What is ecocide?

By Sophie Yeo 5th November 2020, BBC, What is Ecocide? From the Pope to Greta Thunberg, there are growing calls for the crime of “ecocide” to be recognised in international criminal law – but could such a law ever work?I In December 2019, at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Vanuatu’s ambassador to the European Union made a radical …

Pope to International Association of Penal Law: Destroying the Earth — the massive contamination of air, land and water resources, large-scale destruction of flora and fauna, and any action capable of producing an ecological disaster or destroying an ecosystem — should be a crime

Addressing the International Association of Penal Law in the Vatican on 15th November 2019, Pope Francis proposed that “sins against ecology” be added to the teachings of the Catholic Church and went a step further, saying “ecocide” should be a fifth category of crimes against peace at the international level. The Pope described acts that “can be considered as ‘ecocide’: …

No shortcuts – redirect power from the 1% and large firms to universal programs and well-being for all, with much determined, selfless work educating, building knowledge, and bringing about change for communities, the country and the world

Reiterated by Matthew Fox, June 28, 2020 In the US the richest 1 percent of the country own substantially more wealth than the bottom 90%;  6 in 10 Americans do not have the resources to come up with $1000 for an emergency such as a medical bill or car repair.  World over, 26 billionaires hold personal financial assets greater than …

Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth

Drafted in 2010 and passed in Ecuador but not in the UN yet. We, the peoples and nations of Earth: Considering that we are all part of Mother Earth, an indivisible, living community of interrelated and interdependent beings with a common destiny; Gratefully acknowledging that Mother Earth is the source of life, nourishment and learning and provides everything we need …

Trees cool air, slow runoff, and boost students and public health. Should trees be seen as a public utility which all must be able to access?

Benefits of trees include slowing stormwater runoff, cooling air temperatures, and even boosting student achievement and public health. Trees capture more than a third of rainfall, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), easing the strain on flooding and stormwater infrastructure. Their shade helps lower energy use by nearly half, according to the EPA, while reducing carbon emissions by …

21st Century Bill of Rights

From Brand New Congress: The founders of the United States of America and those that followed established a Bill of Rights to constitute the values reflected by this great nation and those who reside within. Now more than 225 years into our nation’s founding, we recognize the current Bill of Rights falls short of securing the full scope of unalienable …

History’s Largest Mining Operation Is About to Begin. It’s underwater—and the consequences are unimaginable.

Story by Wil S. Hylton, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020 ISSUE, The Atlantic, SCIENCE Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. Unless you are given to chronic anxiety or suffer from nihilistic despair, you probably haven’t spent much time contemplating the bottom of the ocean. Many people imagine the seabed to be a vast expanse of sand, but it’s a jagged …

Is the Amazon vulnerable to a ‘dieback’?

Indigenous people say the rainfall has changed. And “the models, and they’re pretty consistent. They suggest that the combination of fire and climate change and deforestation will weaken the hydrological cycle of the Amazon to the point where you just get insufficient rainfall in the south and the east, and then part of the central Amazon, to actually support a …