“Help me End Ecocide by 2020. I have proposed that Ecocide become an international crime. With your help we can make this happen.” Polly Higgins, Chairwoman, the Eradicating Ecocide Global Initiative.
In March 2010 international barrister and award winning author Polly Higgins proposed to the United Nations that Ecocide be the 5th Crime Against Peace.
Ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been or will be severely diminished.
The law of Ecocide has been drafted to ensure that we put the interests of people and planet first. Sitting at the heart of the law of Ecocide is the governance of our Earth, to prevent dangerous industrial activity and create a legal duty of care on all nations.
Ecocide very nearly became an international crime. After 11 years of drafting it was removed from the Rome Statute. Many countries objected to it’s removal in 1996. You can read what happened here.
You can help advance an international law of Ecocide in many ways: see our what you can do page, map your support, sign a petition for the global law of Ecocide at Avaaz (and if in Austria please also sign the second petition for Austria to be the country that leads), send a letter to your Head of State, join our facebook group, sign-up for our newsletter, become a Voice for the Earth.
Click here to watch Polly’s Tedx talk
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