Saturday, February 6th 2010, 8:28 AM EST
Top blogger EU Referendum has done some digging and found out this irritating but not entirely shocking fact about the British Council
In the space of two years, the British Council has spent more that £3.5 million of British taxpayers’ money on climate change propaganda – according to information released to this blog under the Freedom of Information Act.
It has been spent on recruiting young people in 60 countries to pressurise world leaders to “to take action on climate change”. This included funding groups to attend the December Copenhagen summit in order to take part in demonstrations.
The £3.5 million expenditure has been incurred on two initiatives. The first, and most expensive, costing £2.5 million, is the “International Climate Champions” programme.
which “engages young people around the world as communicators who will help to influence and educate their peers and the general public on the urgency of climate change”.
This is matched by the European element known as “Challenge Europe”, which has cost hard-pressed British taxpayers £1.1 million to date. The British Council describes it as a three year project “that aspires to make a definite and lasting impact on the climate change debate, and is ambitious in its aim to accelerate change to a low carbon future.”