The New Rules

Our world is changing, Karen.

Emma Briggs
Jun 12, 2020 · 5 min read

1. Police can’t kill black people.

It seems as though it should have been a strictly enforceable rule for a very long time, but apparently not. This is one of those which many seem to finally realise that, as well as being written in law for hundreds of years, now must be actually followed. As U.S. states disband police departments and create new regulations, we can hope this rule will become more than a suggested guideline.

2. Men can’t rape women and children.

Again, you would think this would be one of the central tenets of civilisation, but it is only in the past few years that we have discovered that this rule might also apply to men who are rich, powerful, famous or priests. Only recently we have acknowledged how extremely rare it is for victims to make false accusations.

3. Humans can’t burn fossil fuels.

Many may find this one harder to take, but it is 100% necessary if we want our species, as well as all the others, to survive on this planet in the coming decades. We do want that, don’t we? In the next thirty to sixty years, we do not want a world which is continually ravaged by natural disasters, where much of the land is uninhabitable and unable to be farmed, where large sections of the population are displaced and searching for somewhere to live and where drinking water is a scarce commodity.

4. Humans can’t eat meat every day.

Sorry, but it’s true. Not only does meat production contribute to 14.5% of human-made greenhouse gases, but its effect on land use, water use, water pollution and biodiversity loss mean that it is simply not possible for humans to continue at our current rate of consuming animal products.

5. One person can’t become excessively rich or poor.

Even billionaires agree that the present levels of wealth inequality are ridiculous. In 2018, an Oxfam report revealed that 26 billionaires owned more than 50% of the world’s population. This money is not trickling down and the wealth of the 3.7 billion poorest people is not increasing.

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Emma Briggs

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Australian writer, environmental activist, hang-gliding assistant & former sailor, journalist & clown. Debut poetry collection available now. www.emmabriggs.net

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Australian writer, environmental activist, hang-gliding assistant & former sailor, journalist & clown. Debut poetry collection available now. www.emmabriggs.net

Age of Awareness

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