My answer to How can we balance environment protection and economy development?
Answer by Desmond Last:
With a plan that involves the whole world. Not a haphazard agreement that is not mandatory and does not have a time-table of achievement or a verification procedure, which is the John Kerry Paris 21 agreement. What you are asking is the key to our ensuring the future of mankind. If I could say to the tree-loggers of the Amazon I will make sure that by not chopping down the trees you have a home a job and a future – will they stop logging? Yes. But will the demand for the timber stop? No. So if I say to the furniture makers I can provide you with an alternative material will they stop? Yes if we will buy it. But will the people who make money out of the money they invest in governments who need the revenues from logging stop? – No. Let us stay with the Amazon. Because it is a microcosm of the world and an illustration of your question. How can we protect and regrow the Amazon and still maintain the capital flows that the logging of the Amazon provides? We must also deal with those who will at the point of gun force the local people to cut down trees for them. Unlike Cameron and Obama who throw money at corrupt governments I trust nobody when it comes to Climate Change and the future of mankind. Now we go to the world. There are 7 billion of us. Do we all want to live in a World that is a living inferno, a dustbowl, every breathe one stop closer to face cancer. A world that is prepared to kill for food and water. No. So those that care need to use their ideas to provide an alternative sustainable economy for the loggers. The whole world benefits if we can replant the Amazon in the Amazon. Let us say that the loggers produce x product that does not require acres of land for agricultural production.We the world all agree to buy the product thereby giving them a market and a economic future. We then move up the supply chain till we get to the big money. Who is big money? It is you and me. Pension funds are significant owners of the shares of multinational companies. It is ironic that the capitalist system has produced a form of socialist ownership it has not recognized. Of course,it is not that simple. Voting rights and company share issues mean that it is very hard for the individual to influence company policy. But the big Banks and the financial organisation who supply the capital for the logging do have the world as its customers who supply the money. Can we the world use our consumer chocie to influence global company policy? Possibly. But we need the mechanism to do that and it is not the U.N or Paris 21. We need a global Quora but on the world stage – and that is why I developed a new United Nations – UN2. Which does just that. So in summary if we can provide viable economic alternatives and deal with those who will go outside the system then Yes we can balance environment protection and economy development. Now you must ask the Secretary general of the UN why my human rights have been abused and I have been prevented in taking part in any Global Government debate on Climate Change and never been reported by any media. http://www.desmondlast.com