By Marica Micallef
Twenty years later, the Club of Rome identified “global challenges” such as international crime, terrorism, and climate change as key drivers of global societal change. On page 115 of the 1993 publication of a report by the Council of the Club of Rome called “The First Global Revolution”, now archived, they wrote:
“The First Global Revolution in searching for the new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine, and the like would fit the bill. In their totality and in their interactions these phenomena do constitute a common threat which demands the solidarity of all peoples. But in designating them as the enemy, we fall into the trap about which we have already warned, by human intervention and it is only through changing attitudes and behaviours that they can be overcome. The real enemy, then, is humanity itself.”
In August 2009, Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, stated at the Incheon Conference “Building an Alliance of Local Governments for Disaster Risk Reduction:”
“I urge world leaders to address climate change and reduce the growing risk of disasters, and world leaders must include mayors, townships, and community leaders.”
This may help to explain why mayors and local councils were imposed on many electorates, including Malta.
What is the “100 Resilient Cities Project” [now archived too]? It was pioneered and financially supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and is described as “dedicated to helping cities around the world to become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century”. It also claims that:
“Crisis is the new normal for cities in the 21st century. Because of the collision of globalisation, urbanisation, and climate change, not a week goes by that there’s not a disruption to a city somewhere in the world: a cyber attack, a natural disaster, or economic or social upheaval.”
This project included partners from the private, public, academic, and non-profit sectors who are:
Amex Foster Wheeler who ‘assist cities protect their assets in preparation from climate change’;
Arup whose director Robert Care was until recently chair of the Common Purpose Charitable Trust;
Cities Alliance which works to “promote social inclusion in urban planning and development“;
Csiro which “gives cities access to building simulation tools to assess the energy efficiency of building design options for low-carbon development at the city scale“;
Deutsche Bank to “assist and implement solutions that provide Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to property owners“;
Earth Economics to help cities “develop their natural capital strategic initiatives“;
R20 Regions of Climate Action financial modelling associated with streetlight upgrades and waste and recycling management systems;
The Nature Conservancy, Veolia and Microsoft CityNext “developing a cyber-resilience roadmap” for cities. [facial surveillance cameras concept]. The Microsoft CityNext provides digital services for governments, whose founder, who happened to also be Bill Gates, who also happened to be the one whose other foundation has funded the Covid-19 vaccines, and who has also become the pioneer of climate change.
Two areas of public concern immediately come to mind. First, there is the belief that the government is spying on us via our computers, phones, cars, buses, streetlights, at airports and on the street, mobile scanners and drones, Smart Meters, and Smart TVs. Second, Microsoft, the computer software behemoth that disclosed a potentially catastrophic vulnerability in nearly all versions of Windows in 2014, should be trusted [or was already trusted] with developing citywide cyber-resilience.
According to UK Column researchers, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is another program partner of the 100 Resilient Cities project. IRC works with member cities to “humanely accommodate or otherwise integrate influxes of displaced populations into the cities’ social, economic, and cultural fabric in a manner that enhances the cities’ social, economic, and cultural fabric.“
With so many interconnecting and inter-related webs, with friends of friends funding each other and scratching each others’ back, are things becoming slightly clearer?