13 December 2007

gendercc - More Global Warming Nonsense

Just when I thought that the global warming / climate change discussion could not get any stranger (or pointless), I read about the gender aspects of climate change. I found it on Neal Boortz’s site first, and could not resist reading the press release myself. It reports that:

The women meeting in Bali with gendercc demand that a future climate regime be designed in a framework of gender equality and sustainability guidelines, instead of being driven by dominant economic factors.
Ulrike Roehr, presumably with gendercc, states:
“We need to question the dominant perspective focusing mainly on technologies and markets, and put caring and justice in the centre of the measures and mechanisms.”
One thing to notice here is that these two statements would purposefully replace more measurable things (economic factors, markets and technology) with feeling-based aspects (gender equality, caring, and justice – which I think probably is meant as social justice, a term of hydra-like definition). The bottom line of this kind of thinking is why should people attack a problem in measurable ways when feeling through them might make a group of people…feel better? What claptrap!

But what this is really about it money. One of the bullet points from the gender advocates (though one wonders why they use the word gender…one must suppose that women are the only sex with gender) states quite clearly what is at stake:

Allocate 20% of all donor funds to be earmarked for activities and projects addressing women and designed and implemented by women and gender experts.

Or, in the words of a Bali participant, "Don’t rely on the carbon market! Women have not benefited from it."

See, when it comes right down to it, the gendercc really wants the money that is being thrown at other “solutions,” like carbon trading and offsets. And they’re not asking for all of the money, just 20 per cent.

My question to the gendercc-ers is: how did you offset the carbon emissions you dumped while traveling to the Bali conference? Or will that be done, in some gender-friendly way, after you get your 20 per cent?

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