Friday, 13 July 2012
A tedious trope of environmental copy writers, in which the writers feel compelled to come up with crackerjack coinages such as “killing industry” and “palm oil industry death squad” should perhaps get some needed rest after this priceless gem of a poster called “Shame on Prime Minister Stoltenberg!”
Jens Stoltenberg is the Prime Minister of Norway and only the rankest of amateur copy writers could use those terms in a poster designed to coerce Prime Minister Stoltenberg into diverting the $1 billion that he had committed to Indonesia for his forest moratorium conservation program!
Illustrating the poster was a picture of a mother and baby orangutan hugging each other with the header “Terrified mother and baby orangutan saved from palm oil company death squad”.
In a classic case of “what we say and what is” juxtaposed next to each other mismatched, let me disabuse these poor misguided souls that their stage-managed orangutan poseurs and photo shop touch-ups fool no one.
When the poster first emerged, though, even some environmentalists were left scratching their heads as to why anyone would attempt to serve up something so hopelessly representing a caricature of rampant environmentalism at work! As befuddled environmentalists rush to fact check this ghastly Xibalba of a poster – the Mayan version of hell, red faces abound all around amongst the environmental community!
Firstly, the vegetation that the supposed mother orangutan is sitting on does not even remotely resemble an oil palm plantation. There is no evidence that suggests the presence of 30ft trees; in fact what we see is a mere clearing. Secondly, it is quite obvious that any orangutan would run away from humans should they come too close for contact; for a mother and child orangutan to be hugging each other in that embrace in front of humans is not natural - this discrepancy points towards a staged drama. Thirdly, the mother and baby orangutan don't even look like they are in fear; the pupils in the eye of animals normally dilates to indicate fear; clearly this mother and baby orangutan are relaxing in a field, probably having been earlier domesticated in an orangutan center or kept as pets.
Now, it is certainly intriguing why these nascent environmentalists should resort to such clumsy and amateurish attempts to fool and scam the innocent. A look at the Change.org Petition drawn up by these rabble rousers which carry the same graphics is instructive. This absurd poster was quickly put together and calculated to persuade innocent minds to solicit their signatures to the petition!
The current stereo type of the palm oil industry carefully cultivated and distilled by these environmentalists is but part of a grand scale campaign endorsed and funded by the European Commission, to protect their indigenous edible oilseeds such as rapeseed and sunflower which are unable to withstand the onslaught of the hyper yielding palm oil juggernaut! So says Italian Think Tank, Libertiamo.
In a study entitled “Taxpayer Funding, NGO Collusion and Manufactured Crises: A Case Study of Malaysia and Palm Oil.” In this study, Libertiamo points out that since 2005, the European Commission has provided nearly €5million (MYR 19.7 million) to the World Wildlife Fund and €4 million (MYR 15,8 million) to Friends of the Earth. Climate Action Network (CAN) also received nearly €1 million (MYR 3.9 million) in the past two years alone.
That is just the tip of the iceberg. What is not disclosed is the amount of slush funds thrown in the path of “off the radar” outfits and cleverly disguised by the Environmental Directorate of the European Commission as funding for other myriad and disparate “environmental” programs!
However, with such poor execution, a kinder pronouncement of this sad campaign poster addressed to Prime Minister Stoltenberg can only be put in one word – TOAST! THE END