Activists Want to Criminalize “Ecocide,” Killing Plants and Trees, But Killing Unborn Babies is OK

Bioethics   |   Wesley Smith   |   Dec 8, 2015   |   12:51PM   |   Washington, DC

Radical environmentalism isn’t content with passing laws that regulate our use of the land and resources.

No, they want to grant nature “rights” to permit lawsuits that would impede human enterprise and stifle human thriving.

Some want to go further, and criminalize human endeavor as a “crime against peace,” akin to genocide or ethnic cleansing. This is the “ecocide” movement.

What is ecocide? I am glad you asked. From my piece on the issue a bit ago in the Weekly Standard:

Polly Higgins, who recently addressed the United Nations promoting a Universal Declaration of Planetary Rights, the This Is Ecocide website states:

Ecocide is the extensive destruction, damage to or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished.

Note that “peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants” is a very broad term, intended to include everything from grass, fish, and insects to mice, snakes, and people. And diminishment of “peaceful enjoyment” would not require actual pollution, but could mean a declining supply of forage or a loss of foliage caused by almost any use of the land, perhaps even simple urban growth.

For the “it can never happen here” crowd, please note that Monsanto will soon be subjected to a mock ecocide trial in the Hague because it is developing GMO foods. From the RT story:

A global group of professionals, scientists and environmentalists – the Monsanto Tribunal – are preparing a trial for the GMO seed giant in The Hague. They say the crowdfunded action, determined to charge Monsanto with “ecocide,” is more than a symbolic move.

The Monsanto Tribunal’s goal is to research and evaluate all of the allegations made against Monsanto in connection to all the damages its products have caused to human health and the environment. It is scheduled to be held at The Hague from October 12 to 16 in 2016. The trial will wrap up on next year’s World Food Day.

One of the main goals the broad group of signees [ABOUT US] wants the tribunal to achieve is establishing “ecocide” as a crime. “Recognizing ecocide as a crime is the only way to guarantee the right of humans to a healthy environment and the right of nature to be protected,” The International Monsanto Tribunal says on its website.

I am no fan of Monsanto, and with Ralph Nader, wrote strongly against its attempt to punish milk suppliers that labeled their products as BGH-free in our book No Contest: Corporate Lawyers and the Pervision of Justice in America.

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But the company’s executives are not the equivalent of those who commit genocide or ethnic cleansing. And GMO research and production is not, and should not, be a crime.

GMOs should be regulated. If the company breaks the law, then, by all means go after it. But criminalizing human enterprise in the Luddite ecocide cause will create poverty and increase human suffering to an extent we cannot even imagine.

That is why I believe the Ecocide Movement is part of the War on Humans. Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.