Pemimpin Al-Qaeda itu memberi kuliah tentang bahaya perubahan iklim, mendakwa satu-satunya penyelesaian ialah melumpuhkan ekonomi Amerika.
“Ini adalah mesej kepada seluruh dunia tentang orang-orang yang menyebabkan perubahan iklim, sama ada sengaja atau tidak, dan apa yang harus kita lakukan tentang hal itu,” katanya.
Dia menyalahkan negara-negara industri Barat untuk kebuluran, menyebabkan banjir dan kemusnahan tanah subur di seluruh dunia.
Dia menyeru untuk memboikot produk Amerika dan dolar AS sebagai mata wang dunia.
“Kita harus berhenti berurusan dengan dolar dan menyingkirkannya secepat mungkin,” katanya dalam rakaman singkat.
Although bin Laden has briefly referred to climate change and global warming in past messages, this fresh audiotape was his first dedicated to the topic.
The speech, which included almost no religious rhetoric, has been interpreted as an attempt by the terror leader to broaden the appeal of his message beyond Islamic militants.
‘Talk about climate change is not an ideological luxury but a reality,’ he said in the tape released to the Al Jazeera television network, adding: ‘All of the industrialised countries, especially the big ones, bear responsibility.’
Bin Laden referred to the fact that while wealthy nations had agreed to the Kyoto Protocol that binds them to emissions targets, former U.S. President George Bush later rejected such limitations in deference to big business.
He called for a boycott of American products and the end of the U.S. dollar as a world currency.
‘We should stop dealings with the dollar and get rid of it as soon as possible,’ he said in the brief recording.
‘I know that this has great consequences and grave ramifications, but it is the only means to liberate humanity from slavery and dependence on America.
‘It is necessary for us to avoid doing business in the dollar, and to finish with it in the fastest possible time.’
The terrorist even used a quotation from American liberal political activist Noam Chomsky to support his cause.
He said: ‘Noam Chomsky was correct when he compared the U.S. policies to those of the Mafia.
‘They are the true terrorists and therefore we should refrain from dealing in the U.S. dollar and should try to get rid of this currency as early as possible.’