People send me stuff.
A dear friend sent me a PDF that contained a description of the ‘National Climate Declaration’ that had some big name company logos stamped all over it. See below:
Intrigued, especially since I had never heard of it before, I decided to go to http://www.climatedeclaration.us I half expected to find it connected to Obama’s OFA or maybe weepy Bill McKibben’s 350.org. Nope.
I was immediately redirected here: http://www.ceres.org/bicep/climate-declaration
Which was my first red flag, it went to an environmental NGO, called “CERES” located in Boston, MA. The website climatedeclaration.us doesn’t exist as its own website, it’s just web flypaper for the NGO.
I noted that I could sign up as an individual, or as a company. Looking at some of the big name companies there, I decided to see what sort of qualifications and actions might be needed. So, I clicked on that and was presented with a simplistic form. Looking at the web page coding underneath, I decided that there wasn’t likely much more to it, so I decided to put it to the test.
I signed up Pacific Gas and Electric’s well known public information officer, “Reddy Kilowatt” to see if they would reject such an obvious and ridiculous character representing PG&E.
I thought surely they’d have some sort of checks and balances for major corporations to sign up. I thought sure they’d have some sort of requirement to prove that your corporation was indeed a responsible steward of the environment, and against climate change not only in words, but in deeds.
Sadly, no. See the screencaps:
I thought to myself, why stop there?
It seems they’ll take anybody with a mascot:
And predictably, I got a confirmation email.
Looks like the ‘National Climate Declaration’ is just another green petition scam that anybody with an email address can join. I suspect they’ll hit you up later for donations. I’ll advise if that happens.