The Proposed Totalitarian Environmental Courts

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It seems that environmentalists are not satisfied with forcing the unnecessary deaths of millions of people around the globe. Now they want an international court that will “punish” nations that do not subscribe to radical environmentalism:

Stephen Hockman QC is proposing a body similar to the International Court of Justice in The Hague to be the supreme legal authority on issues regarding the environment.

The first role of the new body would be to enforce international agreements on cutting greenhouse gas emissions set to be agreed next year.

But the court would also fine countries or companies that fail to protect endangered species or degrade the natural environment and enforce the “right to a healthy environment”.

The innovative idea is being presented to an audience of politicians, scientists and public figures for the first time at a symposium at the British Library.

Mr Hockman, a deputy High Court judge, said that the threat of climate change means it is more important than ever for the law to protect the environment.

The UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland this month is set to begin negotiations that will lead to a new agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol in Copenhagen next year. Developed countries are expected to commit to cutting emissions drastically, while developing countries agree to halt deforestation.

Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, has agreed the concept of an international court will be taken into account when considering how to make these international agreements on climate change binding. The court is also backed by a number of MPs, climate change experts and public figures including the actress Judi Dench.

The late Arthur Shenfield more than 25 years ago told me that totalitarianism will come to the West via environmentalism. That day finally is arriving. Environmentalists like Al Gore and Judy “Stench” have a “wonderful” future planned for the rest of us. Of course, they will not be taking part in living that future, as they will continue to have access to all the material blessings that will be denied everyone else.

1:18 pm on November 30, 2008