Even Kumi Naidoo, the boss of Greenpeace, has to admit that the environmental movement is fast losing momentum. Both governments and ordinary citizens all over are ignoring the doomsday scenarios of the eco-loonies. But Naidoo has not given up. Now he wants to enlist the Pope as his ally in the fight against "the failures of Western economic development":
Naidoo: We could do this with the help of religion. Ideally, the Pope should ask the people: Do you really think God would bury oil and coal for extraction as the only option to produce energy? There are enough other sources of energy that are way easier to harvest: sun, wind and water to name only three. .When you look at the damage and destruction that needs to take place to source dirty energy, I think instinctively a human recognizes that this is wrong.
One must only hope that there are some cooler minds among the Pope´s advisers, who will see to it, that Naidoo and his eco-fanatic colleagues are kept at arm´s length.
Der Spiegel´s much too deferential interview contains another revealing reply:
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Greenpeace is increasingly advising large companies on environmental issues. Isn't this strategy akin to sleeping with the enemy?
Naidoo: No. It would be a tactical error not to advise those companies or to avoid working with them. We welcome these relationships. Every ally for protecting the environment is important. We're better able to achieve our goals in partnership, not in opposition. And it is increasingly the case that the companies are coming to us. They hope to prevent us from starting campaigns against them. Greenpeace has long maintained a position of no permanent allies or enemies: We keep a neutral position.
Read the entire interview here
Here we have the boss of Greenpeace openly admitting what is the basis for Greenpeace´s co-operation with business leaders: Greenpeace is in a position to threaten the survival of their companies. Naidoo openly boasts that " They hope to prevent us from starting campaigns against them".
This exactly the same "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse" business model that the soft image eco-fundamentalists at the WWF are using.
Regrettably, some of Pope Benedict XVI´s statements, seem to attract the kind of "allies" - like Greeenpeace - which are definitively not in the long term interest of the Catholic church:
In responding to climate change, Caritas Australia is guided by Pope Benedict XVI and the communities we are mandated to serve. It is the poorest of the poor who experience the worst of climate change.
In the Pope's 2010 World Day of Peace Message, he said: "... can we remain indifferent before the problems associated with such realities as climate change, desertification, the deterioration and loss of productivity in vast agricultural areas, the pollution of rivers and aquifers, the loss of biodiversity, the increase of natural catastrophes and the deforestation of equatorial and tropical regions?"
In Caritas in Veritate, Pope Benedict again speaks of an "intergenerational justice". He says, "We must recognise our grave duty to hand on the Earth to future generations in such a condition that they can worthily inhabit it and continue to cultivate it".
The papal view on climate change is echoed by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference: "We urge Catholics as a matter of conscience to co-operate in facing global warming as one of the major issues of our time and take roles of responsibility proper to them.