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March 3, 2021

Ecocide rules

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Years ago environmental lawyer Polly Higglins came to Mullumbimby from the UK and shared legal advice on environmental protection. Her research into genocide led her to address environmental degradation using the term ecocide to address the rights of nature.

The NSW government has now implemented new laws allowing for devastating deforestation and broad-scale land clearing of important wildlife habitat that will ensure the extinction of at least 1,000 species of plants and animals, including the much-beloved koala.

Private land and eight million hectares of forest and bushland can now can be bulldozed. Global mapping of NSW shows only between seven and nine per cent of original habitats of species and plants exist.

The NSW government has defied legal protocol and implemented draconian laws that will ensure ecocide.

Pledge your opposition by writing to your politicians or signing petitions at the Byron Environment Centre.

These laws are being legally challenged.

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  1. I’ve done all of the above, Jo. Ecocide is trying to rule in Indonesia too where the last 800 [in the world] Tapanuli Orangutans will be extinct if a hydro dam – due for excavation – goes ahead. See & get in touch with …….
    [email protected] to help keep these animals alive.


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