Large multinational groups are happy to display the WWF Panda icon in their advertisements, because this green element gives consumers the feeling that “shopping is doing good” and can help companies sell their products better. “Sustainability has become a priceless magic.” Reporter, film producer and writer Wilfried Huisman said. He has collected materials for the film “Panda’s Contract” and the book “WWF Crime Book” for many years, and has traveled to Argentina, Chile, Nepal, Indonesia, the United States and Switzerland for this purpose. He said that nature protection is just a beautiful illusion, and this famous nature protection organization is not as green as it preaches.
The focus of WWF’s promotion is to protect large wild animals such as tigers, whales, polar bears and elephants. The former king of Spain Juan Carlos broke his hip during an elephant hunting trip in Botswana, and this beast hunter was actually the honorary chairman of the Spanish branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature. In fact, he is definitely not the only person in the leadership of the foundation who has such a hobby. Prince Philip of the United Kingdom, who was the chairman of the foundation, killed at least one tiger. When the foundation was founded in 1961, there were also hunters among the co-founders. The Kavango Zambezi Transboundary Reserve, designed and funded by the World Wide Fund for Nature, also has a so-called “hunting season.” “In this way, African wild animals finally belong to white beast hunters and Western hunting and tourism companies again, and everything is just as good as before,” Wyisman wrote.
The World Wide Fund for Nature claims that African elephants are on the verge of extinction and solicit donations for them. However, in fact, there are too many elephants in some countries, not too few. At the same time, WWF partners are hunting large numbers of large wild animals, including elephants, in southern Africa, earning high profits.
In parts of Kavango Zambezi, hunting has become a well-functioning economic sector. Similarly, the World Wide Fund for Nature used tiger pictures to design an apocalyptic advertisement for “Save the Tigers”, claiming that there are only 4,000 wild tigers on the earth, and about 100 of them live in Kanha National Park in India. The unit price of a safari trip to get there is about 10,000 U.S. dollars. In this way, WWF became the chief partner of the travel agency.
As old nature reserves continue to expand and new ones continue to emerge, more and more residents have to join the relocation process, even though they have been living with these animals for thousands of years. Wiesman wrote that WWF viewed environmental protection as a continuation of colonialism from the very beginning. “In Africa alone, 14 million people had to relocate against their will to make space for wild animals.” World Nature The foundation claims that this is the darkest chapter in the history of nature conservation, but they have learned a lesson from it and forcibly relocation is strictly prohibited. However, the reality is much more cruel. For example, in Uganda, the pygmies, who had to give up their sites for mountain gorilla tourism projects, are on the verge of extinction, and WWF has relied on the “gorilla tour” to promote environmental tourism from there. Directly benefit from it. For example, the Indian branch of the foundation even used a court decision to force residents to speed up mass relocation.
Green and equal environmental protection organizations do not collect donations from multinational companies, because they do not accept funding from the objects that should be criticized, and it is possible to achieve equal consultation. Unlike them, WWF is not committed to criticizing abuses, but instead wants to “embrace” the industry and try to change the behavior of large multinational companies. For many years, the salary of a salmon expert in the Norwegian branch of the Foundation has been paid in full by the world’s largest salmon supplier, Meiwei Group. This point is controversial even within the foundation: can the WWF, which accepts donations from the industry, still act independently?
According to the data of the German branch of the foundation, corporate donations account for only about 7% of the total donation income, but the data of other branches is much higher than this. The HSBC Bank of London is one of the largest banks in the world. If it donates US$100 million to a climate protection cooperation project of the World Wide Fund for Nature, the money will immediately be transferred directly to the project fund account, and HSBC will not appear as a donor in the foundation’s settlement table. In addition, the foundation’s income also includes the panda icon advertising license fees paid by the enterprise. The influence of true environmentalists has been greatly diminished. It is managers or public relations experts from the economic circle who control the main functional areas of the foundation.
WWF has been criticized by all parties for allowing cooperative companies to cut down the rainforest. The picture shows the felled forest on Sumatra.
Indonesia’s palm oil production accounts for about half of the world’s. Some critics point out that the “sustainable” palm oil production promoted by the World Wide Fund for Nature does not actually exist. The picture shows a truck transporting palm fruit to a factory in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.
In an environmental protection operation carried out by the World Wide Fund for Nature, a sedative black rhino was transported from a poaching hardest hit area in South Africa. Some of the organization’s protection activities in Africa have been criticized.
The ecological disaster in the Chilean salmon industry clearly proves this. The Maiwei Group, which holds one-third of the world’s salmon production, raises salmon on the coasts of Norway and Chile. Salmon is a carnivorous fish, it needs to eat a lot of wild fish and consume a lot of protein. Salmon production is not sustainable. Whisman wrote: “In order to get one kilogram of salmon meat, 4-6 kilograms of wild fish need to be killed and processed into fish feed… Meiwei is a “double-sided monster” and a green enterprise in Norway. Chile destroys the marine ecology and destroys the lives of local people.” In Chile, salmon raised in huge cages are fed a lot of antibiotics, which can be described as a “swimming pharmacy.” Wiesman said that by granting Meiwei Group the right to use the “sustainable icon”, WWF has expressed support for this questionable large-scale aquaculture industry, although this icon “has no ecological certification. value”.
In this way, the WWF “greened” the crimes committed by the industry to destroy the environment, and charged for it. Wilmar International, the world’s largest palm oil company, was allowed to cut 300,000 hectares of forest, of which only about 2% of the area was used as a protected area, but WWF regarded it as the outcome of negotiations. Palm oil is contained in many detergents and cosmetics. The thirst for this precious vegetable oil really began when Europeans discovered that it is a renewable energy source produced from plants. In the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, the forest has been cut down, once to produce timber, now to open palm plantations. Wiesman criticized that WWF and Unilever, Bayer, and HSBC held a round table meeting to stipulate their own obligations in the document, distribute sustainability certificates, and legalize deforestation, saying that as long as it does not involve anything worthy of protection The species can be whatever you want. Of course, in their eyes, there is no “species worth protecting” at all.
In addition, WWF branches in some countries support genetically modified technologies, such as the United States, Argentina, and the Netherlands, the major countries that grow and trade genetically modified soybeans. Genetically modified soybeans are first prepared for the European market, and most of them are made into “biodiesel.” Some politicians, including German Chancellor Merkel, have said that if there is a case of burning forests to obtain biodiesel, then we will require suppliers to provide sustainability certification in the EU. WWF participated in the launch of the “Responsible Soybean Roundtable”, and genetically modified soybeans “gracefully” entered the European market with the help of its certification icon. WWF has also authorized the genetically modified companies Monsanto and Cargill to use sustainable icons on many occasions to help them shape the corporate image of green progress.