Essay by Eric Worrall
First published in JoNova; “… How do you deal with climate change if people don’t believe it exists? …”. Obviously if you’re a climate skeptic, you somehow resemble a terrorist extremist who promotes mass murder and is part of an effort to “… create chaos and reduce capacity self-defense of others…”.
The lessons of COVID are in many ways the same as those of climate change.
When a crisis hits us, we cannot and will not solve these problems on our own.
The next pandemic will not be stopped by the efforts of one country, but by all of us. Climate action will only succeed in the least committed country, when it reduces collective ambition.
I am not suggesting, though, that we rely on the goodwill of others to make progress.
We need a dual strategy. A place where we drive collective effort, but we also use our multilateral tools to make progress.
That’s why about pandemic preparedness We support efforts to develop a new global health regulatory instrument, strengthen international health regulations, and a strong and empowered World Health Organization.
On March 15, 2019, New Zealand experienced a horrific terrorist attack against its Muslim community.
More than 50 people were killed as they prayed. The attack was live-streamed on a popular social media platform in an attempt to scandalize and sow hate.
At that time, the ability to block those targets is limited. And the chance that the Government alone can address this gap is equally challenging.
That is why, together with President Emmanuel Macron, we have created a Call to Action in Christchurch.
The Call community has worked together to tackle terrorism and violent extremist content online. As this important work progressed, we demonstrated the impact we could have by working together.
This week, we launched an initiative with companies and nonprofits to help improve research and understanding of how one’s online experiences are managed by automated processes. This will also be important in understanding more about misinformation and misinformation online. A challenge we as leaders must address.
As leaders, We are genuinely concerned that even the mildest approaches to disinformation could be misinterpreted as hostile to the values of free speech. We appreciate it very much.
But while I can’t tell you today what the answer to this challenge is, I can say with absolute certainty that we can’t ignore it. Doing so is an equal threat to the standards we all hold dear.
After all, how do you successfully end a war if people believe its reason for being is not only legitimate but also noble? How do you deal with climate change if people don’t believe it exists? How do you ensure the human rights of others are upheld, when they are subjected to hateful and dangerous rhetoric and ideology?
The weapons may be different, but the goals of the perpetrators are often the same. To cause chaos and reduce the ability of others to defend themselves. To disband the community. Collapse the collective strength of nations working together.
But we have an opportunity here to ensure that these special weapons of war do not become an essential part of war.
Video of Prime Minister Ardern’s speech;
Ardern claims she wants to help people defend themselves, but she has done little to prevent another massacre like Massacre of Muslims in Christchurch in 2019which New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern cited as justification for the proposed crackdown on free speech and climate skepticism.
Ardern, who was elected Prime Minister in 2017, two years before the massacre, maintained and increase New Zealand’s strict gun laws leave law-abiding victims of the 2019 massacre disarmed and powerless to defend themselves against an armed madman. New Zealand police took 18 minutes from the first emergency call to locate and apprehend the killeras he was driving to his third mosque.