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Is Neoliberalism Hurting Our Climate And The Paris Accord?

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Greta Thunberg was recently named Time’s Person of the Year, beating famed nominees like Donald Trump, Keanu Reeves, Meghan Markle and Mark Zuckerberg in the process. It is hardly surprising, considering the past year. Climate activism has become a new buzzword, with Greta as the shiny poster girl. With her Scandinavian appeal and her no-nonsense attitude, she has managed to give a voice to a large group of youngsters. 

Our Climate And The UN Climate Change Conference

Neoliberalism is protested against by a group that is angry as the world that they still have to grow up in is destroyed by older generations. And they are not alone. Protests against neoliberalism serve to increasingly question the validity of governmental measures that have had such a dire impact on all kinds of social programs, including action on climate change.

Recommended: Who’s Greta Thunberg’s Rival On Climate Facts, Naomi Seibt?

Hong Kong, La Paz, Paris, Port-Au-Prince, Quito, Barcelona, Beirut and Santiago. Just a number of cities that have experienced uproar and growing unrest amongst new governmental policies. People are taking to the streets to express their dissatisfaction and anger, calling out to those in charge. Whether they are protesting rising fuel prices, extradition of criminals, corrupt politicians or tax increases - it all comes down to the same thing: the system of neoliberalism crumbling and falling apart at the seams. 

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Neoliberalism, what is the concept?
Neoliberalism or neo-liberalism is the 20th-century resurgence of 19th-century ideas associated with laissez-faire economic liberalism and free market capitalism. As such, neoliberalism shares many attributes with other concepts that have contested meanings, including democracy.

Only last week, 25,000 people attended the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference, or COP25, in Madrid. Originally, this conference was to be held in Santiago, Chile. Yet in an unprecedented move, the city was overtaken by huge numbers of angry citizens, protesting a simple increase in their transport rates. 

Recommended: COP25: Can Paris Accord Signatories Beat The Fossil Industry

If one million angry Chileans protesting a price increase of their train ticket does not alarm you, very few things might. Fact is, these mass demonstrations are just another illustration of how fed up the world is with neoliberalism’s failings. This includes the proactive avoidance of real action meant to cut down CO2 emissions. Politicians are more concerned with their own agenda than with saving the world.

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                                             Neoliberalism: The story of a big economic bust up | BBC Ideas
                                                Is Neoliberalism Hurting Our Climate And The Paris Accord?

Neoliberalism has been hurting our planet for quite some time. Just look at the Arctic, one of the most important elements of the earth’s climate system. Before, the Arctic served as a carbon sink, taking out more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it put in. It basically acted like the lungs of the world, taking out the pollution and ‘clearing’ the air.

Which country is the biggest polluter?
The top 8 nations with the highest CO2 emissions are:
  • China
  • United States
  • European Union
  • India
  • Russia
  • Japan
  • Germany
  • South Korea

Areal the Artic mud, grass, person

Just recently, under the pressure of neoliberal measures and failures to act, it appears that the Arctic has become a chainsmoker. Instead of serving as a carbon sink, it is now rapidly becoming a carbon source. The net emissions are greater than the net absorptions, meaning that the Arctic will start to add to climate change instead of possibly relieving it.

This shift represents a drastic turn for the worse in our earth’s climate system. Looking at our paleo climate history, this seems to ring in the end of a climate era. Permafrost research has confirmed that the region as a whole appears to move away from being a carbon sink to being a carbon source - a prelude to drastic climate changes and, indeed, a move away from life as we know it.

Neoliberalism Hurting Our Climate: Inequality

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Neoliberalism is causing inequality
One possible explanation for the rise in income inequality is the emergence of neoliberalism: the implementation of policies meant to privatize the economy. However, neoliberalism increases income inequality by rewarding those who are already wealthy, while providing fewer nets for poorer populations to fall back on.

While climate change is rapidly moving to the point of no return, inequality is growing. Not just income inequality, or wealth inequality - although this has certainly spurred many people to take to the streets to express their dissatisfaction. Those who ‘have’ are hesitant to change the status quo, afraid of losing their ‘haves’, while those who ‘don’t have’ are becoming more and more upset.

Recommended: Consumerism In ‘The West’: A Society Built On Exploitation

Neoliberalism has deregulating economies. In an effort to grow economies, the economic world stage has spent the past few decades deregulating industries. This has only served to increase inequality, with employers reaping the benefits from workers fighting for a place to work and, hence, forfeiting any illusion of a seat at the negotiation table. The working class is barely protected and left largely to their own devices.

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Neoliberalism's Failure And The Climate Crisis

It is not just the worker’s position in the workplace that is being threatened. Their home environment is threatened in a similar fashion, with climate change standing on the doorstep. It is ironic that those who had the least to do with it will be hit the hardest, unable to afford the literal higher ground or protective measures. 

Inequality in a global warming stricken world: it appears to be the imminent future. The climate crisis will hit all of us, unless drastic action is taken today. Unfortunately, it has been proven time and time again that drastic action is not one of the strong suits of neoliberal politicians. Their doubt and indecisiveness have already led to all of those protesters going out to express their anger. Will we let it lead to the destruction of our planet as well?

The answer should be no. This means that, if we are to combat climate change, we might have to look at the larger picture. Find a way of kicking neoliberalism to the curb and find a way of governing countries that is more in tune with today’s needs. In a way that will, eventually, protect workers’ rights and solve this climate change crisis. 

All of these protests that the world has seen in the past year are nothing if not indicative of one thing: the masses seem to realise that ‘politics as it was’ does not work anymore. Now it is up to us to find an alternative.

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Is Neoliberalism Hurting Our Climate And The Paris Accord?

Greta Thunberg was recently named Time’s Person of the Year, beating famed nominees like Donald Trump, Keanu Reeves, Meghan Markle and Mark Zuckerberg in the process. It is hardly surprising, considering the past year. Climate activism has become a new buzzword, with Greta as the shiny poster girl. With her Scandinavian appeal and her no-nonsense attitude, she has managed to give a voice to a large group of youngsters.   Our Climate And The UN Climate Change Conference Neoliberalism is protested against by a group that is angry as the world that they still have to grow up in is destroyed by older generations. And they are not alone. Protests against neoliberalism serve to increasingly question the validity of governmental measures that have had such a dire impact on all kinds of social programs, including action on climate change. Recommended:  Who’s Greta Thunberg’s Rival On Climate Facts, Naomi Seibt? Hong Kong, La Paz, Paris, Port-Au-Prince, Quito, Barcelona, Beirut and Santiago. Just a number of cities that have experienced uproar and growing unrest amongst new governmental policies. People are taking to the streets to express their dissatisfaction and anger, calling out to those in charge.   Whether they are protesting rising fuel prices, extradition of criminals, corrupt politicians or tax increases - it all comes down to the same thing: the system of neoliberalism crumbling and falling apart at the seams.   Neoliberalism, what is the concept? Neoliberalism or neo-liberalism is the 20th-century resurgence of 19th-century ideas associated with laissez-faire economic liberalism and free market capitalism. As such, neoliberalism shares many attributes with other concepts that have contested meanings, including democracy. Only last week, 25,000 people attended the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference, or COP25, in Madrid. Originally, this conference was to be held in Santiago, Chile. Yet in an unprecedented move, the city was overtaken by huge numbers of angry citizens, protesting a simple increase in their transport rates.   Recommended:  COP25: Can Paris Accord Signatories Beat The Fossil Industry If one million angry Chileans protesting a price increase of their train ticket does not alarm you, very few things might. Fact is, these mass demonstrations are just another illustration of how fed up the world is with neoliberalism’s failings. This includes the proactive avoidance of real action meant to cut down CO2 emissions. Politicians are more concerned with their own agenda than with saving the world. Neoliberalism Hurting Our Climate: Permafrost ‘Tells’ The Story {youtube}                                              Neoliberalism: The story of a big economic bust up | BBC Ideas                                                 Is Neoliberalism Hurting Our Climate And The Paris Accord? Neoliberalism has been hurting our planet for quite some time. Just look at the Arctic, one of the most important elements of the earth’s climate system. Before, the Arctic served as a carbon sink, taking out more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it put in. It basically acted like the lungs of the world, taking out the pollution and ‘clearing’ the air. Which country is the biggest polluter? The top 8 nations with the highest CO2 emissions are: China United States European Union India Russia Japan Germany South Korea Just recently, under the pressure of neoliberal measures and failures to act, it appears that the Arctic has become a chainsmoker. Instead of serving as a carbon sink, it is now rapidly becoming a carbon source. The net emissions are greater than the net absorptions, meaning that the Arctic will start to add to climate change instead of possibly relieving it. This shift represents a drastic turn for the worse in our earth’s climate system. Looking at our paleo climate history, this seems to ring in the end of a climate era. Permafrost research has confirmed that the region as a whole appears to move away from being a carbon sink to being a carbon source - a prelude to drastic climate changes and, indeed, a move away from life as we know it. Neoliberalism Hurting Our Climate: Inequality Neoliberalism is causing inequality One possible explanation for the rise in income inequality is the emergence of neoliberalism: the implementation of policies meant to privatize the economy. However, neoliberalism increases income inequality by rewarding those who are already wealthy, while providing fewer nets for poorer populations to fall back on. While climate change is rapidly moving to the point of no return, inequality is growing. Not just income inequality, or wealth inequality - although this has certainly spurred many people to take to the streets to express their dissatisfaction. Those who ‘have’ are hesitant to change the status quo, afraid of losing their ‘haves’, while those who ‘don’t have’ are becoming more and more upset. Recommended:  Consumerism In ‘The West’: A Society Built On Exploitation Neoliberalism has deregulating economies. In an effort to grow economies, the economic world stage has spent the past few decades deregulating industries. This has only served to increase inequality, with employers reaping the benefits from workers fighting for a place to work and, hence, forfeiting any illusion of a seat at the negotiation table. The working class is barely protected and left largely to their own devices. Neoliberalism's Failure And The Climate Crisis It is not just the worker’s position in the workplace that is being threatened. Their home environment is threatened in a similar fashion, with climate change standing on the doorstep. It is ironic that those who had the least to do with it will be hit the hardest, unable to afford the literal higher ground or protective measures.   Inequality in a global warming stricken world: it appears to be the imminent future. The climate crisis will hit all of us, unless drastic action is taken today. Unfortunately, it has been proven time and time again that drastic action is not one of the strong suits of neoliberal politicians. Their doubt and indecisiveness have already led to all of those protesters going out to express their anger. Will we let it lead to the destruction of our planet as well? The answer should be no. This means that, if we are to combat climate change, we might have to look at the larger picture. Find a way of kicking neoliberalism to the curb and find a way of governing countries that is more in tune with today’s needs. In a way that will, eventually, protect workers’ rights and solve this climate change crisis.   All of these protests that the world has seen in the past year are nothing if not indicative of one thing: the masses seem to realise that ‘politics as it was’ does not work anymore. Now it is up to us to find an alternative. Before you go! Recommended:  Earth Matters. Nature And Us: What Was, What’s Left: Hope? Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about the effect of climate change in your neighborhood? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
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