Jeff Canin Comment: More brilliance from George Monbiot below explaining how our current governments are avoiding taking action on climate change and simply telling future generations they have to adapt to the damage we are inflicting. Coincidentally I heard a presentation from Polly Higgins, lawyer & barrister from London recently about a concept called ecocide.
Polly asks “How do we create a legal duty of care for the earth? If I were to represent the earth in court the existing environmental laws are not fit for the purpose. Something is wrong when we give permits to pollute – we need to ask who is being protected here – people and planet or polluters.” She calls the existing laws “catch me if you can” laws. She also talked a lot about the abolition of slavery and how back then there was a moral awakening across the world and that eventually turned into “well if its morally wrong then it should be outlawed” ….and that this is what is now happening across the planet. It was a really inspiring evening.
I have a faint hope that one day all the negligent enviro vandals running our countries will have to face justice for the ecocide they are so casually willing to inflict on future generations.
Polly has had a huge amount of coverage – and is very compelling.
Here is George’s take on this: