By E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D.
October 3, 2011
In recent weeks, news has surfaced about atrocities in Africa and Latin America perpetrated by organizations on quest for carbon credits in the international struggle to prevent global warming.
In Honduras, thirty-two peasant farmers, a journalist, and one other person were allegedly murdered between January 2010 and June 2011 by private security forces working for companies that own palm oil plantations in Honduras, according to the international fact-finding mission report “Human Rights Violations in Bajo Aguán,” released in July.
In Uganda in the last few years, according to The New York Times, over 20,000 people have been pushed off their land to clear the way for the British New Forests Company to plant trees to gain carbon credits. In one instance soldiers working on behalf of the company came into a village, firing guns and ordering everyone to evacuate, then set fire to huts. In one hut, a sick 8-year-old child, whose mother had gone out in search of medicine for him, was burned to death. […]
Highly visible as these instances are, they are the tip of the iceberg of the Green movement’s death toll among the world’s poor—a toll that dwarfs that of the Holocaust and Stalin’s pogroms and purges combined.
The effective banning of DDT—the least expensive and most effective way to control of malaria-spreading mosquitoes—in developing countries perpetuates high rates of malaria over 60 years after developed countries eradicated the disease by DDT’s widespread use. The result? Although the annual number of malaria deaths worldwide is declining, the disease still affects about 250 million people every year and kills nearly 1 million—after many years of a death toll around 2 million per year—about 90 percent in Africa, and mostly children. It’s likely that the West’s prevention of most DDT use in most developing countries from the 1960s onward has cost nearly 50 million otherwise preventable deaths. […]
Many developed countries now promote biofuels as an alternative to fossil fuels in the largely mistaken belief that doing so reduces carbon dioxide emissions. The policy of just one of those nations—the United States—has caused an estimated 192,000 excess deaths in developing countries every year since 2004 because diverting crops to fuels forces food prices up. In the past eight years, that amounts to about 1.5 million deaths. […]
You might think leading Greens would grieve over such death tolls. You might think again. […]
Such ideas—and such consequences—are what Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life, calls in a lecture in the video series Resisting the Green Dragon “The Green Face of the Pro-Death Agenda”.
It’s time for people who respect the sanctity of human life to recognize that the Green movement is one of its worst enemies.