Judging from the much-hyped and widely mocked speech by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg at the United Nations earlier this week, it’s clear that some young people are convinced that the world will soon end unless we do something drastic.
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” Thunberg said. “… We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”
Earlier this year, I noted some of the spectacularly wrong climate apocalypse predictions made in the last half-century. The dire predictions still abound, this time relating to climate change—and some are pushing for extraordinary measures to address the issue.
Most of the climate activist solutions thus far have focused on getting rid of fossil fuels and generally finding ways to end capitalism and put us on the road to socialism. But these aren’t the only suggestions being put forward to avert climate disaster.
While the global elite jet around the world doing mother Gaia’s work advancing the gospel of climate wokeness, here’s how activists would force the rest of us to cope with what they call the climate crisis.
1. Shut Down Air Travel
The initial Green New Deal, a proposal by self-avowed democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.-N.Y., did more than just call for giving tax dollars to those unable or “unwilling” to work. It set out a radical plan to fundamentally change the American way of life.
Part of that plan was to make air travel completely obsolete—a goal that would be necessary to achieve “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions.
How would this be done?
By blanketing the U.S. with high-speed rail.
While Americans in the 19th century built the Transcontinental Railroad—which stretched nearly 2,000 miles—in a mere six years, our glorious 21st-century high-speed rail project may take a bit longer.
After all, the California High-Speed Rail project, stifled by environmental impact challenges among others, has been in the works for over a decade. Of the proposed track, initially promised as a link between Los Angeles and San Francisco, little has been laid down outside the more rural Central Valley.
Billions of dollars have been poured into the project, which will undoubtedly soak up billions more. Total cost estimates have mushroomed to $77 billion.
It’s been such a dismal failure that even the progressive Gov. Gavin Newsom of the richest state in the union admitted that there “simply isn’t a path” to complete the project without even more money.
Undoubtedly, our future of obsolete air travel is just around the corner.
2. Stop Having Children
Things were pretty bad in the Dark Ages, and the Black Plague was kind of rough, but these ages pale in comparison to the future climate apocalypse.
It’s so bad, in fact, that climate activists now suggest we should stop having children to shield their nonexistent lives from the horrors that surely await them.
As usual, Ocasio-Cortez has led the way on this issue. She said in an Instagram livestream: “Basically, there’s a scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult. And it does lead, I think, young people to have a legitimate question: Is it OK to still have children?”
Some celebrities, like singer Miley Cyrus, have hopped aboard this movement.
“We’re getting handed a piece-of-s— planet, and I refuse to hand that down to my child,” Cyrus said in an interview with Elle magazine earlier this year, before she divorced her husband and jumped into a lesbian relationship, which she recently cut off.
“Until I feel like my kid would live on an earth with fish in the water, I’m not bringing in another person to deal with that.”
But it isn’t just rich celebrities who’ve bravely and selflessly vowed to spare their nonexistent kids a miserable existence. Other activists have mobilized for the cause as well.
However, as some of these anti-child activists have acknowledged, simply cutting the number of kids in the world won’t solve the problem.
“Even with drastic, draconian, eugenic policies of population reduction—which are completely immoral—we wouldn’t save ourselves,” said U.K. climate activist Blythe Pepino in an interview with The Guardian. “We have to change the way we live.”
Some of those changes would turn our lives upside-down.
3. Ban Red Meat and Start Eating Bugs
Meat consumption is a huge obstacle in climate activists’ war against climate change. This is in part why the FAQs of the Green New Deal mentioned getting rid of “farting cows,” which emit methane into the atmosphere.
Some progressive activists have proposed banning meat entirely as a solution to stopping climate change.
It seems many aren’t willing to go quite this far, though.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said recently that while she “love[s] cheeseburgers,” she thinks we also need to be “educated about the effect of our eating habits on our environment,” and reduce the amount of red meat in our diets.
For those who can’t bear to ditch meat entirely, some alternatives have been suggested.
Insects have been proposed as not only a potentially sustainable animal feed, but for human diets. According to some researchers, convincing people to eat mealworms and other grubs and bugs would simply require better marketing.
4. Go Green and Eat Your Neighbor
Perhaps the boldest dietary change was proposed by a Swedish scientist on a panel called “Can You Imagine Eating Human Flesh?”
What has gotten into Sweden lately?
At the so-called GastroSummit, behavioral scientist Magnus Soderlund suggested that to cope with climate change in the future, human beings will have to eat other human beings to survive.
Soderlund dismissed opposition to eating people as a conservative “taboo,” nothing more than an example of selfish capitalism.
The seminar’s talking points said, according to The Epoch Times:
“Are we humans too selfish to live sustainably? Is cannibalism the solution to food sustainability in the future? Does Generation Z have the answers to our food challenges? Can consumers be tricked into making the right decisions? At GastroSummit, you will get some answers to these questions—and also partake in the latest scientific findings and get to meet the leading experts.”
At least Soderlund doesn’t appear to be a hypocrite. He said that he’d at least be willing to try human flesh.
“I feel somewhat hesitant but to not appear overly conservative … I’d have to say … I’d be open to at least tasting it,” Soderlund said.
Who knew that zombies were the socially conscious heroes in “Night of the Living Dead”?
No wonder kids are so scared about the end of the world.
Jarrett Stepman is a contributor to The Daily Signal and co-host of The Right Side of History podcast. He is also the author of the soon-to-be released book, "The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America's Past."
Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by The Daily Signal.