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Old 12-05-2013, 09:27 PM   #1
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Default ‘Nature Is Not for Sale’ Forum Challenges Corporate Push to Financialize the World

‘Nature Is Not for Sale’ Forum Challenges Corporate Push to Financialize the World
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Rejecting the push for the commodification and financialization of nature, an upcoming gathering is offering a counter-narrative to a corporate heavyweight-backed forum on “Natural Capital” that critics charge follows a “vicious paradigm of disaster capitalism.”

Among the organizations heading to conference are BP, Shell, Nestle, Coca Cola and the Inter-American Development Bank, where attendees will talk about putting a price tag on “biodiversity and ecosystems, in order to manage these risks and opportunities and enable a better future for all.”

As organizers explain...
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:56 AM   #2
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Hmmm.... "BP, Shell, Nestle, Coca Cola and the Inter-American Development Bank".... anyone ever watch the movie, 'The Wave'?
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:05 PM   #3
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pawprint As we all know: Follow the money!

Well since this thread is just hanging here kind of idle, I'll just throw in a semi-hi-jack to keep some interest going.

I keep an eye on the talented, Progressive Naomi Klein and this is one of her latest articles that may be of interest to readers here at WG.

Why Aren't Environmental Groups Divesting from Fossil Fuels? | The Nation

It lists a good number of rather large entities, that may or may not continue investments in Fossil Fuel companies.

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Default Ladders on Everest are just the latest step in our commodification of nature

Ladders on Everest are just the latest step in our commodification of nature
By Philip Hoare, The Guardian
Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:57 EDT

Ladders on Everest are just the latest step in our commodification of nature | The Raw Story
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Ladders on Everest? For a place already blighted by litter, fistfights and unburied dead bodies, it’s not so much “health and safety” as “access all areas”. Its greatest hero, Edmund Hillary, declared in 2006, two years before he died: “I think the whole attitude towards climbing Mount Everest has become rather horrifying. The people just want to get to the top.” His successor, Stephen Venables, the first Briton to climb the peak without oxygen, agreed. “The mountain has become a commodity, to be bought and sold like any other,” he said. We humans have come to expect the natural world to come commodified, negotiated, shaped to our needs. From high to low, there’s nowhere we can’t go, nothing we can’t do. In this age of the Anthropocene – the era of human manipulation heralded by the industrial revolution – it is a given that we have tuned the environment to suit ourselves. Dominion is all; human ingenuity has encompassed the planet. Now pass me the phone: “I’m on the mountain.”

What mystery is left when the roof of the world resembles your loft conversion? Or when the third person ever to have descended to the bottom of the world – the Mariana Trench in the Pacific, which is 10km deep – is a movie director, James Cameron? Even outer space, courtesy of Richard Branson, is already becoming a future tourist destination.

Nature is no longer red in tooth and claw, but...
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