Olli Dürr

Die Welt konservativ betrachtet

WEF measures for faith crowned with “success”.



A look back at a package of measures to “save the world” through the “fight against climate change” announced by the World Economy Forum a good seven years ago sheds light on the many oddities within the Protestant churches. The potential of faith plays an extremely important role.

People need a “transformation”

Some people may have asked themselves how it was possible that the former Protestant churches, their representatives and also formerly popular TV celebrities and the like were able to transform themselves into overzealous advocates for the “preservation of creation”. This bordered on a practiced religion. A thought that is by no means far-fetched, but rather hits the nail on the head. This would also show whether a “transformation” (in short: X) has already taken place.

It is one thing to project announced measures virtually into the future in order to estimate the final result. It is a completely different matter to measure measures announced years ago against the actions actually taken. This would also show whether a “transformation” (in short: X) has already taken place.

The World Economy Forum (WEF) made such a “declaration of intent” to initiate measures to “save the world” in 2016. In a position paper, the WEF described the “recognized” problems of this world and the necessary measures to avert a major (climate) catastrophe. The thought leaders are absolutely aware that desired goals require the cooperation of the broad masses of the world’s population. Because the “transformation” does not succeed against the resistance of an overwhelming majority, but only with their consent.

The belief of the masses is the biggest challenge

Microphone speech
The new faith just needs to be conveyed

Therefore, the biggest challenge is not the practical implementation of a change, but rather the conditioning of the individual minds within the mass to be transferred. Here the WEF discovered the immense power of faith, especially in the sense of a religion. This is what it says in this WEF position paper on page 5 (Source):

“Values ​​are often rotted in faith. And if 84% of the world believes in something greater than itself, it stands to reason that the faith factor will influence and impact global systemic challenges, issues which the World Economic Forum has identified as vital for global collaboration.”

Nothing works without religion – 4 reasons

On page 13, the WEF gets down to business and explains what the practical implementation of this “question of faith” could look like. Using four positions, the WEF describes why “climate change” cannot be solved without religion.

Reason 1:

“Historic religious traditions have a tried and tested cultural integrity, spiritual depth and moral force which can greatly enhance secular approaches. For effective change over time, it is not enough to know what needs to be done. It is also necessary to find the right narratives to make it compelling, and the right motivation to do it. Religion can create and inspire the stories, rituals and motivation needed for a change of lifestyle. For many people, religions legitimize the cause.”

The issue of climate protection must therefore definitely be linked to religion. A look at the “theology,” especially of the once Protestant churches, already reveals the practical implementation of this doctrine. The planet “Gaia” installed in the churches (Info), the “climate prophet” Greta Thunberg received an honorary doctorate in theology and the “Fridays for Future” activist Luise Neubauer, Germany, received the 2023 Preacher’s Prize for her “life’s work”. An already completed shift by the (Green) churches away from the gospel and towards “climate theology” as the replacement religion (Info)

Reason 2:

“Climate change is fundamentaly a question of global justice. In religious traditions, the concern for justice tends to be central. Often it comes with an emphasis on the duty to hear the voice of the vulnerable and marginalized and to care for their needs. The Abrahamic monotheisms have tended to be anthropocentric in their apporach to justice; the Dharmic traditions of Asia and many indigenous religions complement this with a more holistic vision of hte connectedness of all things. Together they can work with secular traditions to develop visions of planetary justice.”

Here the sentences of the papal encyclical Laudato Si’ come to light. “Climate justice” is Pope Francis’ choice of words with his ideas of Hellenistic natural law in accordance with Catholic social teaching. The union of the three major religions Christianity, Judaism and Islam, recently also referred to as the “Abrahamic religions”, with the forefather Abraham as the common denominator. In Abu Dhabi, the large Abrahamic Family House complex opened to the public in spring 2023 (Info).

Reason 3:

“religious traditions play a role in leadership. In many contexts, religious leaders – both formal (usually men) and informal (also women) – exercise influence on the socalled grassroots levels as well as in national or international governance. Religious communities form networks all over the world. Narratives of suffering and solidarity are shared and invoke action. Long-term change requires the contribution of religious leaders, as Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, has often said. New forms of religious and spiritual leadership need to be involved too – leaders of religious NGOs, informal religious leaders, scholars and artists. Religions and their leaders change, develop, rise and fall all the time – they should not be ‘fossilized’.”

The focus here is on influencing (secular) governments. “Completely convinced” religious leaders, scientists and even artists should also rush to help. This explains many a strange transformation of contemporaries who were once transformed from doctors into comedians, who mutated into health climate experts after founding a (lucratively supported) earth rescue foundation (Info).

Reason 4:

“The dimensions of the challenge can invoke anxiety as well as paralysis. There is a need for a realistic hope that releases the powers of imagination and action humans are capable of. In other words, there is a need to frame narratives of hope and possibilities. Religious traditions have ample expereince of combining short-term perspectives with a long-term perspective and compelling narratives. One may wonder: if religious traditions old and new cannot provide the long-term narratives of realistic hope, what else can? […] The activities that people find most satisfactory, such as socializing with others, praying and participating in cultural life, have low climate impact.”

The “normal person” is addressed here. The first sentence already suggests necessary measures that can cause fear and paralysis. In this sense, the completely frightened individual must be presented with the shining image of the saving way out. Here faith serves as an extremely effective vehicle.

The moral guiding light is clear

Pope Francis
Pope Francis – The ‘patron saint’ of the WEF and the climate faith

Now, the WEF, as a construct of the economic and financial world, is not exactly considered a veteran of theology. Only very few people would entrust this illustrious forum with a leadership position of faith. The heads, especially Klaus Schwab, know this very well. But a solution to this problem does not even have to be addressed. Because the leading figure in matters of theology and (new) faith is already established in his ultramontane position. The reader is “initiated” right at the beginning of the WEF position paper, page 4:

“As a case point, Pope Francis’s 2015 papal encyclical on climate change Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home) drew global interest and acclamation for its connection of values to practical action for the protection and stewardship of our planet. In fact, when he spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 soon after its release, the eyes of all at this world body looked to him for moral leadership on this critical global challenge.”

To ensure that this hierarchy is never forgotten, Pope Francis repeatedly reminds the WEF with nice letters accompanying an upcoming annual meeting in Davos (Example).

And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Revelation 13:14

As a reminder, the WEF letter was already written in 2016. Everyone can assess the changes in recent years for themselves.

Bible verses from King James Version

WEF measures for faith crowned with “success”.
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