Keep the lights shining bright

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24 Mar 2010

Once again the WWF is going through its annual ritual of calling on people to turn off their lights for one hour as a symbol of action against climate change. The move is a fitting gesture from an aristocratic organisation (including “HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands” as its first president and the “HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh” as a prominent supporter) which apparently wants to keep us in darkness literally as well as metaphorically. On this subject I cannot better Josie Appleton’s 2007 article on the subject on spiked.

However, there is another angle which is interesting to pursue. Evidently WWF has an annual income of £400m much of which comes from governments and taxpayers. Of course the fact that it receives state funding, even in such hefty amounts, does not in itself prove its arguments are wrong. But it does run counter to the common perception that such organisations are grassroots movements largely funded by ordinary supporters.

Similarly recent research from IPN, a free market think tank, suggests that the European Union is providing substantial sums to many similarly inclined non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Such NGOs, including the WWF, are ultimately concerned with protecting the consumption of the elite against what they see as the revolting masses. In this the state authorities are more than happy to provide their backing.

It is a relationship that is well worth shining a light on.