Recipro looks at Ecocide

posted 14.04.2010
Hi i'm Paul , this is my first blog for Recipro. Hope you enjoy!

Every day over 100 different species become extinct, 150,000 acres of tropical rain forests are destroyed, every single day there is a staggering 2 million tons of toxic waste disposed of in our rivers. On top of all that there is also 22 million tons of oil extracted from our lands and 100 million tons of green house gas released into our atmosphere.

The cost of the pollution and destruction caused to the natural environment by the world’s biggest companies would cost them more than one third of their profits if they were held financially responsible, that is according to a major unpublished study for the United Nations.

The damage done to the earth by these major organisations was calculated at £1.4 trillion in 2008, which is a figure larger than the entire economies of every country in the world with the exception of 7. In truth though the figure is likely to be much higher than that as it is not taking in to account the damage caused by household and government consumption of goods and services, things such as objects that require power to work or the amount of waste which is thrown away.

So we have a major problem on our hands at the moment, a problem which is unlikely to be solved by squabbling world leaders. So what is the solution? What is going to save the inevitable destruction of the world? According to one ex lawyer turned campaigner Polly Higgins the way to solve this problem is to create a law which brings the people to blame to justice. Ecocide as it will be called has already had a successful launch at the UN in 2008 and the idea has already been adopted by the government of Bolivia.

Ecocide may well become the fifth ‘crime against peace’ law, alongside; genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression (unprovoked war). It will be The International Criminal Court that would rule over the law if ecocide is passed.

Ecocide is the extensive damage or complete destruction of any ecosystem in the world which leads to a diminished way of life for the inhabitants of that area.

If ecocide was to be passed then it would mean large organisations would no longer be able to use up the worlds fossil fuels, destroy entire rain forests and leave the environment an unusable eye sore.

I for one hope that ecocide is accepted and becomes a law as it will serve as a deterrent for all those oil barons and mining millionaires who never spare a second thought for the baron waste land they leave behind for the future generations.

Category: environment, in the news, legislation, Paul Jones