by Judi McLeod, Canadafreepress.com
February 22, 2005
The Kyoto Protocol, which came into effect on February 16, 2005 in a blaze of celebrations, proves the power and might of obscure Canadian, Maurice Strong.
as one of its prime architects, Strong helped lay the groundwork for Kyoto at the United Nations 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Under the Kyoto Protocol to that year's UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), industrialized nations are to reduce their combined emissions of six major greenhouse gases during the five-year period from 2008 to 2012 to below 1990 levels.
Never mind that Kyoto mandates reductions in carbon dioxide emissions to combat an as yet unproven global warming threat, or that the treaty is predicted to plunge nations into economic ruin.
So far, some 128-member states have ratified the accord, with the two largest countries in the world, Russia and Canada expected to follow suit.
No mean feat for a man you mostly read about on the Internet.
If Maurice Strong, depending on which day of the week it is can be found hustling in the corridors of United Nations headquarters, or ensconced in the offices of Prime Minister Paul Martin, can be the Pied Piper of Kyoto, consider the impact of his next encore.
along with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, Strong is joint chairperson of something that sounds almost as vague as the Kyoto Protocol did in opening chapters. That something is called the Earth Charter Initiative.
Bringing the Earth Charter Initiative in from the ether for a closer look, it is a combination of chairmanships. The chairmanship of Gorbachev's Green Cross Organization and Strong's Earth Council chairmanship.
Both the Earth Council and Green Cross emerged from the Earth Summit Conference in Rio.
Yes, Virginia most everything that came along in the new millennium originated at Rio.
The Earth Charter intends, among other things, to replace the age-old Ten Commandments.
It's not as if Gorbachev is still the president of a faraway foreign country. With offices at San Francisco and in downtown Washington, the former leader of a communist country comes equipped with a mandate to shut down american military bases.
Strong may be almost unknown to the unwashed masses, but he's at the left hand of more than Kofi's throne.
according to Strong's own account, it was he who dragged Gorbachev out of his self-professed atheism by noticing before anyone else the Russian's affinity to "spirituality".
"While Gorbachev was still Secretary-general of the Communist Party and President of the Soviet Union, you could read in his many statements some first clues as to his real interest in the environment and his interest in spirituality," Strong told Prophecy Magazine, May-June 2000 in an exclusive interview. "What interested me while he was still in office was to see the number of times that he mentioned the importance of spiritual life, of spirituality. He didn't talk about religion, but he talked about spirituality. Later, as I got to know him, it was quite clear that he has a real spiritual orientation. It is also clear that he had a deep interest in the environmental issue, both personally and in the sense of being one of the early people amongst world leaders to recognize its importance to world peace and security, as well as the future of humanity."
asked to define spirituality in a global context, Strong responded by saying, "Well, everyone will have his own definition, but I define spirituality as that set of forces which links us to the source of all life in the cosmos. People define it in different ways, through religions and through philosophies. But fundamentally, it really addresses the link between us as human beings and the larger forces that created us, which regulate our life and into which we ultimately return."
Those who laughed at Maurice Strong for coming up with an Enron-like credits exchange system at the heart of the Kyoto Protocol, aren't laughing now.
The unthinkable seems unstoppable where global custodians Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev are concerned.
Harry Potter's got nothing on this deadly duo that are well on their way to morphing Moses.
Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: [email protected]