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British networks and the Brazilian Amazon
BRITISH NETWORKS AND THE BRAZILIAN AMAZON
Mark J. Burdman
In recent months, the destruction of the Amazon rain forest
brought on by the International Monetary Fund and World
Bank policies (see EIR, May 19, 1989) has been seized upon as a
pretext by "environmentalist" circles to demand an "internationaliza-
tion" of the region--i.e., an end to Brazilian, and other nations',
sovereignty over the Amazon. Among the reports EIR's investiga-
tion into the conspiracy against Brazil has produced, is the
For all intents and purposes, Britain--with crucial support
from the United States, the Netherlands, and Norwegian President
Gro Brundtland's Socialist International apparatus--is the command-
center for targeting of Brazilian sovereignty. Prince Charles's
end-of-February trip to the Amazon, and the British rock star
Sting's patronage of Amazonian Indians' tribal causes,
are only the more visible aspects of the campaign.
A key center for coordinating such activities is Scotland's
Findhorn Foundation, which has been described as the "Vatican
City" of the New Age Movement. Certain of Findhorn's trustees,
such as Ed Posey of London, are deeply involved in the Amazon
issue. Posey is a co-director of a London institution
called the Gaia Foundation, which is one arm of an Aquarian organiza-
tion called the Business Network, which seeks to implant New Age
ideals within City of London milieux. The Gaia Foundation
houses an organization call Forest People's Support Group and the
Education of the Awakening Earth. It sponsored top Brazilian
ecologist Jose Lutzenberger for a tour of Britain in the autumn
of 1988, during which time Lutzenberger was in touch with other
Findhorn circles in Britain. Lutzenberger is the head of
Gaia Foundation in Brazil.
Lutzenberger was on of the recipients of an award given out
by the Gaia Foundation and collaborators, the Right Livelihood
Award, given to individuals for their "vision and work contributing
to making life more whole, healing our planet, and uplifting
humanity." Recipients are chosen by an international jury panel,
all of whom also serve as directors of the Right Livelihood
Foundation. Some of these jurors have included in recent years:
Rodrigo Carazo, ex-President of Costa Rica, Founder
and President of the U.N. Peace University; Monika Griefahn,
Greenpeace; and Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary-
General of the United Nations and important international
collaborator of the Lucis Trust.
Recipients of the Right Livelihood Award in the 1980-86 period
included: Petra Kelly, co-founder of the West German Green
Party; Sir George Trevelyan, founder and head of the
Wrekin Trust, a leading Aquarian institution; Erik Dammann
of Norway, author of THE FUTURE IN OUR HANDS, which advocates
reducing consumption to "minimize environmental impact" and
to "assist the poor"; Dr. Leopold Kohr of Austria, a guru of
the "small is beautiful" movement; and Dr. Robert Jungk, also
of Austria, one of the true-blue fanatics of the modern-day
The creator of the Right Livelihood Award and director
of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, is a Swedish-German
writer based on the Isle of Man, Jacob von Uexkull, whose writings
are also popular among European "New Right" institutions,
such as the Kassel, West German-based Thule Seminar.
The "Gaia" ideology of another New Age organization, Living
Earth, or Living Mother Earth, has gotten spectacular publicity
and accreditation in New Age and liberal circles in past years.
But make no mistake: The core of its belief-structure is beyond
genocidal. Says Oxford University author Anna Bramwell in her
just-released book, ECOLOGY IN THE 20TH CENTURY: "According to
this belief, 'Gaia', the Earth, has its own serene ecological
balance, its own will to live. It is capable of preserving
its own existence. It can shrug off disturbinb intrusions, whether
from comets or from man. Like any species, Gaia has its own
natural term. It lives and it will die."
That is, if man is a "disturbing intrusion," he can easily
be gotten rid of.
From April 7-9, there was an international conference in
Winchester, Britain on the theme of Gaia, attended by 300 individuals.
It was sponsored by the Wrekin Trust, founded in 1971 by Sir
George Trevelyan, who is also a senior figure as the Findhorn
Foundation. Wrekin is intensively involved in popularizing
some of the same "New Age" mysticism that Hitler, the Hitler-
precursor Thule Society of the 1920s, and the Nazi Occult Bureau
were involved in, including astrology, studies of the Holy Grail,
and reincarnation. From April 27 to May 7, Sir George and a
handful of disciples met in Le Plan, Provence, France, to discuss
"The New Gnosticism."
BRITAIN'S 'AMAZON NETWORK'
Clearly, therefore, paganism, gnosticism, and occultism
are at the root of the "Amazon" campaign. The umbrella organiza-
tion for discussions of the Amazon issue is something called
the Aid and the Environment Group, which meets regularly in London.
Participating organizations include Friends of the Earth, which
has a Tropical Rainforests Campaign (26-28 Underwood Street,
London); Greenpeace; Survival International (310 Edgeware
Road, London), which is seeking to cut ALL aid to Brazil until
the Brazilian government recognizes "legitimate Indian rights";
Oxfam (274 Banbury Road, Oxford); and the Brazil Network (9
Poland Street, London), described as "an independent organization
founded to further exchange of information by groups committed
to furthering Human Rights and environmental protection in Brazil."
Publicity for such planning and activities is channeled
through something called Television Trust for the Environment
(TVE), based in London and Washington, which specializes in patroniz-
ing and/or filming Goebbels-like "Big Lie" documentaries
on the environment. TVE was founded in 1984 with sponsorship
by the U.N. Environment Program and Britain's Central TV.
The title of the January 1989 MOVING PICTURES BULLETIN, the
quarterly publication of TVE, was "Amazonia Ablaze."
The work of the TVE is praised by the Lucis Trust's WORLD
GOODWILL newsletter. TVE's International Advisory Council is
chaired by Mostafa Tolba, executive director or the United Nations
Environment Program. On the Council are the Prince Sadruddin
Aga Khan, head of the Groupe de Bellerive; Charles de Haes,
director general of the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF); Kenton
Miller, director general of the International Union for Conserva-
tion of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN); Sir Shridath Ramphal,
secretary general of the British Commonwealth Secretariat;
Gustave Speth, president of the World Resources Institute; and
Maurice Strong, one-time United Nations undersecretary general.
Its board of trustees include top officials from the World-
wide Fund for Nature, the U.N. Environment Program, the IUCN,
British Broadcasting Corporation, and the International
Institute for Environment and Development.
Among "organizations contributing to TVE projects," one finds
the Bellerive Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, the Environ-
ment Liaison Centre, the European Cultural Foundation, the
European Community, the German Marshall Fund, Sadruddin Aga
Khan's Independent Commission for International Humanitarian
Issue, UNICEF, the United Nations Development Program, UNESCO,
the World Food Program, the Swiss Forgeign Ministry, IBM-UK,
and the Worldwide Fund for Nature.
On of the documentaries features in the MOVING PICTURES BULLETIN
is entitled "The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy," a sympathetic
portrayal of the 1985 sinking of the Greenpeace RAINBOW
WARRIOR ship in New Zealand Waters.
A U.S. group working closely with the British nexus on the
Amazon issue, is the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental
Defense Fun. A top EDF trustee and patron of environmental
issues in the United States, Jennifer Hobby Catto, is the
wife of the new American ambassador to the United Kingdom,
Henry Catto, who is one of President George Bush's closest friends.
Will the American embassy in London now become a logistical
support center for the "Amazon network" of Britain?
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