Readers may recall that in June 2013 I had stumbled across a “survey” described as:
United Nations Development Program (UNDP) announced an “innovative initiative” in which participants from around the world are invited to vote on what the priorities should be in a post-2015 world
Action taken on climate change was at the very bottom of this “priority list”. I checked again in early May of 2014, and action taken on climate change had not budged from bottom of the heap.
Nor had this bottom of the priority heap position changed when I checked again in early December of 2014.
Consequently, prompted – and somewhat puzzled – by a post at WUWT, which was entitled: “Quote of the week: climate awareness one of the ‘greatest human achievements’”, I decided it was time I revisited this survey and its results. Here’s what I found:
Strange that one of the ‘greatest human achievements’ should still be at the very bottom of the world’s priority heap, is it not?!
So where on Gaia’s green earth could:
Adam Frank … co-founder of the 13.7 blog, an astrophysics professor at the University of Rochester, a book author and a self-described “evangelist of science.”
have picked up his completely beyond reason perspective?! In case you were wondering, btw, the “13.7 blog” is an arm, hand, finger or something of the US NPR (National Public Radio), which purports to proffer “Cosmos And Culture COMMENTARY ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY”.
Oh, well … perhaps over-the-top fact-free assertions are the latest and greatest in the field of “astrophysics” – particularly among its practitioners who call themselves “evangelists”?! Who knows, eh?! Then again, it might be within the realm of possibility that Frank had stumbled across that which seems to be a “by-product” of the UNDP’s “MyWorld” data collection.
You see, when I visited “MyWorld” today (Sep. 10), I noticed in their “banner” a parallel link to something called “Peoples’ Voices Challenge”:
So, my mouse and I took a hop, skip and a jump** over to the Peoples’ Voices Challenge, and look what we found! Suddenly – via miracle of something or other – “Action taken on climate change” had literally leaped from absolute bottom to TOP of the list:
** Probably more by good luck than anything, my mouse and I happened to land on the above so-called “heat map of the issue” which floated “Action taken on climate change” to the very top of the list. But, for the record, here’s the path we fortuitously followed:
- From: http://data.myworld2015.org/
- Go to: http://peoplesvoiceschallenge.org/
- Click either of the: Access the data links
- From the left-hand menu, click the second item from the top; i.e. “MY World PRIORITIES MAP”. If you’re lucky, this will present you with a page on the right hand side that reads as follows:
Visualization tool: The MY World Priorities Heat Map shows each MY World priority, disaggregated by percentage of votes per country in the visual representation of the world. This tool will also allow you to cross-compare the priorities of three distinct countries, and more easily view differences in priorities.
Now, simply click the link in the above and – miracle of miracles – you will find that “Action taken on climate change” is at the very top of the list.
Meanwhile, unfortunately, even though this ever-evolving list of “priorities” was created long after the UN honchos became aware of a rapidly growing population of refugees in the Middle East, as a potential priority they didn’t seem to make the cut.
Certainly, from time to time there have been UN pleas for funds to assist the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) in meeting the needs of refugees. And of course an ongoing – but hardly justified – UN generated saga of the plight of the Palestinians, which the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA) has failed to ameliorate since 1948, notwithstanding an annual infusion of funds (which far exceeds those allocated for the resettlement of any other refugees.)
Furthermore, as Soren Kern recently noted:
Germany and Sweden are the final destinations of choice for most migrants, lured by the generous benefits they can claim and the governments’ message that refugees are welcome in unlimited numbers.
If sustained indefinitely, the open-door immigration policies could draw potentially millions of Muslims into Europe from the Middle East and North Africa.
Every European country is being affected by the migration crisis in one way or another. What follows is a brief survey of developments in selected countries.
Do read the whole of Kern’s article. And for another perspective on the situation in Germany, see also Germany’s Appeasement of Radical Islam which spells out the views of Vijeta Uniyal, who is a current affairs analyst based in Germany.
But, stepping back for a moment … On the “climate change” vs unmet needs of an alarmingly increasing number of refugees front, so to speak … Here’s a radical thought exercise …
Can you even begin to imagine how much better off all these refugees would be if the UN had decided to forgo even half of the glitzy “climate change” gatherings of thousands over the last 20+ years? So that the funds expended could have been re-directed towards meeting the immediate needs of the real refugees that the UN’s bureaucratic and highly paid personnel have – in no small measure – in effect, created and perpetuated.
At the very least, surely serious consideration should be given to cancelling the next BIG gathering in Paris, the run-up to which Geoff Chambers reports that (my bold -hro):
President Hollande has just given a 25 minute speech to launch December’s COP21 Paris Climate Conference. It was such a monument of scientific, economic and geopolitical stupidity that I thought I’d preserve it for posterity here. Here are some extracts, which I’ll update and translate when I can.
A few points to note. [Hollande] apparently believes that:
– the point of the conference is to reduce global temperatures by 2°C.
– smart meters, subsidies for home insulation, electric cars and public transport will make people richer
– the majority of refugees are fleeing climate change
.. and he’s calling on the Minister of Education to hold Climate Weeks in schools, with debates simulating COP21 and the election of “eco-delegates”…
All those in favour of postponing planned plenaries of platitudes in Paris, indefinitely, please raise your hand in the comments below!