An appropriate label for left-wing environmentalists (as opposed to genuine conservationists) is “watermelon” — green on the outside, red on the inside. This is so because they have always been primarily about adopting socialism and central planning under the guise of “saving the planet.” Some of them have been very clear and forthright about this not-always-so-hidden agenda. For example:
“Socialism . . . is . . . the society that must emerge if humanity is to cope with . . . the ecological burden that economic growth is placing on the environment.”
–Robert Heilbroner, “After Communism,” The New Yorker, Sept. 10, 1990
“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally . . . to change the economic development model [capitalism] that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution.”
—Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2015).
“The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate change thing at all . . . . [W]e think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”
—Saikat Cakrabarti, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ chief of staff and co-author of the “Green New Deal” (2019).10:56 am on October 30, 2019