The architect of the United Nations’ Paris climate agreement has joined the list of climate activists calling coronavirus deaths “an opportunity.” While dismissing the human misery caused by the coronavirus, Christiana Figueres advocated for permanent restrictions on human behavior and economic activity similar to what governments have imposed in response to the coronavirus.

Christiana Figueres was the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the top UN climate official overseeing the drafting of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. This week, in an April 1 article in New Scientist, Figueres callously dismissed the deaths and misery caused by coronavirus in comparison to climate change.

“Moments of crisis are always moments of opportunity,” Figueres upliftingly wrote.

In her article, Figueres failed to mention any of the tens of thousands of people who have died from the pandemic. The closest she came was a brief reference to a “tragedy,” while quickly minimizing that tragedy in comparison to climate change.

“The coronavirus pandemic is a tragedy and its consequences will be felt for a long time. Yet though global health conditions will eventually return to a form of normal, our environment will never do so,” wrote Figueres.

Figueres followed up by advocating permanent government restrictions on individual freedom and the economy similar to what government is imposing in response to the coronavirus.

“But global challenges also require individuals to change their behavior, which many people have shown can happen quickly,” wrote Figueres. “These changes are only effective if all members of society participate. To tackle climate change, we as individuals need to change our diets, consumption patterns, ways of interacting with one another and how we travel.”

“Our approach to covid-19 can also help tackle climate change,” she emphasized.

Figueres further argued that coronavirus financial assistance to unemployed workers and crippled businesses must take a backseat to climate activists’ longtime goals.

“We must ensure these packages don’t compound the climate crisis,” wrote Figueres.

[Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and Flickr, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christiana_Figueres_Bonn_Climate_Change_Conference_May_2012.jpg]

James Taylor is Director of the Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy at The Heartland Institute. Taylor is the former managing editor (2001-2014) of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly publication devoted to sound science and free-market environmentalism.

10 COMMENTS

  1. James Taylor, it is time for action! The Heartland Institute has done an excellent job of informing people of the issues. I thank the Institute for advertising by book, FALSE ALARM: The Rise and Fall of the Carbon Dioxide Theory of Climate Change. This book proves that CO2 is not the cause of climate change in three different ways –and that the entire climate dialogue from the left is a fraud. We need a delegation of scientists to approach Trump and demand that the USA cut the UN budget by 33% and dismiss all UN employees involved in the climate effort. This is a solved science issue — not a political one which is polluting the world with socialist aspirations. The UN will object, but demand an international debate or take the financial loss!

    • You raise a valid point. Perhaps it’s time to force the U.N to have an intelligent, fully informed & honest climate debate. Basing policy on suspect/immature models that can’t fully account for complex variables is not a sound strategy. Look no further than the modeling difficulties & the unique challenges we are currently experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a lesson that is unfolding and should be learned…

  2. What an idiot.
    This is about what you’d expect from the chief climate alarmists; who view everything as an opportunity to creat fear and, extract $.
    Such anti- human behaviour should get her locked up for inciting panic.

  3. Apparently, Ms. Figueres hasn’t lost anyone to Covid19 whom she cares about. The U.N. and World Health Organization need a radical overhaul of personnel, if we are to regain our sanity and U.S. independence. The leaders who allowed us to become dependent on China, need to have asterisks next to their biographies. If there is anything to learn from the current health crisis, it is the need to reassert our leadership and economic dominance over the planet. Our survival is clearly at stake, unless we remember who we are, and remind the world of it.

  4. The climate fraud Christiana Figueres is moving from delusional to psychotic. Without a thought for how many billion would die if we abandoned 85% of world’s energy, fossil fuels. Without ANY UNDERSTANDING how completely beneficial a little more CO2 is in nature’s slide downwards from 7000ppm for 600 million years towards lethally LOW LEVELS today. Thanks to phonies like Christiana Figueres, the UN is turning itself into a disrespectable joke. https://www.climatedepot.com/2017/01/17/danish-statistician-un-climate-treaty-will-cost-100-trillion-to-postpone-global-warming-by-less-than-four-year-by-2100/

  5. She needs to jailed..she is talking Nazisum.
    Thats not freedom.. thats a return to the old Hitler dream of world Domination.
    And using this virus as stepping stone to environmental activisms goal to controls the planet’s fradulant climate Emergency by controlling the populus and through taxation

  6. “These changes are only effective if all members of society participate. To tackle climate change, we as individuals need to change our diets, consumption patterns, ways of interacting with one another and how we travel.” This is from a woman who recently received a peace prize from the University of New South Wales in Australia. She certainly didn’t paddle a canoe from America and back again.

  7. What a blind idiot. I guess once you have been seized by the climate change disease, you are unable to see anything else. Pathetic.

  8. People like this really don’t live in the real world, it is their fanasty, if these type of people had to come and live in reality they would starve to death. If they want to get an idea about living just cone north of the 49 parallel In the middle of December.

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