Dystopia’s Prelude: A Case for The Great Pause

A short climate manifesto.

Marjan Krebelj

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MidJourney.

Once more, I am stepping into the shoes of Hari Seldon, and here is my short speech to the Empire.

The year 2023 is when the curve of climate change took a notable shift upward. It has been on an exponential slope from the very beginning, only that, so far, the progress was rather flat and slow. Now the function began to accelerate at a pace that is more visibly exponential.

Although I believe it is theoretically still not too late to act and reverse the trend, the amount of changes needed has become almost impossible to implement at scale.

The only sensible thing to do right now would be to impose a strict climate lockdown, shut down all sectors that are not necessary for the survival of humanity, and chill for the rest of the century. Basically, we stop almost everything except food production, its distribution, and medicine. Everything else is kept at the bare minimum.

We can still make clothes as functional items, but we can’t have fashion anymore. We can eat plants, but not animal-based foods. We can travel, but not using fossil fuels. And so on. I think you get the point.

We strip billionaires of their assets and use them to provide for the poor and those who are left unemployed. We further convert all of the military defense budgets and military assets for the same purpose. We are defending against the changing climate, so there is no contradiction here. Defense is defense.

Basically, we implement a climate lockdown and a climate communism, if you will. The change does not need to happen overnight; a year or two of a transition period would be in place so that companies can use the final set of resources to provide us products that are actually made to the best of their abilities and not in compliance with planned obsolescence. You need a fridge that will last you for decades, not years.

In short, we need to kill the economy as we know it to save biology, including our very own. Please don’t tell me this won’t work because we’ve all seen how fast nature can heal itself if we only let her alone. Remember the spring of 2020?

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Marjan Krebelj

Once an architect, now a freelance photographer/filmmaker with passion for words.