The process itself wasn’t perfect, but it did demonstrate how restorative justice might work in practice for the corporate crime of Ecocide. It also demonstrated a massive feat, that it really is possible for guardians to speak on behalf of the non human world.
The restorative justice threw up many more conundrums. It highlighted that a debate needs to be taking place about what justice really is and what must be done to uphold justice. It reminded us that our whole way of living in the developed world is dependent on oil and that it is not just corporations who must change their ways. You and I, and Governments are all also responsible for environmental destruction and therefore change needs to happen at all levels.
It highlighted that by no means is a law of Ecocide a panacea to solve the many interconnected environmental and social crises we are facing, and most of all, it highlighted that deeper systematic changes are necessary if justice is to be truly upheld.
Evidently, we don’t have all the answers, I know no-one who does. But I do know one answer to one problem. It just so happens to be a pretty big problem with quite a simple answer. A law of Ecocide can end mass environmental destruction. This was demonstrated in the mock trial last year, and again in the sentencing event on Saturday. But more than this; it could also be a disruptive innovation, a catalyst to prompt the kind of systemic change which is truly needed if justice is to be upheld.
We can only make the crime of Ecocide a reality if we all stand strong and take action together, in solidarity. Please send our concept paper and summary to your government.
With hope and faith,