are close to a time when all of humankind will
envision a global agenda that encompasses a kind of
Global Marshall Plan, if you will, to address the causes of poverty
and suffering and environmental destruction all over the earth."
- Al Gore
The Green Web
In my previous article,
Gurus, I described
how many of the leaders of the modern green movement frequently refer
to the earth as a sentient super-organism called Gaia. While
researching the biographies of these environmental leaders I was very
surprised to discover that many of them are members of an
organization called the Club of Rome (CoR). I was even more surprised
to discover that the entire manifesto of the Global Green Agenda is
laid out in the reports and books published by this Club. They
believe that modern industrial society is “crucifying
Gaia” and “our only
hope is to transform humanity into an interdependent global
sustainable Earth Community, based on reverence and respect for
Gaia.” They refer to this transformation as the
In order to achieve this global transformation the members of the CoR have established a network of interlinked organizations focused on various aspects of their agenda. If you examine the biographies of prominent CoR members and then look at the organizations they have founded you will find they are stacked full of other CoR members. Dozens of foundations, councils, societies, and think-tanks state that their 'mission' is to consider new forms of governance, sustainability and global consciousness, but when you check their list of members they all contain the same core group of people!
I attempted to construct a chart of all these organizations and the members they have in common, but there were so many lines linking each organization it became unreadable. Hence I have called this network The Green Web. In this article I will list various organizations founded by CoR members and highlight their common membership. I suspect that some of these entities have actually superceded the CoR in importance and influence.
discussed previously the CoR directly spawned two affiliated 'Clubs'
– the Club
of Budapest (CoB)
and the Club
(CoM). The purpose of these siblings is to “provide
spiritual, cultural and political context to the Club of Rome's
The Club of Budapest is an offshoot of the CoR designed to promote the Global Green Agenda though 'Art and Culture' - “The idea of the Club of Budapest stems from discussions between its founder and president Ervin Laszlo, and The Club of Rome founder Aurelia Peccei in the late seventies. Peccei suggested that Laszlo, a fellow founding member of the Club of Rome, should bring together writers, artists and people of high spiritual qualifications to complement abstract theoretical information about current and coming global problems with the insight and creativity inherent in art, literature, and various domains of the human spirit.”
However the Club of Budapest seems to have little to do with the Arts and much more to do with the usual themes. The Mission of its WorldShift Network is to address:
- The Governance of Nations
- Education for Wisdom
- Public Health Policy
- The Ethics of Planetary Freedom
- Reverence for Nature
- Approaching a modern Subsistence Economy
The Club of Budapest has also established the World Wisdom Council. It is jointly chaired by Mikhail Gorbachev and Robert Muller and consists of almost exactly the same people as the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality described below. In 1996 the Club of Budapest released THE MANIFESTO ON THE SPIRIT OF PLANETARY CONSCIOUSNESS which was signed by 16 global environmental leaders, 12 of which are also CoR members!
The Club of Madrid consists of 70 former Heads of State handpicked by the CoR to consider “appropriate forms of governance” and methods of “democratic transition to a new global order.” The Club was officially founded by Mikhail Gorbachev and Diego Hidalgo. They are both given as “executive members of the Governing Council of the Club of Rome.” The CoM is funded by the Gorbachev Foundation and Hildalgo's organization FRIDE (the European Council on Foreign Relations).
A quick perusal of their membership list reveals that more than half are also members of CoR National Associations and contain the usual suspects such as Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair, Mary Robinson, Vaclav Havel, Romano Prodi, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Carl Bildt. They state that their top priority is “facilitating a global post-Kyoto climate treaty.” The Club of Madrid, in a similar fashion to the CoR, is an official consultant body to the UN and is contracted by them to produce reports and technical advice.
the most interesting of all these organizations is the World
Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality.
The purpose of this 'Commission' appears to be to perpetuate the
spiritual aspects of the Global Green Agenda. It is basically just
old-fashioned paganism dressed up as a new eco-theology. I challenge
the reader to make sense of this
page! The commission
is composed mostly of CoR members including Gore and
::All the text below is taken from their website::
The Commission seeks to inspire consciousness of the wholeness of the human family and the sacred tapestry of all life. This spirituality is the foundation of a global consciousness that honors the wisdom found in the world's traditions, cultures and disciplines.
AWAKENING GLOBAL CONSCIOUSNESS
Perhaps the single most powerful event facing humanity today is a great awakening on a planetary scale that has been millennia in the making. We humans are in the midst of a profound advance as a species to a higher form of global consciousness that has been emerging across cultures, religions and worldviews through the centuries. This awakening of global consciousness is nothing less than a shift, a maturation, from more egocentric patterns of life to a higher form of integral and dialogic patterns of life. In this drama it is seen that egocentric patterns of minding and living directly lead to fragmentation, alienation and human pathologies at the individual and collective level.
The awakening of global consciousness is a new and monumental event in human evolution, even though it has been emerging throughout our diverse spiritual traditions through the ages. But this great event in the human drama is not readily apparent because people tend to process reality from their personalized perspectives, worldviews, narratives or cultural lens. Whereas access to global consciousness comes only if and when we are able to stand back and gain critical distance from our particular localized perspectives and enter the more expansive space of a global perspective in the awakening of the global mind.
(known CoR, CoB, CoM members highlighted in red)
The Dalai Lama
Former President Abdurrahman Wahid (Indonesia)
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Seyyed H. Nasr (Distinguished Professor of Islamic thought and culture)
Tu Weiming (Harvard Professor and eminent voice for Chinese culture)
Hazel Henderson (Eminent Author, Futurist, Ecology of Global Economics)
Wangari Maathai (Nobel Peace Prize Laureat)
Robert Thurman (Buddhist Tibetan Scholar, Columbia University, Advisor to The Dalai Lama)
Sir Sigmund Sternberg (Winner of the Templeton Prize, Inter-religious relations)
Rodrigo Carazo (Elder Statesman, Leader, The University for Peace)
His Royal Highness El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan (President, Club of Rome)
Barbara Marx Hubbard (Futurist, President-Foundation for Conscious Evolution)
The Very Rev. James Morton Parks (President, Interfaith Centre of New York)
Professor Cornel West (Princeton U. Professor, Leading African-American voice)
Elizabet Sahtouris (Evolution Biologist, Ecology, Voice for Indigenous People)
Dr. Riane Eisler (Distinguished author, visionary leader for Partnership Education)
Mary Evelyn Tucker (Distinguished Scholar, leading voice for Religion & Ecology)
Jane Goodall (Distinguished Primatologist, Voice for Wildlife Conservation)
Jim Kenney (Exec. Director of Common Ground)
Jonathan Granoff (President, Global Security Institute)
Angaangaq Lybert (Eskimo Inuk Elder & Healer, Greenland)
Betty Williams (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)
The Commission is now actively developing the following Global Councils as a powerful way to carry forth our mission on a planetary scale. These Councils may be seen as "Sub-Commissions" - as direct extensions and outreach of the Commission into diverse primary aspects of planetary cultural life. As such each Council will have direct participation of Commissioners who will report directly to the World Commission and keep the Commission fully informed about developments.
Global Council on Personal & Planetary Security: Jonathan Granoff, Mikhail Gorbachev, Douglas Roche, James George
Global Council on Spiritual Politics & Global Citizenship: Al Gore, Dennis Kuccinich, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Cornel West, Robert Thurman, Tu Weiming, Barbara Bernstein
Global Council on Planetary Ethics and Values: Steven Rockefeller, Ervin Laszlo, Vaclav Havel, Mary Robinson, Bette Williams, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Hafsat Abiola, Hans Kung, Diane Williams
Global Council on Peace & Conflict Resolution: Desmond Tutu, Arun Gandhi, John & Susan Marks, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Elie Wiesel, Rama Vernon
Global Council on Awakening Arts & Entertainment: Bono, Peter Gabriel, Steven Speilberg, Kit Thomas, Michael Douglas, Susan Sarandon, Stephen Simon, Robert Redford
Global Council on Islam & The West : Dr. Seyyed Nasr, Dr. Riffat Hassan, Dr. Akbar S. Ahmed, Dr. Michael Sells, Prince Hassan of Jordan, Queen Noor of Jordan, Dr. Omid Safi, Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer
Day Network is responsible for organizing and
promoting Earth Day, an event it describes as “the
largest environmental celebration on the planet, impacting
practically every community in the Western World.”
The event is held annually on the Spring Equinox, an extremely
important date on the pagan calendar when the Goddess
supposedly “brings forth new life.”
The Earth Day Network recently launched their Green
Generation campaign, which seeks to engage students,
churches, and communities in pressuring the world to adopt a new
global climate treaty. Moreover, this campaign is slated to
continue until 2010 when they state that the world will witness a
massive Earth celebration: the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
The International Council of the Earth Day Network is packed full of CoR members including: Maurice Strong, Gro Harlem Bruntland, Jonathon Lash, Wangari Maathai, Queen Noor, Jane Goodall and other prominent green leaders such as Lester Brown, David Suzuki, Robert Kennedy Jr, and Gus Sepeth.
The United Nations Foundation was created by prominent CoR member Ted Turner. He donated one billion dollars to support the environmental activites of the UN. A significant proportion of this money was designated for “programmes specifically addressing climate change” and funding the IPCC. The Foundation has also recently created the Global Security Institute to “propose far-reaching reforms of the international system.” As would be expected the Foundation's Board is full of the same old names including: Ted Turner, Timothy Wirth, Kofi Annan, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Emma Rothschild, and Muhammad Yunus.
Global Leadership for Climate Action is a joint initiative of the United Nations Foundation and the Club of Madrid which “aims to design a framework for a new enforceable international agreement on climate change.” The GLCA has editorial input into reports and assessments produced by the IPCC and provides “technical expertise on the implications and communication of climate change science.” By my count more than two-thirds of the GLCA members are also members of the CoR including: George Soros, Ted Turner, Timothy Wirth, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Mary Robinson, Sir Crispin Tickell, Kim Campbell, Wangari Maathai, Petre Roman and Richard Lagos. Now I have to wonder what qualifies George Soros and Ted Turner to provide technical advice on climate change science!!
created by Mikhail Gorbachev immediately after the collapse of the
Soviet Union. He described the Foundation “as
a think-tank whose purpose is to explore the path that global
governance should take as mankind progresses into an interdependent
global society.” The overall motto of the Gorbachev
Foundation is “Toward
a New Civilization”.
The Foundation is deeply involved in many aspects of the modern green
movement. They provide advice and funding to many non-government
environmental orgaizations. The Board of the Foundation includes CoR
members: Mikhail Gorbachev, Robert Muller, Ted
Turner, Ruud Lubbers, Wangari Maathai, Sri Chinmoy, Robert Redford,
Vaclav Havel and Javier Peres de Cuellar. Who
would have thought Robert Redford was involved in all of this! In
a similar fashion to the CoR, the Gorbachev Foundation now has
several 'Gorbachev Foundation National Associations' each with their
own management structure.
The Foundation works very closely with the CoR and the Club of Madrid and regularly holds joint conferences. These conferences must be fairly easy to organise since they have so many members in common. In order to carry out their 'mission' the Foundation has created a number of susidiary organizations. Chief among these is Green Cross International.
From the Green Cross Charter:
“Life is sacred. All forms of life have their own intrinsic value and share our planetary home in an interdependent community. All parts of this community are essential to the functioning of the whole. The beauty of the Earth and its life is food for the human spirit, inspiring human consciousness with wonder, joy and creativity. Human beings are not outside or above the community of life. We have not woven the web of life, we are but a strand in it. We depend on the whole for our very existence. For the first time in history, human beings have the capacity to damage, knowingly or unknowingly, the ecological balances on which all life depends. The crisis is urgent.“
The GCI Board contains the same familiar names: Mikhail Gorbachev, Ted Turner, Basma Bin Talal, Jean Michel Cousteau, Ruud Lubbers, Wangari Maathai, Javier Perez de Cuellar, Robert Redford, Karan Singh, David Suzuki
Another Gorbachev Foundation creation is Global Green USA which promotes sustainability and 'climate action'. Its motto is “fostering a global shift towards a sustainable future.”
that is closely linked to the CoR is the United
Nations University of Peace.
The Chancellor (Robert Muller), Rector
(Konrad Osterwalder) and CEO (Martin
Lees) are all prominent CoR members. In fact Martin Lees has
just been appointed as the CoR
Dr Muller founded the UN's University of Peace on a mountain in Costa
Rica. Why did he choose this location? Because of this ancient
"Dear children, the Great Spirit is in every animal, in every bird, butterfly, flower, insect, leaf and grass you see. The Great Spirit is also in you, the Creator's children. Please take care of the wonderful nature created by God and some day, from this mountain, you will see the birth of a civilization of peace spread to the entire world."
The 'Board of Honor' of the University includes: Betty Williams, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, the Dalai Lama Nelson Mandela, F. W. de Klerk and David Trimble. The University is also home to Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong's infamous Earth Charter Initiative.
An excellent source of
information is the Kosmos
publication dedicated to the 'Global Awakening' and fostering a 'New
Human Civilisation'. Many of the articles are written by CoR members.
It actually makes me feel physically ill after spending a few hours
wading through their nonsense. The founding partners of this journal
include many of the organisations listed above and show how truly
interconnected they are:
Club of Rome
Club of Budapest
World Wisdom Council
World Commission for Global Consciousness and Spirituality
Goi Peace Foundation
Global Youth Network
The Future 500
Institute of Noetic Studies
These are just a few of
the influential 'environmental' organizations that were either
founded by, or are dominated by, CoR members. There are many more
that I have come across but it would take forever to describe them
all here. The leaders of the Global Green Agenda are deadly serious
about their intention to “transform
humanity into an interdependent global sustainable Earth Community,
based on reverence and respect for Gaia” and they
have been spreading their tentacles into every area of global
politics. Some other CoR initiated organizations you may wish to
Alliance for a New Humanity
Association for Global New Thought
The Ethical Globalization Initiative
Foundation for Conscious Evolution
Great Transition Initiative
The Earth Council Alliance
The World Future Council
The Alliance of Civilizations
The Global Marshall Plan