Al Jazeera English
Streamed live on Sep 18, 2019
As the Amazon rainforest burns, glaciers in the Arctic melt and governments fail to take steps to curb climate change, more people are demanding that ecocide be declared a criminal act.
Individuals and corporations should be held criminally accountable for the damage wrought by deforestation, fracking and pollution, argue scientists and climate change experts.
Critics however point out that it’s difficult to determine who exactly is responsible for environmental disasters, and if harm was intended by the guilty party.
That said, more than 1,300 test cases in 28 countries are already working their way through the courts. And in the coming months, the International Criminal Court could ratify a law that renders large-scale destruction of the natural living world illegal.
In this episode we ask, should damaging the environment be considered a crime against humanity?
Oct 11, 2018
https://democracynow.org – On October 11, 2016, activists in North Dakota, Washington, Montana and Minnesota turned the manual safety valves on four pipelines, temporarily halting the flow of nearly 70 percent of the crude oil imported to the United States from Canada. They came to be known as the “valve turners.” What followed was a lengthy legal battle that ended with some of the activists in jail. But on Tuesday, three valve turners who broke into an oil pipeline facility in Minnesota on that day in 2016 were acquitted. In this web exclusive, we feature an extended conversation with two of the valve turners, Annette Klapstein and Emily Johnston, their attorney, Kelsey Skaggs, and former NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen.
Trees For The Future
Oct 10, 2017
Visit trees.org to donate and learn more about the Forest Garden solution. Camera and editing: Andrew Oberstadt — Trees for the Future is a nonprofit organization on a mission to improve the livelihoods of impoverished farmers by revitalizing degraded lands.
Nov 9, 2015
Tom Goldtooth keynote address at the Indigenous Climate Justice Symposium, November 5, 2015, “The Paris Climate Accord: Will it be a Crime Against Humanity and Mother Earth?”
Speaks about the upcoming COP21 talks in Paris in December.
Opposes REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) or Cap and Trade as false solutions.
The 1st annual Indigenous Climate Justice Symposium at The Evergreen State College Longhouse on November 5-6, 2015 brings together Native speakers who are working to keep fossil fuels in the ground, by stopping coal terminals, oil trains and fracking, and protecting treaty resources from the threat of climate change.
Tom Goldtooth is Exec. Director of Indigenous Environmental Network (ienEarth.org). The IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous Peoples in 1990 to address environmental and economic justice issues. IEN is in Bemidji, Minnesota
Tom B.K. Goldtooth was born in 1956. He is of Diné (Navajo Nation) and Bdewakantonwan Dakota Oyate descent. He lives in Bemidji, Minnesota, near the headwaters of the Mississippi River.
Jun 22, 2008
Dr. James Hansen, a veteran NASA climate expert, has been both lauded and criticized for moving beyond studying global warming to pressing lawmakers and the public to end unfettered coal burning and build a nonpolluting energy system. I interviewed him 6.21.08 for a New York Times story and post and video on my Dot Earth blog. More at nytimes.com/dotearth and nytimes.com/climate. Dr. Hansen’s personal Web site is: columbia.edu/~jeh1.
By James Hansen: As I peer through Beijing’s impenetrable smog I feel nauseous. I have long been troubled by the injustice of human – made climate change to our children and grandchildren, which may soon constitute a tragedy of epic proportions. Now I stare in the face of another tragedy. Air pollution from coal kills over 1,000,000 people per year in China. Life expectancy in North China is reduced at least five years, and t h os e living suffer many health effects.
One scientist told me that he was using his savings to send his child out of the country, to grow for a while in clean air. What makes me sick is the realization that climate change and air pollution were both preventable. Thus they are true human – made tragedies. And I know that we in the West bear a moral burden. We scientists have special responsibility. We had knowledge 25 years ago that should have allowed climate change and air pollution to be manageable problems, not tragedies. However, we failed to communicate the implications well enough with political leaders and we did not achieve effective action. We must try harder now , because it is still possible to minimize the climate change effects and it is possible to solve the air pollution problem.
Hundreds of millions of refugees will be driven from coastal regions and island nations. A large fraction of the world’ s species will be exterminated by shifting climate zones that amplify other human – made stresses. Summer heat waves, droughts and fires will be more extreme. Rain, when and where it occurs, will be heavier and floods will be more devastating. Storms will be stronger.