World needs ‘climate lockdowns’ to fight climate change

World needs ‘climate lockdowns’ to fight climate change
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[Ed. – Just a guess: Ocasio-Cortez is all in on the idea.]

As COVID-19 spread earlier this year, governments introduced lockdowns in order to prevent a public-health emergency from spinning out of control. In the near future, the world may need to resort to lockdowns again—this time to tackle a climate emergency.

Shifting Arctic ice, raging wildfires in western U.S. states and elsewhere, and methane leaks in the North Sea are all warning signs that we are approaching a tipping point on climate change, when protecting the future of civilization will require dramatic interventions.

Under a “climate lockdown,” governments would limit private-vehicle use, ban consumption of red meat, and impose extreme energy-saving measures, while fossil-fuel companies would have to stop drilling. To avoid such a scenario, we must overhaul our economic structures and do capitalism differently.

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COVID-19 is itself a consequence of environmental degradation: one recent study dubbed it “the disease of the Anthropocene.”

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

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