Outrage + Optimism is a weekly podcast about facing
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Everyone now knows that the climate crisis is real. In fact, we are experiencing the impacts around the globe already, some countries far more than others. Whilst tackling this challenge is certainly not easy, it is our responsibility to do so. The truth is, science shows that the window to avert the worst catastrophic impacts of climate change is very small – we need to halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, a mere nine years from now.
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97. Jojo Mehta on Ecocide and Ending Impunity
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With France banning short haul flights, John Kerry on his way to China and South Korea to talk climate just days ahead of The US Climate Summit, and The American Legislative Exchange Council (not so) secretly planning to fight Biden on climate, this episode is jam packed with things to discuss!
And speaking of things to discuss, have you heard of the word “Ecocide”? It’s a term describing something we all understand and know is wrong – the mass damage and destruction of ecosystems. But, yet it is still somehow legally permitted around the world.
This week, we explore the tireless work of Jojo Mehta and the Stop Ecocide Foundation who are pursuing their goal to have Ecocide added to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a fifth crime alongside Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Crimes of Aggression.
How would this fifth crime change corporate behavior? We can only assume it would act as a deterrent to environmental destruction, but could it also act as an accelerator of the goals of the Paris Agreement?
Stick around after the interview for a mesmerizing tune from Eliza Shaddad!
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