Notre-Dame was just a burning symbol, but Earth is our mother

Dear Monsieur le President de la République,

Take a deep breath, think twice and take our advice. Resist the acuteness of Notre-Dame’s reconstruction. Let truth have the last word regarding the precious post-card jewel of your former colonial, most romantic European capital.


Josef Reich

Throughout the last decades of globalisation Our Lady with the heavenly huge wide bright dome-roof manifested herself as a dominant touristic symbol to the worldwide growing consumer middle class. Pilgrimage to this monumental land-mark in bigger numerous masses than ever was fired by a dizzying overload of subsidised non-costly kerosene for the proliferating low-budget-airlines; accompanied by an environmentally not less unfriendly, ruthlessly flourishing hotel-, airBnB-, restaurant-, food- and shopping-boom. Altogether this culture-phenomenon just constitutes an additional causative component of how mankind is fossil-consuming itself into climate-climax.

So be faithful to yourself and stand up to your moral responsibility. Clarify to your people, that the world-wide grief after this quickly extinguished, little hellfire, that devoured parts of the cathedral, is actually fuelled by our post-modern paganist, irrational addiction to icons, souvenirs, pictures, short-term-sensation and superficial materialistic satisfaction. Explain them how all this exaggerated sorrow and condolement is just a miserable over-compensation of the human masses’ big underlying frustration in light of their inability to pursue happiness, their over-consumption of a gazillion of cheap, unsustainably produced consumer goods, of being poisoned by too much junk- and fast-food, which disrupts our health as well as our planet’s soils, water and climate.

Freak out Emmanuel! Get crazy, ecstatic, mystical, virtually religious about the unmissable and striking obviousness, signified by the century-numbers of the dome’s construction in the 12th and its destruction in the 21st; the rising “one two”, one millennium and two centuries after Christ, reversing into the declining “two one” of two millenniums and one century after the crucifixion. Exemplify and glorify the sudden outbreak of the flames as a literal Godly sign hinted to the Grande Nation, her sympathisers and co-mourners, that we, as a civilisation are definitely on our way downwards, thus in pursuing the numbers’ simple logic, implicate, that we have to take this Godly warning as serious as hell, like a an old testament’s prophecy. Follow through with the conclusion and proposition to leave the burned down ruin as memorial, only to be reconstructed in 21 years; yes, exactly three biblical seven-years timespans from now, in 2040. Meanwhile, as you should round up your reasoning, it is on France to finally regain European leadership as once in imperial Napoleonic ages, only now as initiator of a radical global eco-turnaround, replacing today’s pre-apocalyptic reality by the old human dream of Utopia.

Appeal to your Grand Peuple’s honour, flatter and compliment them, invoke a call of duty to them as one of the more powerful and sensible planet’s inhabitants, faced with an unprecedented planetary crisis and the subsequent danger to Western democracy. Emphasise the challenge to succeed in progressing from the present threatening climate-change-abyss to a future climate-change-victory, which, if based on the appropriate political will, can be done easily until 2040. And all those, oh so generous billionaire donors, who are so awfully fond of the resurrection of the temple’s unearthly beauty, ask them, if France may kindly use their embarrassingly high donations for instance — to brush up schools in the socioeconomic weaker regions? Select a quantity of about thousand high-schools of national excellence, help them connect with their counterparts in the formerly colonialised francophone Afrique. Encourage students and teachers’ unions to convince enterprises, organisations, local authorities and sponsors in the neighbourhoods and communities surrounding each school, to empower their African partner-schools’ regions, to help them to move on with organic agriculture, solar, wind and biomass; electric ovens and access to tap-water, to develop their entrepreneurial infrastructure and craft industries. Let hedonistic, superficial mass-tourism be substituted by unprecedented masses of educated, determined, focussed and motivated exchange students, doing welfare and charity jobs, craftsmen and -women travelling abroad to the less developed countries to teach and export knowledge. Give asylum and schooling above all to impoverished young ladies from the south, those who are in danger to slip into premature wedding and pregnancy, and let them return a couple of years later to their home-countries as empowered female decision-makers, and yes, enforce micro-credit-banking especially for female entrepreneurs. Take reality-TV to another level, find sponsors who, for example, fly gang-members out of their ghettos in South-, Middle- and North-America into the big luxury hotels of the Southern Sea resorts, or equally traumatised juvenile child-soldiers from African trouble spots, in such a way that a compassionate world-wide big-brother audience participates and supports the constantly surveilled therapy-groups and the efforts of their psychotherapists.

“Provide reasonable and stable interest rates for small investors and savers by directing cash flow reserves into heavily subsidised bio- and urban-farming, sustainable housing, battery storage development, electrification and digitalisation of traffic.”

All these neither difficult nor costly steps will stem poverty and heal misery, and for the purpose of boosting such fresh, creative “think global and act local”-concepts, feel free to embolden those, who seek bondage with partner-schools and neighbourhoods in remote disadvantaged corners of the global village, the proponents and promoters of this innovatively practiced global sister- and brotherhood, to use the power of BDS. Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions should force major companies, banks, insurances, pension-funds and likewise institutions to transfer the energy of money into valuable human work and not into accumulating senselessly and greedily an abstract cash fortune, driven by outsmarting algorithmic hedging and the stock market´s casino mentality. Provide reasonable and stable interest rates for small investors and savers by directing cash flow reserves into heavily subsidised bio- and urban-farming, sustainable housing, battery storage development, electrification and digitalisation of traffic. Prohibit, ban and outlaw those industries who exploit people in poor countries to satisfy unnecessary consumer needs of people in less poor countries. Declare a peaceful World-War-Three of BDS, call for a massive armament of renewables, close those meat-factories, who are inhuman slaughterhouses, environmentally disastrous, whilst enhancing greenhouse effect in many aspects. Illegalise small arms industry, only the demands of military and police in democratic states should be complied. No more subsidies for conventional large-scale agro-industry, based on climate-warming nitrogen fertilisers. Make boredom, idleness and yes — unemployment a plague of the past; for example by spurring health insurances to make inter-human therapeutic relations a mass-phenomenon, to run courses rampant, which are training amateur-physiologists, -psychologists, -therapists, -healers and -masseurs. Mobilize the underclass, the unemployed and low-wage-earners. Besides the aforementioned steps to nurture the healing powers in so much more people to take better care of each other, motivate them financially to become urban farmers; growers of vegetables, seeds and herbs in the glasshouses of their hydroponic roof-top-farms and additionally as cultivators of fish in the aquaponic ones. Blow life into the New Green Deal model by re-enacting the well-known, chronically neglected remedies of upscaling public infrastructure like investing into smart grid, internet connections, e-busses and railways, renovating poor city quarters, establishing community centres around schools, calling for elders, bored adults, students and kids to register for public service, powered by appropriate rewards to the specific qualifications. Abracadabra cities into parks, leave almost no roof-tops uncovered and unused and cover the city building’s naked walls with edible ivy and greenery; bring in the bees and protein-rich insects.

Go for nationally, but foremost internationally state-sponsored urban- and indoor-farming. Humanise fashion-industries, put statutory requirements into effect, obliging the big trademarks to refrain from importing clothes from sweat-shop-enterprises in North-Africa, the Indian sub-continent or Far-East-Asia, where mostly young female labourers are robbed of their youth. They should not simply left broken and abandoned those sub-enterprises, who now all of a sudden had to terminate their function as providers of cheap textiles, who much too often felt inclined to exploit their workers, violate human rights and the environment for the sake of mere profiteering. Rather incentivise Zara, H&M and the likes instead to fulfil their responsibility, to take their partner companies under their wings and equip them with the technical and financial needs to renovate, and — if necessary — rebuild their factories, for the purpose of transforming them into roof-top- and indoor urban farming enterprises, thus providing their previous sweat-shop seamstresses and pieceworkers with a whole new, much more worthful and essential education. In the same breath make your administration and bureaucracy as helpful as possible. They shall bestow upon the giant retail chains, their employees, decision-makers and brand-designers the capacity to convert shopping paradises into real paradises. Help them populate sales floors and malls with exclusive small-market endeavours, tailors, arts- and fashion-designer-talents, furniture makers, ecologically minded cosmeticians and cosmetic manufacturers, second-hand-outlets, hair-dressers, many upgraded into scalp-massage-, respectively scalp-treatment-health-specialists, guarantee the highest payments to medical stuff, teachers and nursery-care-takers, merge old age home and kindergartens, let police-women and men be researchers and psychologist unanimously, endow all these public servants with satisfactory salaries, to keep the new downsized small-scale eco-economy alive and kicking, following the guideline of much less, but much more exclusive consumption. Make highest quality bio-food, mostly non-dairy and meatless, affordable to everyone, putting health and nature-conserving on top of every other priority. Illegalise the rainforest-annihilating production of livestock, palm oil and other disgusting, environmentally harmful monocultures; restrict sugar and sweets industry as much as possible, likewise superfluous exploitation of minerals, precious metals and rare earths compounds.

Persuade EU-members to become part of a coalition of the willing, joining this holiest crusade ever, this indispensable reinvention by mankind of itself. Declare fossil rulers of Russia, Saudi-Arabia and the likes as enemies of the planet, apply the harshest and most uncompromising BDS on them, until their corrupt gangster-rulers have to resign and will discontinue to thwart their nations progress. Break their dependency on ridiculously tasteless nouveau-riche oligarchs, do everything in your power to freeze their accounts in the big Western banks, undermine the vicious circle of the cash-for-anti-nature-resources-exploitation.

Vive la France! Once humiliated, conquered, subdued and occupied by the German Wehrmacht, degraded into a Nazi-province in the North and the collaborating, disgraceful Vichy-part in the South, let your nation advance today, in the here and now, into the forerunner of history in the making. Reawaken what is left of the political energies of your out-going BFF Angela in her last years of political reign, create the joint French-German eco-revolution as backbone of the European one. Target with a powerful BDS-campaign the insidious and infamous Kremlin-Chief and his poor corrupted country. Merkel will join you. Let the continent of the liberals and free stop the import of Russia’s gas, break Gazprom’s economical and Putin’s political neck. Europe will make him and his minions vanish from the political arena. BDS and liberate Russia from her century-old malaise of despotic backwardness and pave her way into the solar age. Same procedure with Saudi-Arabia and the other oil-states from the Arab peninsula. No more oil, their vast fortune has to be invested in renewables as much as in the well-being of their Muslim-refugee sisters and brothers. Saudi-Arabia has to follow Allah´s will and immediately stop the war-famine which it brought upon Yemen, otherwise be hit by harshest BDS-measures.

“Putting a much quicker end to the fossil evil must become the supreme premise of any political action.”

A war is a war, also a peaceful BDS one. Europe will suffer from deprivations, power blackouts and contemporary hardship, whilst moving on with the speed of lightning to metamorphose its economy into a 100% fossil-free one, after having abruptly interrupted her addiction to her fossil providers. So meanwhile get inspired by the simple words and truthful appearance of 16 years old Greta Thunberg from Stockholm, the European climate-activist heroine of these days. Please yourself with Churchillian calls for perseverance and morale-boosting speeches to keep your constituency and your people in line. Get tough with the mad man in the White House. Make it crystal-clear that climate-change-denial by a political leader of his relevance is actually a crime. Push high-tech behemoth Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon into becoming Widepedia-like non-profitables. Compel them to boost science, communication as well as truly human and sustainable commerce, whereas too much focus on accumulating profits is misleading and cripples truth. Explain the Facebook-founder-kid, that this is the way to justify the dominating global domination of his mega-platform, that started out as a mere college dating website. Tell Bezos and Musk to skip their childish longing for space-tourism and to switch pronto to humanitarian aspirations so long as hunger is still a problem on their home-planet. Encourage pilots to disrupt air travel by intermittent strikes, until airlines dedicate to make everything in their power to ASAP accelerate the development of non-fossil kerosene for their thunderbirds and solar driven planes.

Putting a much quicker end to the fossil evil must become the supreme premise of any political action. Make your legislation demand a radically and uncompromisingly circular economy according to the absolute recycling approach of the so-called “cradle to cradle”-concept. Lecture your nations’ nationalists about the necessity of Global Governance, One World and “our planet-our only spaceship”. Re Greta Thunberg, who almost broke out in tears at a press-conference, when wondering why we don’t care for our ailing planet as much as for a burning sumptuous church; tell them she is the new Jean d’Arc, that her struggle bears an unmatched higher historical significance than the one of the Virgin of Orleans in the 15th century against English occupiers. Tell them, while the French revolution was an epoch-making emancipatory milestone, though with too much head-chopping of innocent aristocrats, this forthcoming global upheaval initiated by France and Europe, which restarts history and avoids the arrival of the apocalyptic horsemen as predicted in the New Testament, will be so much more of a historical breakthrough. We rely on you, Emmanuel! We count on your juvenile, super good-looking Peter-Pan charisma, it exceeds that of good old, outdated Barack Obama by far. His Obama care, his humanism and his intention to do good, is off blessed memory, but cursed and failed he became, when he stayed passive and let Assad and Putin make the Syrian catastrophe happen. For this unforgivable sin of denial of assistance he was punished with the worst presidential successor ever. Yes, Obama could, but he didn’t, whereas, Emmanuel, you still can. The ashes and ruin of Notre-Dame is just a burned down symbol, but Earth is our mother, isn’t she?

Text: Josef Reich, Founder of Fairplanet.

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