This is such an intriguing question and one that Vivian Krause answers so wonderfully in her blog post of the same name, Who Funds Environmentalists and Why?
In a world of greys, it should come as no surprise that sometimes those seen as the ‘good guys’ are in effect in league with the ‘bad guys’.
It seems that the environmental groups that started from local community concerns have now become so big themselves they face many of the challenges of big business – how to pay for itself. Charitable trusts and funds contribute money to environmental groups – but at what price?
Is it possible these environmental groups are saying what their contributors want them to say and do in order to keep their funding? Can any environmental group that receives funding from trusts, funds or business be truly considered to be offering impartial information and advice?
A point in case is the tar sands mines in Canada. Is money from US foundations to environmental groups actually slowing down community efforts to stop tar sands mines?
You can read the full article here: http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/1473
FOR an organisation that claimed a naval battle 70 years ago was proof of the need to lock Australian fishers out of our own oceans, the United States-based and oil company-funded Pew Environment Group was quick to accuse local recreational angling groups of running a misleading campaign.
Just days after an unseemly Pew video surfaced linking the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942 to their campaign for marine parks, even using the words of Australian war veterans as “evidence” for their stance, the rich environmental group sent an email out to its supporters accusing recreational angling groups of “misleading” behaviour.
The email was in response to the Keep Australia Fishing campaign, which can be found at www.keepaustraliafishing.com.au and offers recreational anglers the opportunity to send an email to Environment Minister Tony Burke, who recently announced the new network of marine parks in Commonwealth waters.
Already, many thousands of anglers have taken the couple of minutes required to have their say, but this has upset Pew, which was happy to coordinate a similar campaign in the previous round of public submissions, and indeed extensively targeted submissions from foreign supporters with web pages around the globe.
You can read more at: http://www.internationalwhaleprotection.org/forum/index.php?/topic/1126-pew-caught-with-pants-down-around-their-ankles/
Well it seems that even Piers Akerman can see the behind the scenes players at work in his article recently in The Daily Telegraph, Fun Fishing is Dead in the Water.
As Akerman says, “FANCY a nice piece of fish, caught by an Aussie fisherman off the Australian coast? Well, get down to your local fish-and-chip shop now or call a fisho, if you know one, because big multi-national environmental groups are bankrolling a campaign that will wreck the industry.
Misguided officials in state governments and Canberra are already well on the way to demolishing fisheries around the continent, locking them up in a network of marine parks that will destroy what remains of the coastal fishing industry.”
Where will our fish come from if these marine parks go ahead? From south-east Asia most likely where we have no way of knowing what state of health the environment is that the fish was caught in.
You can read Piers Akerman’s full story here: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au
Fishing World reports that the results from a recent survey revealing 70 per cent approval for the federal Government’s marine parks plans have been called into question following revelations the polling company had close links with anti-fishing groups, including the US-based Pew organisation.
The poll was conducted by Essential Research on June 25 and since the poll’s release, it has been revealed that Essential Research has links with various anti-fishing groups via what appears to be its sister company, Essential Media Communications (EMC).
You can follow up on the story here: http://www.fishingworld.com.au/news/pew-linked-to-dodgy-marine-parks-poll
It is time for the Federal Government to admit the Greens and environmental groups have hijacked the Marine Parks plans and the Australian people do not want an expansion of the marine parks which will see the end to Australian fishing.
Pew admits targeting Australia for lockouts!
THE US-based anti-fishing organisation Pew has admitted it pressured the Australian Government to lock anglers out of vast areas of the Coral Sea but would not take the same action in American waters because it would harm the US economy and disadvantage local fishermen.
The Pew comments have outraged Australian anglers, who stand to be seriously disadvantaged by federal Environment Minister Tony Burke’s decision to support the American organisation’s sustained anti-fishing campaign.
Read more about how this group is funding the destruction of Australian fishing at http://www.marinebusiness.com.au/news/pew-admits-targeting-australia-for-lockouts
And Pew happily brags about its role here: http://www.pewenvironment.org/news-room/opinions/good-on-ya-mate-australia-protects-incredibly-big-ocean-area-85899400653