Covid Eyes – Ecocide

watercolour by E Mac Lochlainn of Greta Thunberg

I remember in my grandma’s cupboards, there were mysterious parcels wrapped up in yellowing newspaper and tied up with string made from old stockings…

And her fireplace had the smallest fire I’d ever seen.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – that’s what she was at, and she had the right idea all those years ago.

The earth has had a short reprieve during this pandemic – the air is clearer, the grass is greener – but that could all be forgotten in this mad rush to “get back to normal”.

That “normal” was disastrous for the planet.

Last week, Swedish activist Greta Thunberg said that the world needed an economic overhaul to have a chance of beating the Climate Crisis. Along with other activists she sent an open letter to Global Leaders urging them to take emergency action.

It made many strong points but interestingly, the letter urged the leaders to back calls for the International Criminal Court to adopt a new crime of “ecocide” – to prosecute those responsible for large-scale destruction of the natural world.

(It didn’t mention stockings but – we can all do our bit!)


  1. In complete agreement with you on this. We cannot all be Greta Thunbergs but we must not think we can’t make a difference-as you say, we can all do our bit. However little that may seem, it’s still important.

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