Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
The WWF utilized UN press conference facilities yesterday. It’s doing so again today.
I reported yesterday that green activists play an institutionalized role at climate summits – summits that are supposed to be negotiating sessions between sovereign nations.
Unlike the public – which is barred from attending the currently-in-progress Warsaw summit – these activists are permitted to set up booths and to distribute mountains of literature/green propaganda. They are given ample opportunity to lobby delegates one-on-one, and to schmooze with the international press corps.
But it’s worse than that. The UN also gives these groups access to top-notch press conference facilities. In some cases, repeatedly.
Yesterday, the Climate Action Network (read: Greenpeace), held an exceedingly well-attended press conference at 12:30. Today, their press conference will take place at 11 am.
Yesterday’s World Wildlife Fund media event occurred at 1:30 pm. Today’s is scheduled for the same time.
Additionally, here are the other organizations to which the UN is providing a well-appointed platform:
At the bottom of the list you’ll notice that time has also been allotted to the skeptically-inclined organization called CFACT. Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham and Climate Depot’s Marc Morano will be speaking to the press on its behalf. This will be CFACT’s only press conference at the Warsaw summit.
I don’t think activists or lobbyists of any description belong here. But since there’s a small army of them, it’s worth noticing that the playing field isn’t remotely level.
CORRECTION: A very early version of this post incorrectly alleged that the UN had chosen the time of the CFACT press conference. I have since been informed that this time slot was requested by CFACT. My apologies.