I have just got an email from fightforthefuture: With the news that Google’s former CEO, Eric Schmidt, is being discussed for positions, and that former Facebook leaders are acting as advisors on the transition team, we need to act fast to make sure corporate lobbyists and execs don’t get appointed to positions of power within the administration. — … and I, the author of this page, personally do not welcome a fromer Google CEO in such a position either as Google still censors its search results for my pages: see my previous messages about it (or: click on ‘type: new’ in ViewRSS). Facebook on the other hand is even worse. With Facebook Basics they wanted to abolish the free internet (net neutrality) by offering Facebook-only internet at uncompetitively low rates that would force competitors to surrender starting with developing countries.
It is a pity that the corporate responisbility initiative in Switzerland has lacked the majority of cantons although a majority of people voted in favour of the initiative. If we look for France then a binding supply chain law is already reality. Even the European Union has announced to publish a draft law for 2021.
As the following article from the Guardian shows it is a real threat that Joe Biden could hire fossil fuel cronies to implement climate protection. That sounds weird and would fail for sure. The linked petition tells Joe Biden to nominate a fossil free cabinet which then needs to be confirmed by the Senate. Leaders should ideally be free of corporate influence, especially from the fossil fuels. The petition embraces the nominees for key positions like the Secretaries of Agriculture, Interior, and Energy, as well as who will lead the EPA under Biden.
The EU wants to burn our forests for energy production. This is madness. There is already not enough sustainably harvestable wood for furniture and construction, which is why plastic is used more often. The wood to be burned would then come at least indirectly from the clear cutting of primary forests from abroad. The boreal forests also know other enemies such as toilet paper, which is made from paper that has not been recycled. The loss, especially that of primeval forests, is a big problem for climate protection and not its solution! Stop felling Canada’s centuries-old forest giants for lumber!
There has been a globalization due to the rise and pervasiveness of new communication techniques, especially the internet. We see this type of globalization in a very positive way as it interconnects people from different parts of the world and can raise awareness for the living circumstances of people from elsewhere. It can be used to communicate important information globally and rapidly. — However there has also been a globalization due to the proliferation of the neoliberal economic model. As we know it fosters inequality and environmental destruction. Neoliberalism can be seen as “greed by ideology”. Unfortunately the spread of neoliberalism is so often sugarcoated as “globalization” that both words are nowadays most often used as synonyms.