The human species is facing an unprecedented disaster in the form of ecological breakdown due to anthropogenic global warming. This is often referred to as the climate emergency or the climate crisis. There is no reasonable doubt about this fact.
A brief word about climate-change deniers: they are all either lying, ignorant, or suffering from a mental disturbance. There are no exceptions. The vast majority are lying. You might well ask why someone would do that. Sometimes the reason for the lie is obvious, as in the case of ExxonMobil, but it isn't always. In some cases, shills masquerade as legitimate journalists while being paid to lie by the petroleum industry. Whether they are motivated by fatuity, depravity, or both, climate-change deniers are implicated in a criminal conspiracy to defraud the public.
Others have told you not to worry, or that we shouldn't do anything to mitigate the cataclysm. These people are spreading falsehoods so insidious that many people consider their actions criminal. If you have believed the lies, that's not your fault, especially since they are routinely published not just in down-market tabloids and far-right propaganda websites, but also by outlets with a lingering veneer of respectability. Now you know better, and you would be right to demand an explanation from the people and publishers who have deceived you.
In light of the incipient calamity, Tinholts is committed to the establishment of ecocide as the fifth crime against peace by way of an amendment to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. This work is the continuation of that begun by Scottish barrister Polly Higgins. Ecocide may be thought of as an analogue to genocide, which is already prohibited in international law. A key difference between ecocide and genocide is one of degree in that genocide is relatively benign: whereas genocide is a crime against one group of people, ecocide is a crime against the entire human species (not to mention all non-human life that we know of in the universe), including all humans not yet born.
Unfortunately, it's already too late to avert the ecological catastrophe in which billions of people will suffer and die, mostly from starvation and other consequences of mass displacement. However, as the crisis continues to develop, a legal framework will be needed whereby humanity can hold to account those responsible for the wanton destruction of the human life-support system. The perpetrators of ecocide will face justice at an international tribunal much like the Nuremberg Trials or the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Defendants may also be tried in the courts of states parties to the Rome Statute, as has already been done in Canada. The defendants in the proceedings will largely fall into two categories: the corporate officers and directors who devised and carried out ecocidal policies; and the government ministers and regulators who were responsible for protecting us, had the power to do so, but chose not to. Due to the phenomenon of regulatory capture, many defendants will fall into both categories. A third category of defendant will likely comprise persons and publishers who functioned as propagandists for climate-change denial.
Persons convicted of crimes against peace have, in the past, been subject to the death penalty. Tinholts is strongly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances and supports life in prison as the appropriate penalty for persons convicted of the crime of ecocide.
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