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“Rapid transformation of societies”, what does that mean?

OffGuardian | October 30, 2022

Next Sunday is the beginning of the UN’s climate summit COP27 in Cairo, and this week the media have been busily laying groundwork ahead of some inevitably alarmist speeches and policy announcements.

For example, the Guardian is running with:

World close to ‘irreversible’ climate breakdown, warn major studies

Which warns:

All three of the key UN agencies have produced damning reports in the last two days. The UN environment agency’s report found there was “no credible pathway to 1.5C in place” and that “woefully inadequate” progress on cutting carbon emissions means the only way to limit the worst impacts of the climate crisis is a “rapid transformation of societies”.

“Rapid transformation of societies”, what does that mean?

Well, we already know, because it’s the same things we did to “fight covid”: Lockdowns, travel bans, digital passports. Alongside the new facets of a “climate lockdown” which would involve limitations on energy usage, among many other awful things.

In another possible warning sign, Al Ahram, Egypt’s largest newspaper, ran an opinion piece this week headlined:

Climate change and international law

Which argues that international legal agreements need to be stronger to protect the environment, concluding with this little nugget:

Moreover, in recognition of the dangerous consequences of climate change, a number of international law experts have recently suggested amending the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and adding the crime against the environment to the other crimes over which the Court has jurisdiction. A number of states have already begun supporting that proposal.

Yes, that’s the next stage – making pollution a crime against humanity, punishable by the International Criminal Court.

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  1. Belyi says:

    It’s started. As I went out today I found a couple of A4 sheets stuck to the front door from our letting agency but with the names of other entities including the Geneva City council at the bottom.

    In nannyish terms we have been told to wear thicker clothes, wash ourselves and our clothes at a lower temperature and presumably less often, not to use electric radiators etc., etc. with a whole treatise on how to cook to conserve energy.

    As we pay individually for our heating and electricity costs I would have thought it was up to us to decide on that part of the message.

    The cold in our apartments is not due to the temperature but to the lack of insulation which the proprietor was too stingy to install when the building was modified to add three extra floors.