Ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been or will be severely diminished. [from http://eradicatingecocide.com/]
Before I started the store I came to the conclusion that too many organizations were focused on their own territory – what we would call departmentalism in government and large organizations. They didn’t include the larger picture – it is all connected/related and if we do things piece meal then we will not succeed in the time frame needed. The Ecocide Law would address the shortcomings of the present laws.
It complements the Bolivian “Law of the Rights of Mother Earth” which is a planet focused law and is being considered by the United Nations as a concept to be included in their policies.
The idea of creating a law that would provide severe penalties to people, governments and corporations goes to the core – if you harm that which we all depend on to survive, flourish, love and play then you will be tried for your actions.
I like this mechanism. It complements the ‘Precautionary Principle’ (PP) but at the other end. The PP focuses on the front end – perhaps you shouldn’t do something because it may cause some undesirable outcome while the EcoCide Law focuses on the back end – if you do an action and it is proven that it had undesirable outcomes that harmed the environment, an ecosystem, and the health of humans, animals, etc THEN you may end up in the International Criminal Court on trail for Crimes Against Nature/Planet/Life.
We must have some mechanism to give a voice to the ecosystem of the planet. “I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues…”
On September 21st, 2013 as part of the United Nations International Day of Peace the EcoCide movement was mentioned and a banner was displayed – see pic.twitter.com/QWYE3rTxiU and http://www.flickr.com/photos/raisemyvoice/sets/72157635746625533/.
Hopefully the European Union will pass this proposal so that it can start to make its way to becoming an international law. Canadian mining companies operating internationally – beware – the EcoCide Law will find you eventually!