Very interesting comments from the ‘leader of the free world’ (see the link at the end of this Blog). Just imagine how much could be done to protect the future of all living things on the planet if a fraction of the money spent on stopping the tiny proportion of ‘terrorists’ was spent on tackling climate change.
I suppose it is a starting point to have people like Obama acknowledge that climate change is such a major threat to us all. In a way, it is probably a brave thing to say as well because of the huge lobbying interests (wall of money) in the US which wants to downplay the whole climate change issue.
We need to see a concerted effort from the biggest countries to make climate change the biggest issue to focus on. Now, I am not downplaying the terrorist threat, but all too often it seems like the ‘threat’ is based on a desire for some democratic countries to restrict some of the freedoms the great unwashed have, by introducing ‘home security’ legislation. Climate change, however, is something that is going to impact on all levels of society, starting from the poorest (as always), and also involving the flora and fauna on the whole planet – everyone and everything is a loser (perhaps not the post-apocalyptic cockroaches – read into this what you will).
So, if climate change is at least equal to terrorism as a threat to our daily lives, then logically the climate change sceptics should be classed as terrorists. It’s difficult to see them as anything else really. The more vocal the sceptic, to use the terrorism analogy, the bigger the bomb they are trying to plant. Every woman, man, child, animal and plant on the planet is threatened by these terrorists and the authorities need to act to protect us.
Whilst it isn’t top of my bedtime reading list to read through reports from the US legislature, I did spot some very interesting commentary about the negative impact of meat on human health.
This report seems to make it conclusive that not only is meat eating really bad for human health, but the planet pays a devastating price as well. Using that well-worn question based on “what would an alien who came to earth think?” it would be really interesting to listen to the meat industry defend itself. Perhaps a bigger question for the alien to ask would be…”if it is clearly so bad for people and the planet, why do people still do it?” Well, therein lies the rub as Hamlet would say – we’ve been conditioned to see meat as a must have, even though it should really be the must avoid. Going back to Hamlet again, perhaps I could tweak the old Bard’s words a little for Hamlet to say…”alas poor Yorick, for he ate meat!
From an investment perspective, if the meat industry is damaging the health of people in developing countries, it doesn’t make much sense if your Superfund, pension fund or savings are invested in it. Why invest long term money in an industry which is damaging human health and the environment; by any stretch of the imagination that doesn’t sounds like a sensible long term strategy?
Anyone living a cruelty free lifestyle should be making sure that their money is cruelty free too. If you don’t, then you will be financing animal abuse and exploitation. Even for those who aren’t living a cruelty free lifestyle, there is still a very good case for them to invest in a cruelty free fund so they don’t the risk of losing money in the long term.
Markets have been all over the place during 2014 but despite this volatility the funds which we have identified as being ‘cruelty free’ have all performed very well.
Let’s look at the funds in detail:
Australia – Cruelty Free Super
Financial Year to 30/6/2014 + 11.49%
Since inception + 10.04%
Kames Ethical Equity
1 year + 6.2% (benchmark + 3.5%)
3 years + 61.8% (benchmark +45.7%)
5 years + 92.6% (benchmark +64.7%)
(figures as at 10/12/14)
Henderson Global Care Growth
1 year + 13% (benchmark + 8.8%)
3 years + 59% (benchmark +43.1%)
5 years + 64.4% (benchmark +54.3%)
(figures as at 10/12/14)
Note – we have found this performance information on the internet using different financial sites or by asking the funds directly. we do not hold any responsibility for the figures provided.