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‘Ecocide’: The Climate Church Wants to Imprison Nonbelievers

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- June 28, 2021

“At the close of World War II, when Soviet and Allied forces liberated the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Dachau…. a new word—genocide—was needed to describe it…. Another crime of similar magnitude is now at large in the world…. That crime is called ecocide.” (Inside Climate News)

“… climate authoritarianism is a dangerous fringe movement that must be exposed for its means and ends. Climate policy, not physical climate change, is the real risk and threat for better human living now and into the deep future.” (Author: below)

The Climate Church of deep ecology has its hell-on-earth for nonbelievers–prison, and by insinuation, death sentencing. The crime is ecocide.

Enter Inside Climate News, a far-left climate website that features “the campaign to make ‘ecocide’ an international crime.” With nary a nod to private property rights to address some if not many commons problems (real, not manufactured), we the living are the culprit.

“On every continent,” the website explains, “humans have left their mark in the form of massive environmental destruction.

deforestation in Brazil; strip mining in Canada’s Tar Sands; the devastation of West Africa’s fisheries; the obliterations of landscapes and ecosystems by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pollution warms the planet, melting polar ice, bringing drought and wildfire to the land, intensifying hurricanes and raising sea levels. Scientists say there is worse to come.

The idea of ecocide is a cri de cour  for repair and reparation, against all oddsInside Climate News, in partnership with NBC and Undark, report on the moral and legal case for accountability.

ICN founder David Sassoon [1] pulls out the hammer in “Ecocide: Should Destruction of the Planet Be a Crime?” with the descriptor:

To prosecute and imprison political leaders and corporate executives would require a parsing of legal boundaries and a recalibration of criminal accountability.

His analogy is Nazi war crimes:

At many moments in history, humanity’s propensity for wanton destruction has demanded legal and moral restraint. One of those times, seared into modern consciousness, came at the close of World War II, when Soviet and Allied forces liberated the Nazi concentration camps at Auschwitz and Dachau.

Photographs and newsreels shocked the conscience of the world. Never had so many witnessed evidence of a crime so heinous, and so without precedent, that a new word—genocide—was needed to describe it, and in short order, a new framework of international justice was erected to outlaw it.

Another crime of similar magnitude is now at large in the world. It is not as conspicuous and repugnant as a death camp, but its power of mass destruction, if left unchecked, would strike the lives of hundreds of millions of people. A movement to outlaw it, too, is gaining momentum. That crime is called ecocide.

Sassoon brings in the Catholic Pope for justification:

Pope Francis, shepherd of 1.2 billion Catholics, has been among the most outspoken, calling out the wrongdoing with the full force of his office. He has advocated for the prosecution of corporations for ecocide, defining it as the damage or destruction of natural resources, flora and fauna or ecosystems. He has also suggested enumerating it as a sin in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a reference text for teaching the doctrine of the faith.


The Church of Climate is ever more desperate, with a tripartite carbon-based energy boom underway (what is new?) and the climate math becoming impossible to reconcile with reality. Meanwhile scientific scrutiny grows toward climate modeling in general and the erroneous claims of negative climate trends, from temperature to droughts to floods to wildfires to sea level rise to ….

Climate authoritarianism is a dangerous fringe movement that must be exposed for its means and ends. Climate policy, not physical climate change, is the real risk and threat for better human living now and into the deep future.


[1] The profile of an authoritarian and a totalitarian-in-waiting follows:

David Sassoon is the founder and publisher of Inside Climate News. He has been a writer, editor and publisher for 30 years, involved with public interest issues: human rights, cultural preservation, healthcare, education and the environment.

In 2003 he began researching the business case for climate action for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. … As an outgrowth of his research, Sassoon founded a blog in 2007 which has grown and evolved into Inside Climate News.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Appendix: Deep Ecology Posts at MasterResource:


  1. rbradley  

    Church of Climate parishioners issue threats too. Here is one from a Dennis Heidner on social media:

    “Rob Bradley Prove it by citing research that is done by organizations not funded by supporting fossil fuel industry, and not written by think tanks specialists that you’ve hired to write papers.

    If it’s such a well known fact the list of citations should be hundreds of pages. But if you toss in references from the UK organization linked up with institute or papers with conflicts of interests with fossil fuel industries – YOU SHOULD EXPECT to be called out.

    FWIW – it’s also really apparent that you are really just trolling on Linkedin – with the intent to take posts away from the original posters subject.

    Trolling in the manner that is being done is unprofessional. It demonstrates desperation. It demonstrates the troller and their organizations are afraid of the truth.

    That is the same tactics used by the tobacco industry.

    Perhaps we’ll see enough of a ground swell and AG’s joining together to go after those responsible for pushing continued harm — just as the tobacco industry was finally forced to compromise and settle. Perhaps just like Purdue Pharmaceuticals the fossil industry will need to payout to those harmed.”


  2. John W. Garrett  

    The Usual Suspects (a/k/a Climate Crackpots™)—

    [Inside Climate News] funders include:

    Common Sense Fund; Educational Foundation of America; Ford Foundation
    Fund for Investigative Journalism; Fund for Nonprofit News; Grantham Foundation
    Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation; Hearst Foundations; Hollywood Foreign Press Association
    Jonathan Logan Family Foundation; Knight Foundation; Leon Lowenstein Foundation
    Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation; Marisla Foundation; Neall Family Charitable Trust
    New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; New York Community Trust; Nicholas B. Ottoway Foundation
    Park Foundation; Peace Development Fund; Pisces Foundation; Putnam Foundation; Reva and David Logan Foundation
    Rhode Island Foundation; Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; Rockefeller Family Fund; Roy A. Hunt Foundation
    Sprocket Foundation; Wallace Global Fund; William B Wiener Jr. Foundation;


  3. David Wojick  

    I am doing a piece on this silly proposed definition of ecocide. It is truly screwed up. None of the cases described fits the definition. I am not sure any action fits it. Of course the Court can always stretch the definition to fit if it sees fit. So it is both silly and dangerous.

    However ICN is actually fairly moderate as climate nuts go.


  4. David Wojick  

    Regarding ICN being moderates, the alarmists have a civil war going on. I call it the moderates versus the radicals. It is important to know what the situation is with the alarmists. I explain this here: https://www.cfact.org/2019/09/28/is-climate-alarmism-tearing-itself-apart/


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