1. Adam Thyer
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  3. Friday, 22 May 2020
Hi All

I just watched this talk by lawyer Polly Higgins arguing that ecocide should be a crime:



I wonder what you think. Should people who destroy the environment be held legally responsible?
Adam Thyer, Founder at GreenExecutive
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Personally, I don't understand why ecocide hasn't always been a crime.

If killing a person is a crime so serious that it can result in life imprisonment, or even a death penalty,

surely it should also be illegal to destroy the ecosystems that support ALL life on earth?

If we continue:


  • pumping vast quantities of CO2 and toxic gases into the atmosphere
  • killing wild animals at an utterly unsustainable pace
  • destroying forests and other natural habitats
  • poisoning oceans and inland waterways
  • depleting the soils needed for agriculture
  • wasting and poisoning potable water,


in the not too distant future, millions, possibly billions, of people are going to end-up dead or displaced!

And the majority of the world's species are going to become extinct!

And we might even cause our own extinction!

Surely this is infinitely worse than ANY of the things that are currently considered to be crimes?
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I strongly believe that ecocide should be a crime.

I would also like to see laws that address the concept of generational theft.
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I recently read this story about ecocide:

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/environment/2020/03/could-ecocide-become-international-crime-1

Sadly, it says that Polly Higgins who is in the video above died from cancer last year.
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