Nicolas Hulot’s Post-Covid-19 Green Nightmare

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A recent document published by the Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira Institute (The Most Monumental Social Engineering and Ideological Transshipment Effort in History), says radical ecologists are positioning themselves to become one of the main beneficiaries of the economic and social crisis that will result from the forced confinement of the population.

Since lockdown measures began to be enforced, the Greens have proclaimed to the four winds that this proves that it is possible to impose rigid standards to change people’s behavior in the face of a global threat people’s behavior. From now on, they claim, it would not make sense not to declare a “climate emergency” and impose severe measures to decrease CO2 production.

Today’s statements by the French ecologist leader Nicolas Hulot to the leftist daily Le Monde largely confirm IPCO’s accusation.

Hulot may be unknown to those not particularly familiar with French politics. But in France, according to opinion polls, he is the public personality who enjoys the highest level of popularity.

After working as a press photographer and journalist, Hulot became a well-known figure in every household for his television program Ushuaïa, featuring extreme sports and beautiful landscapes. With the sympathies raised by his program and partnerships with large companies and the leading television channel, he launched the Foundation for Nature and Man, today the Nicolas Hulot Foundation, dedicated to combating “climate change.” When he failed as a candidate of the Europe Ecology-The Greens Party in the 2012 presidential election, President Macron offered him the Ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition, a position he held between May 2017 and August 2018, when he resigned alleging that ecology was not a government priority. While holding no political office, he remains a prominent figure in debates about environmental issues and does not hide his ambitions for the 2022 presidential elections.

From atop his watchtower, Nicolas Hulot felt that, with the panic caused around Covid-19, it was time to make radical proposals to influence public decisions that will shape the emerging “new normality.” According to him, the present crisis “renders acceptable proposals that until now seemed entirely unattainable.” It is now possible “to create a virtuous circle between citizen sentiment and political action.”

The title Le Monde gave the lengthy interview is very illustrative of this psychological change in the post-coronavirus scenario: “Nicolas Hulot: ‘The World Afterward Will be Radically Different from that of Today, and it Will be so Willingly or by Force.’”

Like Pope Francis, he maintains that the health crisis caused by the coronavirus is rooted in the disturbances of the ecological system created by our excess production and consumption. In short, it is retaliation. He complains that the climate crisis presents the “catastrophic scenario” of a “systemic crisis” that, combined with others, can “cause chaos” but is treated with “homeopathic doses” that do not correspond to “one fourth of the solutions adopted against the coronavirus.”

On the contrary, Hulot maintains that “society, which has accepted to forego fundamental freedoms without flinching, dreams of being able to regain confidence in the future, and so it is necessary to do things in a big way.” He adds: “We are in a radical situation; I will not settle for measures that are not radical. That wouldn’t do any good.”

According to the environmental leader, “the welfare state is back,” but one must demand concrete ecological compensation for the financial aid made available to companies to save them from bankruptcy.

People must be forced to change their behavior: “For example, you can no longer take a plane as before or buy a product that arrives through Amazon from the end of the world in 24 hours. Will those who can afford it be able to buy solid cars or SUVs? I hope not. Will you find out of season food products in stores? No. Supply and consumption will have to change quickly.”

To favor this change, one must impose low taxes on “ecologically and socially virtuous goods and services,” and penalize “toxic goods” with dissuasive taxes, launching “local currencies” that allow local authorities to help the most underprivileged.

The interview comes with a manifesto containing “100 Principles for a New World.”[1]  All of them begin with the refrain, “the time has come…” Below are some of the most significant statements, ordered by themes. While based on the myth of “noble savage,” their ultimate horizon is self-managing tribal life, as Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira denounced in his prophetic study, Indigenous Tribalism, the Communist-Missionary Ideal for Brazil in the Twenty-First Century.

The utopia of a new world – “The time has come, together, to lay the first stones of a new world / in a frantic effort to open up new paths / to believe that another world is possible to change the paradigm.”

Enabled by ideological transshipment – “The time has come … for a new way of thinking” / “to emancipate oneself from dogmas” / “to get rid of our individual and collective mental conditioning” / “to create a conscience lobby.”

Toward a frugal lifestyle – “The time has come … to free ourselves from our consumerist addictions.” / “of sobriety” / “to learn how to live more simply” / “to apprehend all the ecological, climatic, social, economic, and health crises as a single crisis: a crisis of excess” / “to exempt public services from the Performance Act.”

Imitating the tribal life of Aborigines– “The time has come…  to recognize plural humanity” / “to cultivate difference“ / “to listen to aboriginal peoples” / “to bind our ‘I’ to the ‘we.’” / “to create bonds” / “of collective intelligence.”

In harmony with nature – “The time has come… for us to reconcile with nature” / “to care for and repair nature” / “to respect the diversity and integrity of life” / “to give space to the wild world” / “to treat animals with respect for their own interests.”

There is no doubt that the world of tomorrow will be radically different if panicked humanity allows itself to be carried away by Nicolas Hulot’s ecological dream. And if humanity rejects his dream, it will have to fight so that it is not imposed by force.

 

 

Translated by the staff of Fatima Today.

 

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[1] https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2020/05/06/les-100-principes-de-nicolas-hulot-pour-un-nouveau-monde_6038802_3232.html.

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