As the UN kicked off COP 19 a few kilometers away, more than 50,000 enthusiastic Poles gathered in downtown Warsaw on Monday to celebrate National Independence Day while millions more watched on television. CFACT president David Rothbard delivered an impassioned address which celebrated freedom and warned Poland against the dangers a UN global warming treaty holds for their nation and the world. The speech was carried live on national television and covered by a large number of international media outlets.
David Rothbard and I co-founded CFACT over 25 years ago. When David took the stage, he was speaking before perhaps the largest audience ever to hear a speech directly challenging the UN global warming policy. Rothbard said he was honored to stand with the Poles in a “new battle for freedom against those who would use environmental and climate alarmism to steal away our liberties and give international bureaucrats control over our energy sources, our daily lives, our prosperity, and our national sovereignty.”
Rothbard stood beside a large CFACT banner which read, “No to UN climate hype!” in Polish red and white. “Last year, he told the world, “UN climate chief Christiana Figueres said that what the UN was undertaking is “a complete economic transformation of the world. This is not good news for those who love freedom, and it is not good news for Poland… The Book of Proverbs tells us that ‘the wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion’… the environmentalists and the bureaucrats don’t want to debate these issues because they know they are deceiving the world… There hasn’t been any global warming in more than 15 years and this is simply an excuse for more government oppression”
We stand for freedom. We stand for opportunity. We stand for our families. And we stand for a strong and prosperous future. Together let us be bold as a lion,” he concluded.
The rally took place one day after CFACT keynoted a climate-policy conference in Warsaw co-sponsored by Solidarity, the Institute for Globalization, and other Polish and European NGOs. There, members of the European Parliament, along with representatives from the U.S., Italy, Sweden, Hungary, and Poland formally signed the “Warsaw Declaration” calling on the UN to discontinue work on a new treaty until a genuine “scientific consensus is reached on the phenomenon of so-called global warming.”
The UN made a big mistake choosing Poland to host its global warming treaty summit. The Poles see right through warming propaganda. Enduring generations of socialism has left them with a deep distaste for propaganda and bureaucratic control. Polish prosperity was blocked first by war and then by ideology. Poland deserves freedom and prosperity and knows it can’t move forward without energy. The brave Poles are not about to cede their sovereignty to UN control.
Polish feelings about the UN climate treaty echo what Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher told the Soviet Union. “Let Poland be Poland!”