The destruction of forests was once thought of as an insoluble global problem. But two new funds offer a glimmer of hope for us all.
In recent years the Brazilians and the Indonesians got a lot of stick from the “developed world” for the destruction of their forests. But they were not the only ones. Just as the
The FT published a two page feature on the wanton destruction of
It was a matter of time before the Global Community stepped into action. Hank Spouter, spokesman for Oil Companies for Forest Justice, was first to call a press conference. “There has been a terrible omission by the UN in its plans to help developing nations fight destruction of forest. They’ve left out
“As a developing nation,
Professor Des Binge, News International Professor for Cultural Studies, added his voice. “
Offers came rolling in, and within weeks a USD 100 billion Global Canada Development Fund was established to support
But things did not stop there. People realised that multinationals like Shell, which were raping those forests and wetlands, were also suffering gross hardship. They had been forced, by outrageously unfair global economic conditions, to shed their decency, moral values, and any semblance of civilisation they had. Like starving beggars, desperate for nourishment, they rejected their own humanity and resorted to bestial depravity for sheer survival. The employees of Shell, once proud standard bearers of this Anglo-Dutch institution, now had to resort to scrabbling about the chilly tundra of
So the Global Community stood up against this kind of injustice. A USD 50 billion Oil Company Hardship Fund was quickly raised to support Shell and its peers in their hour of need. The Fund started by distributing to each and every shareholder and employee a Christmas food hamper and a winter heating voucher.
“With the Global Canada Development Fund and the Oil Company Hardship Fund,” said Professor Binge, “the world is a brighter and better place. It is heart-warming to see justice done on such a grand scale. Merry Christmas.”
1. Only 10% according to the FT