Guardian climate change petition reaches 100k signatures

They’re like totally enthused to tell Other People how to run their business

(UK Guardian) A Guardian petition which calls for the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to ditch their fossil fuel investments has gathered more than 100,000 signatures since it launched on Monday.

The campaign asks the world’s two largest charitable foundations to divest from the top 200 oil, gas and coal companies within five years and to immediately freeze any new investments. It was launched by Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger in partnership with the global climate movement 350.org.

High profile signatories include Scottish actor Tilda Swinton and Professor Anne Glover, the former chief scientific adviser to the president of the European commission.

The campaign has also attracted the support of activist Bianca Jagger, Costa award-winning author Helen Macdonald and Rou Reynolds from the band Enter Shikari, while chef Yotam Ottolenghi said he backed it “because we’re running out of time and it’s pretty terrifying”.

A couple points here. First, you know what is coming: have all those who signed the petition given up their own use of fossil fuels? Pretty much a rhetorical question, as we know the answer is a resounding “no”, followed by typical Cult of Climastrology deflections.

Second, as mentioned previously, the Guardian has gone full bore CoC, and has apparently decided to give up on their core mission of journalism and move strictly into advocacy. Is it any wonder the media is losing more and more trust?

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4 Responses to “Guardian climate change petition reaches 100k signatures”

  1. Dana says:

    The Guardian is, of course, a print edition newspaper, one which requires having trees cut down (chainsaws are normally gasoline powered),the logs hauled to a paper mill (diesel powered trucks), the wood ground up and made into pulp and then paper (lots of electricity), then the paper hauled to the printing plant (diesel trucks again), the newspapers printed (more electricity) and then physically distributed (diesel trucks and gasoline-powered lorries).

    One would think that, were the editors just so concerned, they’d terminate their print editions and go strictly digital, which is something that newspapers will eventually have to do anyway.

  2. JGlanton says:

    The Guardian? That’s the joke of a newspaper that only two days ago told us that hurricane damage has caused billions of dollars in damage since 2005.

    Except, there have been no hurricanes that hit Florida since Denis in July 10, 2005.

  3. Dana says:

    And, in the meantime, The Guardian just published a paean to the death of the newsroom at those wonderful dead-trees newspapers.

    Tue progressives would be working hard on ways to get beyond the physical delivery print editions, but the newspaper with the greatest success doing that — though the print edition still exists and is widely distributed — is the very conservative Wall Street Journal.

    Why, it’s almost as though conservatives and businessmen — you know: the actual doers in our economy — are the ones who lead.

  4. Phil Taylor says:

    The bigger concern here is if a petition was implimented asking for a carbon tax.
    Many many people who are generally indifferent about the topic would be motivated by peer pressure to sign it.
    Many who sign would be giving AGW promoters the benifit of the doubt.

    Though all surveys indicated that AGW is low on peoples concern they have been softened up enough through propaganda to not resist the measures taken to solve this so called issue.

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