EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR TUESDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2022
COP27 Is FLOP27, but Leadership Drive Strengthens for a New Economic and Peace Framework
Nov. 21, 2022 (EIRNS)—COP27 concluded Nov. 20 as FLOP27. Formally, the release of its joint statement may have saved some pretense of continuation of the 30-year-long dirty operation (started at the UN Rio Earth Summit in 1992), but that’s all it is. The air is hissing out of the green balloon.
The assertion by many nations of the Global South, of their rights to sovereignty and care for their populations, along with moves by the BRICS, EAEU, China, and others, overrode the core fake science COP series narratives, and bullying by the imperial green networks. As one African spokesman said of the green dictates and dictators, “They drink wine, they tell us to drink water.” No more.
The COP27 joint statement, instead of customary deadlines and commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and bring on depopulation, had significantly less bite and blather. This was bemoaned yesterday by the chairman of last year’s COP26 Glasgow session, British Tory MP Alok Sharma who asked, where is the “Clear follow-through on the phase-down of coal. Not in this text. Clear commitment to phase out all fossil fuels. Not in this text.” And so on.
Moreover, what the COP27 ratified instead was the concept of setting up an international fund to help poorer nations defray “Loss and Damages” and help mitigate and adapt to climate change. (At its best, “adaption” can mean building a dam if you live in a flood zone!)
This was opposed vehemently by London, Washington, and Brussels, the home of rules-based green orders and Global NATO, too. But the tide has turned against them. For example, on Nov. 15, the BRICS nations climate envoys issued a joint statement favoring the “Loss and Damages” fund concept. They called for “substantial progress towards the establishment of a financial mechanism for Loss and Damage....”
In the end, the U.S. caved in, in the face of this leadership action, and stopped opposing the “Loss and Damages” act. Perhaps it was an omen that top U.S. Climate Action envoy John Kerry contracted COVID-19 at COP27. As for financing the fund, sure, no one presumes the commitment will be honored. That’s not the point.
What this COP27 episode reflects is another sign of the growing leadership shift in the world toward exerting sanity. Uganda President Yoweri Museveni tweeted at one point in the process, “it is morally bankrupt for Europeans to expect to take Africa’s fossil fuels for their own energy production, but refuse to countenance African use of those same fuels for theirs.”
There is no time to lose. The danger of sparking a nuclear war continues at high tension. Over the weekend, Ukraine was again shelling the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. That’s bad enough, but consider the insanity of the two statements issued yesterday by Raphael Grossi, the Director General of the IAEA. The first one stated, strictly according to the rules-based narrative that Ukraine can do no wrong: “Golly, I wonder who could have done the shelling, and do they not know the risks?” The second Grossi statement said, “Don’t worry. The shelling has not hit anything to release any radioactivity.” Not this time!
The dialogue for policies and action to end this evil and stupidity is now taking off, furthered so uniquely over the past few years at the policy conferences by the Schiller Institute, commissioned by its founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche, and especially through her concept of the Committee for the Coincidence of Opposites, going back to Nicholas Cusanus. Look at the coalescence of groupings coming in motion together. For example, in Germany on Nov. 24, there will be simultaneous motorcade protests in 18 cities, coordinated by the Entrepreneurs’ Revolt, with connections going back and forth between German and French cities. In turn, these connections extend, via farmers in motion, into the Americas, north and south, and into India, and so on. The Nov. 24 protest German “issues” are fundamental: settle the Ukraine conflict; stop the energy and food crisis; fight price inflation, end the sanctions, and so on. They condemn lawmakers’ practicing “politics out of touch with reality.”
Leading the charge are those with the LaRouche movement’s Schiller Institute conference Tuesday, Nov. 22, “Stop the Danger of Nuclear War Now.” (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST) This is the “Third Seminar of the Political and Social Leaders of the World.” Attend. Follow up. Join the mobilization.