Oxfam’s Climate Lie

As a student of international law, and a longtime supporter of human rights everywhere, I can only condemn the cavalier use of facts and truth by Oxfam in its pursuit of an AGW-based agenda.

From Oxfam’s “Climate Wrongs and Human Rights: Putting people at the heart of climate-change policy“:

In the opening remarks, the present tense:

In failing to tackle climate change with urgency, rich countries are effectively violating the human rights of millions of the world’s poorest people. Continued excessive greenhouse-gas emissions primarily from industrialised nations are – with scientific certainty – creating floods, droughts, hurricanes, sea-level rise, and seasonal unpredictability. The result is failed harvests, disappearing islands, destroyed homes, water scarcity, and deepening health crises, which are undermining millions of peoples’ rights to life, security, food, water, health, shelter, and culture

In Chapter 1, “How climate change undermines human rights“, the future tense.

Look for example at table 2 “Current and projected impacts of climate change upon human rights“.

I simply cannot find any “current impact” listed in there. Since Oxfam can only talk about “future impacts“, there is no climate-related violation of human rights at present.

The statement in the opening remarks is wrong. In fact, it’s a lie.

I have done a fair bit of work with Amnesty International in the past, and I do remember how important it was (and still is) to stick to facts and ascertained truths, as every lie and every fantasy, even if based on good intent, would inevitably bite back, discrediting the organization and its causes.

And so: if Oxfam is truly worried about future impacts on human rights, it should talk about future impacts on human rights. The fact that it feels compelled to masquerade them instead as present impacts shows that Oxfam doesn’t have a strong enough case to present.

  1. 2009/01/27 at 12:23

    i will like to recive reportds on the environemntal change and its impacts onthe food security ststus of developing countries. thank you very much and i am satisfied with your information base.

  2. Mohammed
    2009/01/27 at 12:14

    i will like to recive daily notes on the world environmental condition in mail and post in the following addresses.
    Aksum University
    Facuolty of Businees and Economics
    p.o.box +251 287
    tel; +251 347753645
    Aksum ,Ethiopia
    i apppreciate your gennuine support to provide relevant informations, thank you versy much and i hope i will recive your respomnse as soon as possible.

  3. 2008/12/21 at 07:46

    Believing that human activities can change the weather is like believing that the earth is the center of the universe. Human being don’t have that much power just like the earth is not the center of the universe.

    More than 31,000 American scientists have signed onto the Global Warming Petition Project, a petition that urges “the United States government to reject the global warming agreement that was written in Kyoto, Japan in December 1997, and any other similar proposals. The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind.”

    The petition continues:

    There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.

    Unfortunately, since most of the major media are firmly in the AGW fear-mongering camp, this important information has been largely unavailable to the public. It has censored from “news” reports to preserve the myth that there is a “scientific consensus” in support of the rapidly melting AGW theory

  1. 2008/09/10 at 21:04

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