End ecocide in Europe

I heard the other day that the UK Conservative party is considering leaving the European Convention on Human Rights — the BBC quoted Theresa May earlier this month as saying that “it restricted the UK’s ability to act in the national interest.” Seems to me it may be more a case of sensing the wind of change, and wishing to avoid the possibility of being held to account in the future for the irresponsibility of praying to the god of growth.

At risk of invoking Godwin’s Law, it’s entirely possible that Hitler’s cronies didn’t think they were doing anything wrong either. Me, I don’t think there’s any comparison. Ecocide is a far, far greater evil than anything the Nazis did.

Citizens of the European Union can sign the petition to End Ecocide in Europe: A Citizens’ Initiative to give the Earth Rights.

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Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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6 Responses to End ecocide in Europe

  1. jpgreenword says:

    I think that this is an incredibly good idea. And it has been needed for decades. However, I couldn’t help but think that if this got to the UN, the pushback from the US would be simply incredible. Conservative Americans already have an unhealthy fear of the UN. Imagine if we were talking about a law that would put the health of people and ecosystems before profits?!?
    But I still think it’s the right thing to do!

  2. I don’t know whether this worthy initiative on Ecocide has much chance of succeeeding, but I agree with you that unless humanity learns how to stop fouling its nest, we’re all doomed…and the tragedy is we’ll take a huge portion of the Earth’s biodiversity with us….

    • pendantry says:

      I think it has absolutely no chance of succeeding. One million signatures must be collected within a year (from a minimum of seven different countries) in order for it to be considered by the European Commission. There are currently less than 16000 signatories. The petition was launched on 22Jan2013. By my calculations, at that rate, the total number of signatures the petition will generate will be approximately 96,000 – less than a tenth of the required number.

  3. Gorbey says:

    Sadly, 8 months after, the rhythm of voting hasn’t changed. It will be a chance if we reach the 100 000 votes.
    But, 2 things to notice:
    1. This is not a petition, but a vote
    2. How do you want that this initiative succeeds if it’s not related in the medias? It seems completely absurd to me, we’re on a citizen initiative, whcih has been allowed by the Lisbon Treaty, it concerns maybe the most important of the subjects, and nothing in the newspapers, nothing on TV, I just heard about it today, 51 days before the end of the process.
    This is for this kind of reasons I consider that the European Union is not a democracy: we may vote for deputees, vut there is no information about what’s going on in that “metastate”, no informations about the results of the elections in other countries, no information about the institutions: who knew that the treaty of Lisbon allowed citizens’ initiatives? Not me, I learned it today.

    • pendantry says:

      Thanks for dropping by. I hear you, and agree that the EU is not a democracy. I would argue* that all the implementations of ‘democracy’ currently in use are flawed in several ways. The people do not have the power; they are simply led to believe that they do, so that those actually holding the reins can continue to do as they wish.

      * at risk of knee-jerk responses from those who believe that democracy is the best possible form of government and anyone suggesting otherwise are obviously [insert vilified form of government of choice here]

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