’ and ‘climate action’. No matter how well intentioned these are, the evidence shows that this grand project has been of little use to those the UN claims it helps .

Very little information is available on exactly how the money is invested and who benefits from it. No information is offered to indicate if it has been cost-effective and beneficial to the economies and welfare of the 193 countries signed up to it. The lack of accounting here, combined with the very low percentage of success, can lead to only one conclusion: this is another typically wasted and opportunistic initiative by the UN.

Only four out of the 47 least developed nations are on course to achieve their energy targets by 2030. Why? The UN attributes it to lack of access to technology, but if it is investing billions in these nations, as it claims, we need to be suspicious about where this money really goes.
In my almost fifty years of life I have heard many climate-change alarm bells: the world will be flooded, there will be endless drought, we will freeze in another Ice Age and broil because of global warming. We cannot deny that climate change is happening but the endless hours spent sorting out rubbish into myriad recyclable containers is a perfect metaphor for the over-exaggerated reaction to climate change and the painful punishment we have to endure in the West for just living our lives.

In our post-Liberal Puritan age emotions overrule science. This is where a centrist position is needed. We cannot deny that the climate is changing – it is the defining feature of our planet – but at the same time opportunists are making a fortune out of it by capitalising on Western guilt.

The UK already contributes around £83million to the UN annually. This does not include the amount we contribute under the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement, all financed by the UK taxpayer. The West’s collective GDP has fallen while SE Asia’s has risen. Why are we still financing developing countries when our own economies are slowing down?
Many in the UK are struggling with high energy bills. We are being taxed heavily to pay for green energy, both at home and at the UN. Why is a hardworking bricklayer being forced to bankroll a wealthy landowner’s wind farm through the green taxes paid on energy bills? This is a new form of feudalism. It makes no sense to expect the poor to subsidise the rich.

The UN claims that the lack of progress on its green agenda results from gender bias, greed and unsustainable living. But this is a deflection from the reality that the UN is dominated by despots and dictators who are responsible for most of the suffering in our world.

The Third World elite enrich themselves at the expense of their suffering citizens whom they ruthlessly rule. They don’t care about climate change.

I also doubt that any real human rights abuses, such as the roaring slave trade in Libya or the insidious FGM, will ever be alleviated by the UN which, instead, likes to distract us by shovelling our taxes into virtue-signalling climate-change projects. There is no impetus for real change because the corrupt elite fear losing their positions of power and prefer to pontificate at the UN. The real causes of poverty, inequality, suffering and climate change are ignored and the West is admonished for simply being democratic and successful.

Western guilt taxes paid to the UN for solving climate change are enriching the lifestyles of these corrupt elitist governments. These despots will never have any motivation to look after their own citizens if the West does this for them.

But this does not stop the West from signing up to more UN climate-change initiatives. The Green Climate Fund (, like the Sustainable Development project, is another endeavour conceived to fleece the West of more of its money. Under the guise of the Kyoto Protocol the UN established the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund and the Clean Development Mechanics (CDM) to finance, mainly by the West, climate-change projects in developing countries. The UN claims these developing countries cannot reduce carbon emissions on their own as they can’t afford it.

So far the Green Climate Fund has received £7.5billion in pledges. The G7 countries, including the UK, have also committed to providing £314million just for climate risk insurance and warning systems. Under the Paris Agreement developed countries are committed to paying £75billion a year in climate finance to developing nations.

Included in this multiple guilt tax on the West is the ludicrous carbon footprint racket where gullible Westerners are persuaded to send their hard-earned money to countries such as India and Pakistan in an attempt to ease their shame of boarding a plane for their annual holiday.

I am sure some developing countries fit this criterion, but the two countries which benefit most from CDMs are China and North Korea. If China has enough money for its colonial project in Africa then it certainly can finance its own climate-change facilities. I also doubt that any of this money is being used to mitigate the misery and suffering of the North Koreans under the evil regime of Kim Jong-un.

Perhaps if the UN stopped hosting virtue-signalling and self-congratulatory conferences all around the world it might find the statistics for carbon footprints radically reduced. The resources, flights and energy needs for these ubiquitous and useless conferences are enormous. Other than admonishing the West, they never seem to achieve anything to help the anguished and dispossessed.

The UN demonstrates an unwitting irony via its Agenda for Sustainable Living and other green projects. It demands that the West pay for development in the Third World yet spends vast amounts of resources and time admonishing us for causing climate change through our successful economies and industries. This muddled thinking has its roots in the distaste the UN displays for the West. The desperately sad consequence of the UN’s green agenda is that it distracts us from holding to account the despots and dictators who are truly culpable for the inequality, poverty and suffering of billions.

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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