Should the destruction of the planet be made a crime?
In today’s episode Jo Youle talks to Jojo Mehta, co-founder and executive director of the Stop Ecocide campaign and examines whether the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court – that currently lists four crimes — be extended to include a 5th. That of Ecocide. Unlike suing and fining corporations – who gamble on being caught and put budget aside money for that possibility – making ecocide a crime creates an arrestable offence. It directly, makes those who are responsible for funding, permitting or causing severe environmental harm – liable to criminal prosecution. The idea originally came from the late Polly Higgins, who sadly recently passed away from cancer. We catch up with JoJo today to hear about how she, along with much support from her mostly female team, are carrying this crusade forward.
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Jo Youle is a creative audio specialist in Ibiza, running podcasting courses and radio making workshops. As a freelance journalist, reporter and newsreader for the past 23 years, Jo has hosted everything from news and current affairs programmes and podcasts to her very own Saturday night dance music show called The Remix.Instagram @joannayoule
As a music journalist in London for BBC 6 Music, Jo spent years in muddy fields reporting from festivals like Glastonbury and the red carpets of live events and award ceremonies, but since moving to Ibiza, she has focussed her attentions more on her personal passions and the wellness and ecology side of audio making, like her own show, The Reset Rebel.
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