"Scientists recently confirmed the Amazon rainforest is now emitting more
carbon dioxide than it absorbs, due to uncontrolled burning and deforestation.
It brings the crucial ecosystem closer to a tipping point that would see it
replaced by savanna and trigger accelerated global heating.
This is not an isolated example of nature being damaged at a mass scale. The
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this month confirmed global heating
is now affecting every continent, region and ocean on Earth. That includes
Australia, which is a global deforestation hotspot and where the Great Barrier
Reef is headed for virtual extinction.
In the face of such horrors, a new international campaign is calling for
“ecocide” – the killing of ecology – to be deemed an international “super
crime” in the order of genocide. The campaign has attracted high-profile
supporters including French President Emmanuel Macron, Pope Francis and Swedish
activist Greta Thunberg.
Making ecocide an international crime is an appropriate response to the gravity
of this harm and could help prevent mass environmental destruction. But whether
it does so will depend on how the crime is defined."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics