Death for Gaia: Ecocide and the Righteous Assassins

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Simplicity Institute, 2020 - Philosophy - 110 pages

"Death for Gaia" is a philosophical story about a group of scientists who create and release a biological weapon they call 'Hemlock-42'. This virus is designed with a single goal in mind: to eradicate most of humanity as a means of preserving what remains of planetary ecosystems and the declining diversity of species. Less than ten percent of humanity survives the pandemic.

Forty-six years after this momentous disruption, various tribes of the After World have gathered, in this period of fragile but renewed stability, to discuss the justifiability of the acts that led to the Great Die-Off. Professor Durruk Senjen, the sole surviving activist who released Hemlock-42, has been called to defend his acts and face judgement.

Note from the authors: Readers may draw parallels between the fictional virus described in this book and the outbreak of COVID-19 at the beginning of 2020. Our manuscript was complete and under review in July 2019 and thus any similarities are purely coincidental. We offer this book with condolences to those who have lost loved ones to the pandemic.

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About the author (2020)

Samuel Alexander is a lecturer with the Office for Environmental Programs and researcher at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne. His interdisciplinary work focusses primarily on the socio-economic implications of renewable energy transitions. He is author of twelve books, including 'Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits' (2015) and 'Sufficiency Economy: Enough, for Everyone, Forever' (2015).

Peter Burdon is Associate Professor at the Adelaide Law School and a delegate for the National Tertiary Education Union. He is also Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) for the Adelaide Law School. Peter's research uses interdisciplinary materials from sociology, political science, economics, philosophy, history and environmental studies. Peter is an expert in environmental theory and has written and edited books on Earth Jurisprudence and Earth Democracy. In 2017 he published a book on Hannah Arendt and the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann.

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