A proposal from the “C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group” that initially flew under the radar has recently resurfaced, and it includes various regulations that have raised quite a few eyebrows.
This coalition of fourteen major American cities has set “ambitious targets” for the year 2030, which include zero meat and dairy consumption, three new clothing items per person per year, no private vehicles, and one short-haul return flight (less than 1500 km) every three years per person.
The movement, which is headed and heavily funded by Democrat billionaire Michael Bloomberg, is drawing mixed reactions from the American public. Many of Bloomberg’s critics have voiced concerns about the goals proposed by C40 Cities, suggesting they are extreme, unrealistic, and potentially dangerous.
Others have argued that while the goals may be ambitious, they also happen to be necessary, particularly during a time when the threat of human-caused climate change is ever-increasing.
Aside from interventions proposed by C40 Cities, the movement has also attracted a good deal of pushback due to the fact-checkers, who have come under fire for attempting to dismiss the claims put forth by media personalities such as Glenn Beck. In a “fact check” aimed at Beck, AFP Fact Check essentially claimed that the banning of meat and dairy and limits on air travel and clothing consumption were not policy recommendations, but merely “reference points.”
The report, entitled “The Future of Urban Consumption in a 1.5°C World”, sent out mixed messages, initially stating that the intentions behind the goals were to “provide a set of reference points that cities, and other actors, can reflect on when considering different emission-reduction alternatives and long-term urban visions,” only to then label them “ambitious targets”.
It appears that climate activists are serious about their goals, as recent developments have put these target in motion, making them more than just ambitious hopes. In the midst of the global pandemic, US City Mayor Eric Adams announced that New York City will place caps on the meat and dairy consumption in all public institutions.
The European Union has also made its stance on climate control efforts clear, banning the sale of new gas-powered vehicles after 2030, and France banning short-haul flights “to cut carbon emissions”.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) – who promote C40 Cities’ goals on their website – has also introduced “The Great Reset”, which seeks to use the pandemic as a point from which to launch a global reset of society to supposedly combat climate change.
On closer review, it appears that climate activists are stuffing their ulterior motives into a bag labelled “climate control”, as the wealthy and powerful continue to set unreasonable goals that are ultimately detrimental to people’s livelihoods. WEF’s aims include offering a universal income and introducing a maximum income level, while wealthy individuals buy up residential homes and farmland all over the world. Ironically, these measures will do more harm than good, as wealthy nations tend to have cleaner environments and put less strain on natural resources.
Ultimately, Israel Englehardt of Fox News argues that the climate coalition’s goals are “inherently anti-human”, and that punishing people for the necessary protein and vitamins provided by meat, shrinking humans to consume fewer resources, and impoverishing the masses will do more harm than good for the planet and the people.
Englehardt suggests that a better way to combat climate change would be to invest in safe and reliable nuclear energy, as opposed to wind and solar energy, which can’t always be relied upon due to inclement weather.