Biodiversity: at war with nature

The charge

The Climate and Ecological Emergency is a Crime Against Humanity perpetrated by the rich and powerful against the poor and vulnerable.

We charge the world’s most powerful governments with mass manslaughter by gross negligence for allowing the destruction of nature to perilous levels.

The evidence

Our planet and our people have become collateral damage for a system based on endless consumption and carbon-affluent lifestyles enjoyed by the few. 

The result? We are spending beyond our means and the bill is being called in with global heating, biodiversity loss, ecological suffering and human suffering. Our planet is falling apart through the inseparable crises of ecocide and climate change. The world is facing a ghastly future on a ravaged planet.

Biodiversity is collapsing. One million species are at risk of extinction. Ecosystems are disappearing before our eyes, and yet the international community did not fully achieve any of the 20 Aichi biodiversity targets agreed in Japan in 2010 to slow the loss of the natural world. It is the second consecutive decade in which governments have failed to meet targets.

In the meantime, many of the world’s biggest corporations continue to commit ecocide (mass damage and destruction of the natural living world) in pursuit of economic development. Ecocide has led directly to climate breakdown and mass extinction but it continues because it is not a crime to destroy nature for profit. We need to address the root causes of this crisis and hold the decision makers accountable.

Extractivism is devastating people and nature across the Global South. Western industries continue to destroy biodiversity and natural habitats in the Global South with neo-colonial style extractivist projects. Governments have allowed their companies to ravage the planet, especially in the Global South: extractive industries are responsible for half of the world’s carbon emissions and more than 80% of biodiversity loss, according to the most comprehensive environmental tally undertaken of mining and farming. 

Our economies, livelihoods and well-being depend on our most precious asset: nature. This must stop. We have to live within the limits of nature and the planet for our own good. If a company looked after its assets this badly, it would be declared bankrupt and shut down. But this is our beautiful, wonderful home and there is no other place to go.

It’s time to make ecocide an international crime and stop the war on nature.