Monthly Archives: July 2012

Fragile Home

The first sentence, all of ten words–‘Earth is a fragile home suspended in the great void’–compels you to read more. Afterall, this is our only home. Douglas Adams, in his comic series, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, observes that … Continue reading

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Ecocide

Polly Higgins in ‘Towards A Garden Of Eden’ [ewl, 305-312] lists the four crimes (genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and aggression) that the International Criminal Court (ICC–which is for individuals, not the International Court of Justice–which settles disputes between … Continue reading

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My General Concerns

As Paul Simon sings, Whoah God only knows, God makes his plan The information’s unavailable to the mortal man We’re workin’ our jobs, collect our pay Believe we’re gliding down the highway, when in fact we’re slip sliding away –‘The … Continue reading

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my AVM

today is the fourth anniversary of my AVM

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Degrowth

Samuel Alexander calls for ‘degrowth‘, ‘an emerging term that designates a radical concept of economic growth,… of planned economic contraction … [where] over-consuming societies begin repaying their ecological debts to the Wild.’ In ‘Earth Jurisprudence And The Ecological Case For … Continue reading

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Obligation

Paul Babie in ‘How We Control The Earth And Others’ [ewl, 279-292] uses different language to describe a shortcoming in property law and seeks a different solution. In so doing, he touches upon different approaches. He speaks of ‘obligation‘ (rather … Continue reading

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You Can Drive My Car–But It’s Still Mine

‘Baby, you can drive my car’–to babybooming Americans, the car and cheap gas represented freedom–a means of escape; private property represented stability and security–a home to come to. Then, in post-WWII America, you could have your cake and eat it … Continue reading

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Owning The Earth

Nicole Graham asks, in ‘Owning The Earth’ [ewl, 259-269], What is owned? and What does ownership mean? In modern Western property ownership law, rights are ‘dephysicalised’ meaning, like money which is no longer tied to the gold standard, property rights … Continue reading

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What Is Real?

Mari Margil in ‘Stories From The Environmental Frontier’ [ewl, 249-255] writes bluntly, ‘The planet is dying.’ Seems unreal. I’m coming up on the fourth anniversary of my brain injury. For four years I’ve had my personal struggles with reality. This … Continue reading

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

Linda Sheehan in ‘Earth Day Revisited: Building A Body Of Earth Law For The Next Forty Years’ [ewl, 236-248] writes that ‘lessons from the past will shed light on our missteps, and help us illuminate a new path’. She faults … Continue reading

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