Resisting Ecocide: Rents and Crimes

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  1. I hope the gospel of ecocide you seem to believe so much does not give people who have been given messianic hopes in the past more false hope. How can we be sure that ecocide will change things in the Niger Delta?

  2. Why do we not give the proposed international law of eradicating ecocide a chance to be debated and implemented before writing it off? That previous international laws have not lived up to expectation in the eyes of most does not mean international laws in future can not work effectively as expected. Any good law should be well supported and I think most reasonable people will agree.

  3. @Ed: what have the Niger Delta people got to lose if the put their faith in international ecocide law as a means to solve their problems? I would like you to present a better alternative to the eradications which we can all support.

  4. No disrespect but you guys are saying exactly what I am saying. We should not tout ecocide eradication as a savior to peoples of the world till it has been implemented and tested. I’m not against ecocide eradication and would support if I can because it could change the world and life in the Niger Delta but lets us wait for that to happen first.

  5. Whatever it takes to solve the Niger Delta crises and the like elsewhere in the world I am in total support of it.

  6. I truly appreciate the relationship between ecocide and corruption that is expounded in this post. I do not think Niger Delta people don’t know that the same people who cause and commit corruption in the country are the same who are responsible for ecocide, it is just that they are helpless. If ecocide eradication law can stop the destruction of land and lives then it may also greatly reduce corruption in Nigeria where the resources curse is prevalent. That is my contribution.

  7. Looking at the the revelations made by wikileaks over the past few days on how the ruling elite actually govern the world and its resources, I seriously doubt if anti-corruption or anti-ecocide laws will stop large-scale exploitation and destruction of the Earth any time in the near future. The ruling elite just don’t care about anything but their wealth and power.

  8. When the wikileaks storm blows over will we not return to business as usual. Wikileaks will only make the powerful more discrete and even more ruthless in future. Scandals blow over and the public is very fickle especially in advanced nations.

  9. I am not an expert on the environment or anti-corruption but from my experience working as a technician in oil services companies I feel the ecocide and corruption should be kept separate. We have seen that sometimes when progress of one thing depends on progress in another, nothing happen in both cases. I feel that stopping ecocide is more important than stopping corruption.

  10. @Parris: On a micro level I fully agree with you but on a macro level the things discussed are inter-ralated and complex as in the case of ecocide, corruption, economy, politics, governance, international law etc. I also agree stopping ecocide should not wiat for anti-corruption to get its act together.

  11. @Bala – thanks for your comment. Let us wait and see if micro and macro would make the necessary difference we all want to see in our craped country.

  12. Over the last 24 hours, there has been a new military offensive on camps and villages in the Niger Delta, in Delta State. More genocide in support of ecocide? Pie in the sky when die? I’m not waiting. Never underestimate those in power especially when the are deaf, mad and greedy.

  13. The Niger Delta is a hotspot for ecocide, eh? I that news? In the definition of ecocide it should include “it is a way of life”. the military and militants have resumed fighting and oil drilling is expanding. Bunkering is going on in broad day light. Those who want ecocide to stop should equip the militants with sophisticated weapons, I did’nt really mean that – just venting my personal frustration with the deepening unending problems of the Niger Delta crisis. The situation is totally hopeless – more profits and rents on the one hand – more suffering and deprivation on the other. It is a big shame.

  14. I see Polly Higgins the author of Eradicating Ecocide is in Cancun, Mexico. I hope she argues the case over that there the only international law in the Niger Delta is draconian corporate law and state-corporate martial law. Our people are dying again, dying for an industry inimical to their existence. Before we unnecessarily burden Higgins in Cancun with requests and hopes for our own good, I wonder how many Nigerian and Niger Delta environmentalist are there fighting along side her for our justice? Any on-line lists anywhere?