The Climate Scammers are a real work of art. They have taken the China virus and used it to catapult the climate scam not only back in the news BUT on the front page! I trust you (my readers) have not fallen for this false religion! Anyway, ‘With the coronavirus pandemic gripping the planet, industries are shutting down, planes are being grounded and shoppers are staying home. COVID-19 has already reduced China’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25%. Other countries may experience similar trends, leading to lower emissions in 2020 than in previous years.
But this doesn’t mean that we should be cheering the climate benefits of the outbreak.
Instead, advocates for climate justice recognize that like the climate crisis, the pandemic and its spiraling
impacts, will hit women, the poor and most marginalized the hardest.
We believe that responses to climate change – and all global emergencies – must have social justice at
their core. This means rejecting the idea that the sufferings of vulnerable people and increasing inequality
are acceptable trade-offs for reducing emissions.
The global response needed for the pandemic provides lessons for the action needed to tackle climate
change. Governments, movements and society must internalize these principles to address these
emergencies with solutions that ensure justice for all:
Equality: Governments must protect women, the poor and vulnerable from both crises and their impacts,
valuing every human life equally regardless of nationality, wealth, gender, race or age. Similarly, it is not
acceptable for one generation to continue business-as-usual in the knowledge that they are relatively
safe, while increasing the risk and impact for another generation.
Social protections: Free, universal healthcare, paid sick leave and unemployment benefits for workers in
the formal and informal economies, are urgently needed so that people don’t have to chose between
protecting their livelihoods and protecting society during the pandemic. Similarly, social protection
measures, such as job guarantees, income support or guarantees of the same wage and benefits, will be
key to helping workers in carbon-intensive industries make a just transition away from jobs that harm the
climate. Governments must also address the fact that women are disproportionately affected by both
crises, as they tend to carry a greater burden of unpaid care and frontline work.
Solidarity: No country can ‘go it alone’. Governments must work together and avoid retreating into
nationalistic and competitive approaches. As with climate change, wealthy countries must do their ‘fair
share’ and scale up financial and technology support for lower-income countries. True solidarity also
means embracing and sharing solutions, many of which are being pioneered in the Global South.
The ‘invisible hand of the market’ won’t fix this: Both crises show the need for deep systemic change.
These emergencies expose the injustices of neo-liberal economic systems, in which powerful corporations
prioritize profits over the common good and do all they can to avoid regulations. Governments’ responses
to the pandemic require them to make public policy decisions, including strong regulatory measures, in
the interests of their citizens rather than their corporate political donors. Calls for a massive scaling up of
public financing, and nationalization of health and other services to deal with the pandemic, must be
expanded to energy, water provision and public transport.
Build back better: When crises hit, responses must strengthen people’s ability to cope with future
emergencies. Just as responses to the pandemic must protect society now and in future, humanitarian
responses to climate disasters must also strengthen communities’ longer-term resilience through social
protections and climate-resilient interventions.
It’s never too late to act: Every day that passes counts. Every action that limits harm is worth it. Even if
we’re slower out of the starting blocks than we should have been, we must start now. Giving up is not an
option, however bad the situation may appear.
Do what it takes – but don’t abuse power: As many governments have been slow to take stringent
measures to halt the pandemic, citizens have called for stronger measures to contain the crisis. Society
has shown its willingness to accept inconvenience, strong government intervention, social protections and
yes, less shopping and flying, if it means protecting millions of vulnerable lives. Governments must take
heed of this. Our resolve to do what it takes to solve the climate crisis, in ways that advance social justice,
is just as strong. But they must not abuse their power, nor cement measures taken in times of emergency
into authoritarian limits on freedom after the crisis has passed.’http://Bringing-climate-justice-thinking-to-the-COVID-19-pandemic.pdf
Now, that last statement is exactly what this is all about. Your and my freedom are at stake here! If the Democrats win the WH then be sure the freedoms you enjoyed before January, 2021 will be only a memory.