Friday, 22 May 2020
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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

2 years ago
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?
2 years ago
I strongly believe that ecocide should be a crime.

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

Sadly, it says that Polly Higgins who is in the video above died from cancer last year.
2 years ago
I read this story today about how France is likely to incorporate ecocide into its law. French president Emmanuel Macron has also said that he will push to have ecocide included in international law. This is extremely encouraging. I hope that it comes to fruition.

Adam Thyer, Founder at GreenExecutive

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