20 Jan

Migration Effects

Ecological degradation is already preventing many living things (including a lot of humans) from achieving their full potential for self-realization (or their three-score and ten if you prefer).
It doesn’t have to go much further for a decline in human population to become evident (as it already is for many other species). If death rate exceeds birth rate by 1% then a population halves in about 70 years (or three human generations).
How you intervene in that process is an interesting question – one answer is not to bother, just let it happen. Another answer is to try and find some parameter to control in order to achieve a more desirable outcome than the default – which begs the question of desirable for whom?
Perhaps from an ecological point of view maximising human population decline in over-consuming territories might be desirable – in which case you could make a strong ecological case for preventing all immigration into developed countries and encouraging developed world emigration to the third world on the grounds that a third world immigrant to the UK will increase her resource consumption to unsustainable levels, whereas a UK emigrant to (say) Mali will almost certainly reduce her net consumption.
Or perhaps not?

08 Jan

Limits to Rights

One of the principles of ecology can be stated as “all living beings have equal rights to self-realization” which stems from an ultimate norm “Complete Self-realization”.

This gives rise to the concept of rights of nature – a necessary counter to the capitalist legal framework in which nature is treated as property, whereas a company or corporation has legal rights analogous to an individual.

Ideas like Polly Higgins’s Eradicating Ecocide (www.eradicatingecocide.com) calling for recognition of Ecocide as a crime on the same level as War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, and also the wider Rights of Nature campaign (www.rightsofnature.uk) are excellent initiatives deserving of full support.

Of course there is a trap Read More