Eco-Imperialism

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Eco-Imperialism is a term coined by opponents of the global environmental movement (see Paul Driessen).

The claim is that attempts to create a sustainable world are strongly loaded against developing countries. Examples of "eco-imperialist" agendas include attempts to ban DDT, the Kyoto Treaty, and movements to restrict the logging of rainforests.

At the beginning of 2004, the w:meme was showing signs of penetrating into the mainstream media.

It is vigorously promoted by libertarian, free-market think-tanks, including the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Heartland Institute, the International Policy Network and the Congress of Racial Equality. Some organisations and individuals who regard themselves as left-wing also use the term, including the LM group and Philip Stott.

The main spokesmen for the concept are Patrick Moore and Paul Driessen.

In January 2004, a "teach-in" titled "Eco-Imperialism: The global green movement's war on the developing world's poor" was held under the auspices of the Congress of Racial Equality at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers. Keynote speaker was Patrick Moore along with Fiona Kobusingye from Kampala, Uganda, the UK-based Roger Bate, from Africa Fighting Malaria Cyril Boynes, Jr. and Niger Innis from the Congress of Racial Equality, Paul Driessen, Michael Fumento from the Hudson Institute, Deroy Murdock from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and CS Prakash Tuskegee University, USA and India. [1]

Norris McDonald of the African American Environmentalist Association has also spoken at "Eco-Imperialism" events. [2]

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