Earlier this week, Oxfordshire County Council in the UK approved plans to lockdown residents into one of six zones to fight ‘climate change.’
Residents would be confined to their local neighborhood and would not be able to leave unless they requested permission from the government.
As part of the climate lockdown plan, the ’15 minute cities’ would place electronic gates on key roads in and out of the city, so the government would be instantly alerted by anyone trying to leave.
Those who request permission to leave their city would be profiled by the government, which would make a decision on whether to let that person out.
Under the new scheme, residents would be permitted to leave their zone a maximum of 100 days per year, according to reports.
However, every resident must register their car details with the government, enabling them to be tracked via smart cameras around the city.
As Vision News reported:
Oxfordshire County Council, which is run by Labour, the Liberal Democrats, and the Green Party, secretly decided to divide up the city of Oxford into six ’15 minute’ districts in 2021 soon after they were elected to office. None of the councilors declared their intention of imprisoning local residents in their manifestos of course, preferring to make vague claims about how they will ‘improve the environment instead.
Every resident will be required to register their car with the County Council, which will then monitor how many times they leave their district via number plate recognition cameras. And don’t think you can beat the system if you’re a two-car household. Those two cars will be counted as one, meaning you will have to divide up the journeys between yourselves. 2 cars, 50 journeys each; 3 cars, 33 journeys each and so on.
Under the new rules, your social life becomes irrelevant. By de facto, Councils dictate how many times per year you can see friends and family. You will be stopped from fraternizing with anyone outside your district, and if you want a long-distance relationship in the future, forget it; you are confined to dating only those within a 15-minute walk of your house.
A single person’s life will be at the mercy of Communists in the central office, dictating the same draconian rules we had to avert the last crisis, a mild flu virus so deadly 80% of people didn’t even know they had it.
An entirely new social structure is being imposed on Oxford’s residents ( and more cities are to follow) under the lie of saving the planet. but what it really is, is a plan for Command and Control. There will be permits, penalties and even more ubiquitous surveillance. Council officials will determine where you can go and how often, and will log every time you do. 15-minute cities, or 15 minute prisons?
According to an article on The World Economic Forum’s website, ’15 minute’ cities are a powerful tool for action:
Urbanism trends come and go: Broadacre City, Radiant City, EcoCity. Yet the “15-minute city” concept—which implies having all necessary amenities within a short walk, bike ride, or public transit trip from one’s home—has demonstrated stickiness not just as an idea, but as a powerful tool for action – from Paris to Seoul, from Bogotá to Houston.
For longtime urbanists, the 15-minute city seemed to merely repackage the historic urban pattern of development: walkable, mixed-use districts. Old wine, new bottle, as the saying goes. But for a new framing to ignite a global urbanism movement, clearly there’s more going on.
The obvious, yet incomplete, answer is the pandemic. Would Paris’s Mayor Anne Hidalgo have pushed for progressive urban design without this framing? Undoubtedly. But with COVID-19 and its variants keeping everyone home (or closer to home than usual), the 15-minute city went from a “nice-to-have” to a rallying cry. Meeting all of one’s needs within a walking, biking, or transit distance was suddenly a matter of life and death. The pandemic created an urgency around equitable urbanism that sidelined arguments about bike lanes and other “amenities” that have roiled communities for years.
The term was coined in 2016 by Sorbonne professor Carlos Moreno, who was given an Obel Award in 2021 for developing the idea. The graph below comes from a Google Trend search of worldwide usage of the term; the peak in the middle is approximately November 15, 2020.
Such calls for draconian measures to fight climate change are nothing new.
In November 2020, the Red Cross declared climate change is a more significant threat than COVID, saying it should be confronted with “the same urgency.”
Meanwhile, Bill Gates demanded dramatic measures to stop climate change, arguing it would be worse than the pandemic.
Former governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, said that climate deaths would dwarf those of the pandemic.
So what is the solution? More lockdowns.
Politicians and government know that fear helps the public to accept dramatic curtailing of freedoms, especially with vague promises of safety. The COVID lockdowns proved this. So now power-hungry bureaucrats can utilize the precedents for more comprehensive lockdowns in the future.