This is Ecocide
This is Ecocide – massive environmental destruction that is harming people and our planet
Destruction, damage or loss of ecosystems is happening on a mass scale, every day
The destruction you see above is the devastating consequence of excavation for crude oil at the Canadian tar sands (read more below). But this is only one example of ecocide. Each day 150 living species become extinct, 1,000 acres of peat bogs are excavated and 150,000 acres of tropical rainforest are destroyed. Each day, 2 million tons of toxic waste is dumped in to our rivers and seas, 22 million tons of oil are extracted and 100 million tons of greenhouse gases are released. Our land is being destroyed, the water we drink is being poisoned and the air we breathe is polluted. This situation could get worse, as climate change is predicted to increase the spread of disease, conflict and extreme weather events.
The cost of destruction to the planet by the top 3,000 corporations was estimated at $2.2 trillion in 2008
This figure is growing. We are failing to look to the consequences of our actions: it has become the norm to take and destroy our land. CEOs of these companies are not held responsible for damage they are causing.
How do we restore the environment and prevent future damage?
A law of Ecocide would make our Heads of state legally responsible for the Earth. People and planet would become the number one priority.
And in Canada…
Sometimes referred to as “the most damaging project on the planet”, Canada’s Tar Sands are the biggest energy project in the world, producing 1.3 million barrels of oil a day and covering an area larger than the size of England. You can see how this has fundamentally changed the land in the picture on the front page.
Getting oil from the Athabasca Tar Sands is 3 to 5 times as many greenhouse gas emissions as normal oil extraction and uses enough natural gas every day to heat 3 million homes. It’s causing mass deforestation and death of birds and other wildlife.
In September 2011 a mock trial was held at the Supreme Court in the UK to test the law of Ecocide — a jury found two fictional CEOs guilty of Ecocide for the destruction they were causing in the Tar Sands.
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