Ecocide is a Crime: Why I am an artist against ecocide

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Some of my posts since 2008 below, refer to ecocide (the destruction of ecosystems, the living, natural world by man), or reference corresponding developments for Rights of Nature.

StopEcocideFlyer_back_webpicI identify as an ‘artist against ecocide’. I have framed my eco-social art practice The Hollywood Forest Story, that explores new-to-Ireland Close-to-Nature continuous cover forestry within in the small forest Irish South East forest I live in, as an important means to move away from the ecocide of industrial monoculture forestry.

In 2013, I successfully presented and argued a motion that the Green Party of Ireland and Northern Ireland support developing legal measures to recgnise ecocide as a crime. My work is summarized in my illustrated ebook, which can be downloaded here

My key posts on ecocide, that became more polished essays are: Eradicating ecocide to make sustainability legal (2013), An Absence of Thinking; Hannah Arendt and the Totalitarianism of Ecocide (2013), The Anthropocene: 10 000 Years of Ecocide (2012), these can be read here

My doctoral thesis The Ecological Turn: Living Well with Forests.. (Fitzgerald, 2018) explains how embedded, lonterm eco-social art practices (ecological art practice) regularly promote ecoliteracy and agency for arts practitioners and their audiences to learn about harms to environments and motivate them to change. Of course, the closer one is to witnessing ecocide, the more propelled one feels to standing up and saying ‘no more’ – well, that is what I found!

Pages from my ebook The Hollywood Forest Story

Pages from my ebook The Hollywood Forest Story

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Listen to my 2013 talk to propose ‘Ecocide is a Crime’ at the Green Party of Ireland and Northern Ireland, 13 April below:


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The late Polly Higgins established a trust fund for ‘Earth protectors’. Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian

I am indebted to the visionary work for life and peace of Earth-lawyer, the late Polly Higgins, for inspiring my efforts to raise awareness about framing ecocide as a crime, against peace and all our futures.

Please take a few minutes add your name to the global petition she established to support legal teams around the world who are working to have ecocide internationally recognised as the missing international crime against peace here

We must all take a stand against ecocide!

Please note: Polly Higgins work just before her death was for all Earth Protectors, giving activists legal protection as conscientious objectors for the Earth, and is incorporated to safeguard Extinction Rebellion and other Earth activists facing arrest. See her website here

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