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October 4, 2022

Ecocide in Mullum

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Saddened by the huge trauma that homeless flood victims are undergoing, those feelings were further compounded by reading Hans Lovejoy’s Editorial regarding the crushing of frogs and their spawn during the earthworks and development of the Mullumbimby Pods in Prince Street.

Environmental activists have been aware for decades of the international laws addressing ecocide. Indeed, many of these debates also reside in the literature defining the rise of the Anthropocene, and the negative consequences of interrelated development decisions upon ecological communities of species.

This is now commonplace in development decisions. It is scientifically understood how complex ecological communities of species define a healthy ecology in the holistic environmental sense. Indeed, the Anthropogenic view of the world still enforces a primary/dominant species world view, and the rights of nature are redundant. Thus, a cycle of bad, ignorant and ill-considered belief systems dominates local and State government decisions.

It must be understood that the removal of one species can contribute to total ecological collapse of a system! This debate became prevalent during the epidemic of covid, as habitat once the rightful home of non-human species, became lost to Anthropogenic demands!

In Byron the development of the bypass has resulted in more flooding of the town, and the fate of the endangered, removed Mitchell’s Rainforest Snail still resonates in environmental circles.

Byron Council was democratically elected. It now appears to be autocratically led by the corrupt NSW State government. When addressing development decisions Council is bound to uphold democratic inclusion/transparency and accountability to its community.

It would also be wise to acquaint itself with the literature on ecocide or carry the legacy of an anthrogenically-centred Council that aided species and ecological extinction. We cannot be forever ignorant.

Jo Faith, Newtown

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