Photo: Benny Peiser, Lord Lawson (GWPF)
Five years after its inauguration in 2009, the London-based Global Warming Policy Foundation has announced the launch of its new campaigning arm, the Global Warming Policy Forum.
The new organisation will be able to conduct campaigns and activities which do not fall squarely within the Foundation’s remit as an educational charity. This arrangement reflects those used by other organisations with dual structures, such as Amnesty International UK and Greenpeace UK.
The Global Warming Policy Foundation’s news and opinion pieces will henceforth be covered by the new website of the Global Warming Policy Forum, as will the CCNet newsletter, founded and edited by Dr Benny Peiser since 1997.
Trust and credibility in the eyes of the public
The Global Warming Policy Foundation calls itself an all-party and non-party think tank which is open-minded on the contested science of global warming and says it is deeply concerned about the costs and other implications of many of the policies currently being advocated. Its key to success is the trust and credibility that we have earned in the eyes of a growing number of policy makers, journalists and the interested public.
Members include renowned climate scientists
Its academic advisory council includes renowned scientists from all over the world, including Richard Lindzen, Ross McKitrick, Nir Shaviv, Robert Carter and Henrik Svensmark.
Public has lost trust in climate science
The GWPF site states that this is of great relevance today in light of scientific scandals and the public’s loss of trust in climate activists and politicians. “For us, public trust is our most important asset. It has been accumulated as a result of the reasoned and moderate positions we have taken, the integrity of our foundation and the credibility of our actions.”
Along with the newly founded campaigning forum, the Foundation will continue to advance its charitable objects by commissioning and publishing reports and papers and by organising lectures and debates on key matters relating to climate science and policy. “While the Foundation will continue to publish our reports and videos, the Forum will campaign in a way that will make our work even more effective,” said Dr Peiser, the Director of both arms of the GWPF.
To shape future evolution of climate science
Lord Lawson, the chairman of both GWPF arms said: “This reorganisation will enable us to build on the progress of the past five years and make substantial further progress over the next five – years which may well be decisive in the evolution of climate change policy.”
The new campaigning organisation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Global Warming Policy Foundation. In recent years, the GWPF’s influence has grown rapidly, among both UK and international policy makers and the news media and is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading think tanks on global warming policy issues.
Independent, no funding from energy companies
The GWPF writes that it is funded overwhelmingly by voluntary donations from a number of private individuals and charitable trusts. In order to make clear its complete independence, it does not accept gifts from either energy companies or anyone with a significant interest in an energy company.