The System moves towards Sustainability
This is for anyone who wants a perspective with evidence as to WHY what has been happening over the last months, happened. A tip of the hat to Kevin Galalae for the heavy lifting.
We are going to deconstruct the relationship between COVID19 actions by the government and environmental protection policies hidden under the veil of “the pandemic”.
First, let’s address the reality of whether we really have a pandemic.
A pandemic is defined as “an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and affecting a large number of people”
• 30 out of a total of 215 nations and territories have registered no COVID-19 deaths whatsoever
• An additional 52 nations have registered fewer than 10 deaths
• 63 nations have registered fewer than 100 deaths and as such these countries can in no way shape or form be considered to be afflicted by a pandemic.
• 42 nations that have registered fewer than 1000 deaths.
No pandemic, therefore, in 187 nations out of a total of 215 nations and territories. So 87% of the world’s nations and territories have not the slightest sign of an epidemic let alone a pandemic.
7 nations have registered more than 10,000 deaths: the US, the UK, Italy, Brazil, France, Spain, and Mexico.
No nation has registered one thousand deaths per one million
people, a 0.1% mortality rate, which begins to approach the definition of a pandemic.
The same for infection rates.
Qatar, Andorra, San Marino, and Vatican City, which altogether have a puny population of fewer than 3 million people or 0.04% of the global population, are the only countries in the world that have registered infection rates of more than ten thousand for every one million people, and as such can be said to approach the definition of an epidemic.
To date, June 5, 2020, there are presumably 6.7 million COVID-19 infections and 393,000 deaths worldwide according to the official statistics. But in any given year about 500,000 deaths are attributed to influenza alone, some 18 million to heart disease and some 10 million to cancer.
The stats show conclusively that neither in terms of transmissibility nor of disease severity can one speak of a pandemic even if one believes the suspect official number of registered infections and deaths to be accurate, which is clearly not the case.
Moreover, the vast majority of the reported infections are asymptomatic. And that is of course no coincidence. Perfectly healthy people are declared infected in order to inflate the numbers and justify the unprecedented quarantine measures. Merely to have had contact with a carrier can put the person into the COVID-19 ledger.
The VAST MAJORITY of those who have presumably died with COVID-19 and not necessarily of COVID-19 had comorbidities. In other words, people who have died of cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses have been counted as COVID-19 deaths.
All the propaganda in the world, all the media’s dishonest reporting, all the experts’ duplicitous analyses, all the politicians’ fraudulent declarations cannot obscure these facts and figures showing the pandemic is a lie, an illusion, a hoax. This is clear and provable now.
To stage a pandemic, governments and the UN system risk losing the little credibility they have left. But why? WHY FAKE A PANDEMIC?
This is the multi-trillion-dollar question.
Flatly the system does not work. Continuing the status quo threatens our very existence. At least this is the view of the very apex eye of the pyramid’s pyramid. This is how the alt-view villans can seem in their eyes to be the heroes of the story. But if they do not bring their true objectives out in the open and pursue them lawfully they will not succeed because nothing lasting can be built on lies.
The engineered crash of the global economy and global emissions are meant to lead to a sustainable new economy.
(1) Over-consumption is the disease of the developed world.
(2) Over-population, the disease of the developing world.
(3) Over-abuse, the combined effect of overconsumption and overpopulation on the planet and its life-support systems, a problem every human being on the planet contributes.
But NOT in equal measure.
THE PANDEMIC IS BEING USED AS THE CURE FOR OVERCONSUMPTION
Overconsumption is addressed by using the pandemic as a front.
1. To reduce consumption you have to prevent people from shopping, which requires that you prohibit or at least limit people from getting out of the house. But how do you keep people in the house for any length of time? By scaring them to death with an invisible virus that causes an illusory pandemic.
2. The pandemic provides governments the excuse needed to declare emergency measures, impose quarantines, lockdowns or curfews and keep people in the house for a couple of months or even longer.
3. At the same time, essential businesses alone were allowed to stay open in order to limit people to buying only groceries and medicine. All other businesses were deemed non-essential and were closed limiting people’s opportunity to consume anything other than food, drinks, and drugs. People still had the opportunity to buy online, but that was dampened by the fear of infection, limitations on transport, the closing of borders and therefore of international trade, the lack of internet banking and computer skills among the elderly especially but also among the poor, the lack of money due to unemployment which skyrocketed during the quarantine, the fear of an uncertain economic future, and by the absence of impulse buying which is responsible for at least a quarter of all purchases.
4. To ensure that consumption is reduced even after the various quarantines, lockdowns and curfews were lifted, governments introduced the social distancing rule under the pretext that it is necessary to prevent the transmission of the disease, although there is no scientific evidence to suggest this even if there were a pandemic.
Since the pandemic is a fiction, and governments are well aware of this, being responsible for creating and sustaining the pandemic illusion, we can conclude that the lockdowns and the ensuing social distancing measure were intended as overconsumption reduction measures, which in turn reduce CO2 emissions the surrogate measurement for all environmental impacts. Aiding the decarbonization agenda is supposed to have a positive impact on the environment.
In China alone offline spending on goods and services declined during the lockdown by 33 and 34% respectively, dining and entertainment dropped 64% and travel decreased by 59%.
After the lockdown was lifted and the social distancing measure was introduced “China’s offline consumption decreased by over 1.2 trillion RMBs in the three-month post-outbreak period or 1.2% of China’s GDP”. (Source: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3568574 )
In Europe, the US and elsewhere in the developed world spending is down across all industries even more than in China due to longer lockdowns and the fact that they are nationwide and not just of one region as was the case in China, where Wuhan alone suffered an extended lockdown, and also due to the economic consequences of the closing of industry, the ensuing unemployment, and the fear that household incomes will continue to fall in the coming months.
(Source: https://www.weforum.org/…/coronavirus-covid19-consumers-sh…/ )
That governments are serious about continuing to reduce consumption is made all the more obvious by the fact that malls have not been allowed to reopen. And that when they will be allowed to reopen customers and staff will be forced to adhere to strict social distancing measures and to mandatory face masks. The social distancing rule will limit the number of customers allowed to shop at any one time while the mandatory mask rule will take the fun out of shopping basically annihilating impulse buying.
The lockdown was a form of blitzkrieg on consumption while the social distancing and the facial mask rules are akin to a cold war on consumption.
The former reduced consumption drastically in the short-term while the latter will reduce consumption steadily in the long-term. Their combined effect will result in an annual reduction of consumption of at least 15% and at most 25%, enough to have a substantial impact on the decarbonization effort and an equally positive impact on the environmental protection effort as well as on the effort to prevent the rapid depletion of vital natural resources.
This will have a devastating and long-term effect on employment that unless mitigated with massive job creation in essential industries and less polluting industries will have to be addressed with a universal basic income for all people who have been displaced from their jobs by the system’s move to reorganize the economy along the sustainability prerogative lines.
Likewise, it has had a devastating impact on government debt, which was increased this year under the pretext of combating the pandemic more than it has increased during the past ten years. This will give governments the pretext to increase taxes and impose austerity measures which will further cripple consumer spending and thus depress consumption.
An entirely new financial system will have to be devised, but whether there is the political will and unity and genius to pull this off remains to be seen.
What is clear is that the true purpose of the fake COVID-19 pandemic has been all along reducing the overconsumption of the developed world and by extension the greenhouse gas emissions of the developed world. This is made plainly evident by the geographic spread and severity of the fake COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit hard only the most developed nations, namely the G20 nations, the world’s biggest consumers and polluters.
The G20 nations, responsible for three-quarters of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, have registered more than 80% of the global COVID-19 infections and more than 90% of all COVID-19 deaths. Viruses are not capable of political bias so we can conclude that the distribution and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic is a political construct.
Having the highest consumption patterns and the highest CO2 emissions the G20 nations are forced to make the biggest economic sacrifices and that can only happen because the pandemic serves as a pretext and allows governments to hide their true agenda behind the principle of plausible deniability. In other words, governments will pretend and continue to pretend that they have acted in good faith and that to blame for the economic disaster is the pandemic and not the measures governments took to prevent a non-existent pandemic.
Overconsumption is the developed world’s problem and can only be addressed by imposing sacrifices on the developed world. And that is exactly what the developed world did by taking the lead in this first engineered wave of an engineered pandemic.
By the same token, overpopulation is the problem of the developing world and can only be addressed by imposing sacrifices on the developing world. And that is exactly what will happen during the second wave of this manufactured pandemic or through the introduction of mandatory vaccines.
The fake pandemic will be used to address the old-age problem of the developed world and the overpopulation problem of the developing world.
THE PANDEMIC DEPOPULATION CURE FOR OVERPOPULATION
Overpopulation is addressed by using the pandemic as a front.
The developed world’s population problem is different from the developing world’s population problem because they are at different stages of the demographic transition, more accurately called the population stabilization program or the depopulation program.
The developed world has an old-age problem, the developing world a population growth problem.
The developed world has many old sick people draining the financial resources of the state at a growing and unsustainable pace, while the developing world has too many young fertile people procreating and demanding natural resources at a growing and unsustainable pace.
The developed world has to get its old-age burden below 20% and keep it there until the age distribution is economically and demographically stable while the developing world has to get its total fertility rate below two children per woman and keep it there until the population stops increasing at which point it will have to deal with its own old-age problem.
The developed world’s population problem is financially unsustainable. The developed world must solve its old-age burden or it will collapse economically. The developed world will lose all the wealth it has created over generations.
The developing world’s population problem is environmentally unsustainable.
If the developing world does not solve its high fertility problem it will collapse environmentally and will run out of resources and ruin the little of the environment that is still left.
Both problems have to be solved and are being addressed behind the pandemic front.
The developed world must, therefore, damage immunity and functionality to get old people to die faster.
The developing world must damage fertility to stop the young from procreating.
The developed world has taken the lead and has begun reducing its old-age burden by
(1) Stopping all critical care and all life extension services to the very old and the severely ill thus providing a form of involuntary assisted suicide by denial of vital drugs and care.
(2) Locking old people in their homes and preventing them from
coming out long enough to damage their immune systems through sun deprivation, movement deprivation, and social contact deprivation
Both methods serve to send the old and the ill faster and in greater numbers into their graves. Both measures were explained and continue to be justified as protective measures for the vulnerable, thus as the absolute opposite of what they are, which is the signature modus operandi of the depopulation lobby.
That explains why the vast majority of all COVID-19 deaths throughout the developed world, anywhere from 60% to 90% depending on the country, have occurred in old age hospices and especially in state-run nursing homes and other assisted living facilities. And why the only deviation from normal mortality throughout this fake pandemic is observable solely in the 65+ age bracket.
This also explains why the countries with the oldest populations and the most underfunded pension plans have suffered the most deaths among the elderly.
While this happened in the developed world, various presidents in the developing world have made a show of rejecting the advice of the WHO in order to pander a sterilizing concoction based on Artemisia, the world’s most potent sterilizing plant, as a cure for COVID-19, thus involuntarily sterilizing everyone and anyone who swallows this concoction.
Artemisinin is the sterilizing active ingredient of the Artemisia plant and has been used as a malaria treatment drug for the same reason, to involuntarily sterilize the people of countries that still have high birth rates because they have not employed chemical sterilization methods through food and beverages, as the developed world has done for half a century by poisoning the food of the citizens with endocrine disruptors.
The developing world is thus pursuing its population reduction targets by promoting a sterilizing concoction as a cure for COVID-19 while the developed world is pursuing its old-age burden reduction targets by creating a crisis in medical care to stop providing life extension
services and critical care to the oldest and sickest members of society.
Both are using the fake pandemic as the justifying factor and as the front behind which to conveniently hide their true population control agenda.
Throughout the authorities have provided contradictory and insufficient data about the transmissibility, infectiousness, and treatment of this virus so as to raise the level of fear and confusion, all the while painting vaccines as the only salvation and announcing one breakthrough after another in the development of a vaccine for COVID-19, thus paving the way for mandatory vaccination under the pretext of public health while in fact preparing the ground for a forcible depopulation by vaccination programs.
The vaccine mantra as the only way out of the pandemic has been touted and continues to be touted with unprecedented aggressiveness all the while false medical research and declarations by various officials have been disseminated through all mainstream media channels to raise the level of fear and desperation so as to drive the people towards the
Vaccine solution as the only salvation and the only ticket to a return to normality.
Lies and fears have been and continue to be propagated as science in order to enforce the need for mandatory vaccination:
1. That those who get healed acquire no immunity against COVID-19, that the virus mutates and the infections become more deadly, that the young are not affected as much as the old, that COVID-19 can be transmitted through sexual intercourse.
2. Even if you heal from COVID-19 you are left with life-long and severe scar tissue on the lungs and other organs and your quality of life will never be the same,
3. That children though asymptomatic can infect and kill the old.
4. That no drug or combination of drugs has been found to be effective, which can only be true of there is no virus and no infection, to begin with.
So aggressive, ubiquitous and nonsensical has the vaccine push been that even idiot and sleepers have realized that something does not add up here and that governments and the UN system want to vaccinate every human being on the planet with untested vaccines for a relatively harmless if not non-existent virus for reasons other than concern for our health.
These mandatory vaccines use a novel RNA technology that permanently alters the genetic makeup of the recipients in unknown ways with unknown side effects and could trigger autoimmune reactions that turn the body onto itself with catastrophic health consequences that may lead to death.
And that may be exactly what governments will do. How vaccines will be used to address the world’s population problems is not yet known because a decision has not yet been made.
What is certain is that a COVID-19 vaccine will be used to address the developing world’s overpopulation problem and the developed world’s old-age problem in one way or another.
How aggressively it will be used depends very much on our willingness to allow governments absolute control over our health and lives so they can accomplish their demographic objectives with a depopulation by vaccination program.
What is also certain is that to reduce the population to a sustainable number governments must either prevent births or increase deaths, or both.
This can only be done by force, by deception or by transferring the responsibility onto the capable shoulders of mankind.
It is up to all of us to ensure that the latter happens. Those who remain indifferent will fall victim to forcible or deceptive methods of depopulation and will deserve their fate.
THE PANDEMIC FRONT FOR DECARBONIZATION
We see how the pandemic is used as a front for tackling overconsumption, which is the developed world’s problem, and overpopulation, which is the developing world’s problem.
How the pandemic is used as a front for tackling the decarbonization agenda, which is the umbrella term used to obscure the ways in which the over abuse of nature, thus environmental exploitation, is addressed in order to prevent environmental collapse.
To prevent the further destruction of the natural environment governments and the UN system have agreed that decarbonization is necessary and are aggressively pursuing it behind the pandemic front.
As pointed out, the carbon reduction measurement represents the general impact of civilization on environmental systems.
Decarbonization is the chosen strategy to prevent transgressing all ten planetary boundaries, which is why denying climate change is really a moot point.
By lowering carbon emissions the system hopes to safeguard all ten planetary boundaries:
(1) climate change
(2) biodiversity loss
(3) the nitrogen cycle
(4) the phosphorus cycle
(5) ocean acidification
(6) land use
(8) ozone depletion
(9) atmospheric aerosols
(10) chemical pollution.
Decarbonization is the process of lowering greenhouse gas emissions by replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources or by eliminating activities altogether.
According to the scientific consensus, absent deep decarbonization, the climate will shift from a stable to an unstable state making agriculture impossible in many parts of the world, displacing hundreds of millions of people with dire economic and human consequences.
All attempts to date to lower greenhouse gas emissions have failed.
The carbon trading scheme, the result of the 1997 Kyoto protocol, encourages firms and countries to buy and sell carbon permits but has turned out to be a total failure, in reducing carbon emissions, which have kept increasing year to year.
A carbon tax, unless global and globally enforced, would simply see firms migrating to countries without one, and has proved to be politically impossible.
Switching the energy and transport grid away from fossil fuels and onto renewable energy sources faces enormous costs and technical obstacles that have yet to be solved, such as how to store intermittent energy from solar and wind sources so it can be used when needed.
The system, therefore, has to find a way of lowering greenhouse gas emissions NOW and in a substantial way even while the global population continues to grow by 1% annually and the economy by 3%. A tall order if not an impossible task without annihilating half the world’s population.
The situation is summed up as follows:
– Global average temperatures have increased by more than 1℃ since pre-industrial times.
– CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere are now well over 400ppm – their highest levels in over 800,000 years.
– Globally we emit over 36 billion tonnes of CO2 per year – and this continues to increase.
– There are large differences – more than 100-fold – in per capita CO2 emissions between countries.
– Today, China is the world’s largest CO2 emitter – accounting for more than one-quarter of emissions. This is followed by the USA (15%); the EU (10%); India (7%); and Russia (5%).
– The USA has contributed most to global CO2 emissions to date, accounting for 25% of cumulative emissions. This is followed by the EU (22%); China (13%); Russia (6%) and Japan (4%).
– A large amount of CO2 is embedded in traded goods – this means some countries’ emissions increase while others decrease when we look at emissions based on consumption rather than production. One cargo ship emits equally to thousands of autos.
– There are large inequalities in CO2 emissions: the world’s poorest contribute less than 1% of emissions but will be the most vulnerable to climate change impacts.
– The world is not on track to meet its agreed target of limiting warming to 2℃. Under current policies, expected warming will be in the range 3.1 – 3.7℃.
(Source: https://ourworldindata.org/co2-and-other-greenhouse-gas-emi… )
Clearly, nothing done so far has worked since CO2 emissions and by extension ecological damage have continued to grow and we are racing towards the abyss faster and faster.
Political and scientific leaders, in their desperation, decided to act. First, they made Greta Thunberg into an environmental expert and hero overnight giving her the world’s biggest political platforms to sound the alarm, thus setting the stage for the now-famous term, plandemic.
Next, they gave China the world stage and China played its part as the source of a killer virus that may have escaped from a lab and is presumably engineered to be a bioweapon. Just the kind of misinformation needed to cause fear and panic.
To raise the level of fear and panic to a maximum we were shown people dropping dead in the streets in Wuhan after which the Chinese government quarantined the entire city, 11 million people, followed by entire regions. Within a month China quarantined 800 million people and shut down all nonessential industries, which crippled the entire global supply chain which is totally dependent on China.
China went first for two reasons:
First to serve as an example and model to all other nations that without radical action the virus cannot be stopped,
Secondly, to shut down the global economy China being the world’s manufacturing hub.
As a one-party state China can impose restrictions that annihilate all rights and liberties and no one can do anything about it. The world’s factory, all other nations, and all industries depend on China for parts, materials, and supplies.
Italy went next. Why? To shut down all borders, stop all travel, bring all non-essential industries to a halt, and bring the fear to Europe. Had China not gone first Italy could not have used China’s example and the government could not have quarantined the region of Lombardy and then all other Northern provinces thus depriving people of all their fundamental rights and liberties.
The rest of Europe followed suit and the same script, with the UK at the tail end because it has the freest society in Europe and the longest tradition of human rights and liberties.
The US came last for the same reason as the UK because it has the most powerful institutions and the freest society in the world where any infringement on civil rights and liberties would meet with strong opposition, which is exactly what happened despite the heavy and relentless propaganda.
To make sure that all people accept being locked in their homes supposedly to stop the spread of the pandemic the UK and the Netherlands were allowed to pretend for a while that they try
a different approach, one that does not involve lockdown, only to rethink their approach, apologize for making a mistake, and impose a lockdown like everyone else.
The role of the last ace in the hand was given to Sweden, which was the only European nation allowed to stay open throughout the pandemic, but only so it can regret its decision and thus exonerate all other nations that have ruined their economies with a lockdown.
The pandemic is nothing more than a global stage production, a plandemic, that has given governments the excuse and the plausible deniability they needed to bring the global economy to a standstill so as to reduce consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by imprisoning half the world’s population in the house, the half responsible for most of the world’s consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and to shut down all non-essential industries, bankrupt tens of thousands of companies and put countless millions out of work in order to give nature a chance to recover and also to set the stage for a restructuring of the global economy along the sustainability prerogative.
The tourism, hospitality, aviation, professional sports, entertainment, and retail industries were shut down and have yet to be reopened. These being non-essential industries the system has decided to sacrifice them and to reshape them into much smaller versions of themselves in order to lower the world’s carbon emissions by 7%, the target set by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
What could not be accomplished with carbon trading deals and international negotiations has been accomplished with quarantines, lockdowns, and curfews, thus with the global response to the pandemic which closed borders, shut down air travel, emptied streets, shuttered stores and brought industry to a halt.
By early April all G20 nations had lowered their greenhouse
gas emissions by far more than just the 7% needed; the US, for instance, by 32%, and the UK by 30%. Globally greenhouse gas emissions plunged 17%.
According to the Global Carbon Project, traffic restrictions accounted for 43% of the emissions drop, and reduced power and industrial production accounted for a further 43%.
These gains however would be reduced to just 4% if economic activity and mobility would be allowed to return to normal by mid-June, or by 7% if some restrictions remain worldwide until the end of the year, which would be the largest single annual decrease in absolute emissions since the end of World War II.
And that is why social distancing and the wearing of masks were introduced as conditions for easing the lockdown and why politicians, health officials, media commentators and all kinds of celebrities keep telling people to stay home and why governments delay the reopening of
tourism, aviation, restaurants, malls, theaters, cinemas, concerts and so on. If everything is closed people have nowhere to go, nothing to consume, and will thus cause no greenhouse gas emissions.
(Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0797-x )
Everything is driven by the climate change agenda and not one measure is taken so far has been driven by the pandemic prevention agenda, since there is no pandemic and no human health crisis, but there is a dire environmental crisis.
The plan scripted and followed by all G20 nations has been four-pronged:
(1) The first batch of policies targeted long-distance travel and consist of isolation of sick or symptomatic individuals, self-quarantine of travelers arriving from affected countries, screening passengers at transport hubs, ban on mass gatherings of more than 5000 people, closure of selected national borders, restricted international travel, and citizen repatriation.
(2) The second batch of policies was aimed at stopping 50% of society from normal daily routines and consist of: closure of all national borders; mandatory closure of schools, universities, public buildings, religious or cultural buildings, restaurants, bars and other nonessential businesses within a city or region; ban of public gatherings of more than 100 people.
(3) The third batch of policies are mandatory night curfews and two-week enforced isolation or self-isolation of asymptomatic individuals.
(4) And the fourth batch of policies aimed to substantially restrict the daily routine of all but key workers and consist of: mandatory national lockdowns that require household confinement of all but key workers, ban on all public gatherings, and the enforcement of the 2-meter social
The results these measures have had on people’s activity are extraordinary, as one would expect. Aviation suffered the largest drop at 75%, surface transport dropped 50%, industry 35%, the public sector 33%, and power 15%. The residential sector was the only one that saw an increase of 5% since people were confined at home.
As a result, global emissions from surface transport fell 36% and made the largest contribution to the total emissions change. The power sector fell by 7.4%, the industry sector by 19%, the aviation sector by 60%, and the public sector by 21%. The only emissions growth was registered in the residential sector at 2.8%.
The biggest drop in emissions until the end of April has occurred in China, with a decrease of 242 million tonnes of CO2, followed by the United States with a decrease of 207 million tonnes, then the EU in third place with a decrease of 123 million tonnes, and fourth India with a decrease of 98 million tonnes of CO2.
The four largest CO2 emitters in the world decreased their emissions in the same order as their global ranking, China being the biggest polluter in the world decreased its emissions the most, followed by the US, the EU and then India, which is, of course, no coincidence but the direct effect of the severity of their lockdowns and thus the result of deliberate planning.
And only deliberate planning will ensure that these dropshocks in emissions are not just temporary but permanent, for they do not yet reflect structural changes in the economic, transport and energy systems. These structural changes have yet to come.
They will come at a heavy price and will not result in higher well-being if they will be pursued once again through mandatory confinement under various lies.
The plandemic has created a window for radical change in different directions.
To make the drops in CO2 emissions permanent governments are attaching climate-related conditions to stimulus packages to restart the economy; stimulus packages that defund fossil fuel infrastructure and fund renewable energy. Governments are also introducing policies to reduce urban car traffic and to replace gas engines with hybrids and electric cars. That is mainly why Tesla is considered to be so valuable.
By making massive green investments governments hope to achieve a longer-lasting structural change that confine polluting industries to the past and brings green industries to the forefront. Stimulus programs are designed toward long-term climate mitigation goals. Only companies that are already moving towards meeting the Paris climate agreement goals will be funded while those that submit no plans for decreasing emissions will be forced to go under.
The short- to medium-term effects are and will continue to be extremely painful. As companies are going bankrupt or shrinking they are laying off millions of workers and unemployment has exploded to record highs. The World Bank predicts the biggest global recession in 80 years.
That is not the climate stabilization we have been promised. What we were promised is increased well-being not record unemployment, record bankruptcies, and record misery.
Yet national leaders have started announcing their plans for making the economy more carbon neutral.
On April 28, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has declared that the European Green Deal must be the driving force behind Europe’s economic recovery plan and reaffirmed her support for raising the EU’s emissions reduction target for 2030 from 40% to 55%. She said the climate must not be excluded from the economic stimulus packages currently being put together. She described carbon pricing as an important instrument for achieving the EU’s climate goals and expressed her hope that “as many countries as possible will go for it”. She also called for the extension of the EU’s emissions trading system to new sectors and said that Germany intends to do this for heating and transport.
A few hours earlier, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, made similar declarations. She said that with billions of dollars of investment planned we should not “fall back into old habits of environmental degradation”, but learn from the pandemic. She also advocated for investing in renewable energy, clean cars, and climate-friendly homes to make the bloc’s Green deal “the motor for economic recovery”.
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, not to be undone, called on the EU to show “global leadership” and present tougher emission targets for years up to 2030 by the end of the year. Any hesitation would only lead to more costs, both in terms of loss of life and economic losses, he said. “The highest cost is the cost of doing nothing”.
On May 27, the EU announced a 1.8 trillion post-pandemic recovery plan with green objectives tied into it that are worth 60 billion Euro of which 40 billion are earmarked for a climate-neutral Europe.
(Source: https://www.euronews.com/…/eu-commission-set-to-unveil-tril… )
On June 3, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that governing parties have agreed on a 130 billion Euro stimulus package to help revive the virus-hit economy. The package includes a 50 billion Euro fund for addressing climate change, innovation and digitization within the German economy.
(Source: https://www.dw.com/…/germanys-angela-merkel-unve…/a-53677420 )
Clearly, the decarbonization prerogative looms large behind the pandemic illusion and is the primary objective that governments and the UN system have decided to pursue with the coronavirus as a front.