Eradicatingecocide.com is an information portal about the law of Ecocide. We endeavour to make this site as user friendly to as many people as possible. Our website is used by lawyers, students and youths as well as politicians and UN officials.
Wish20 is a global citizen’s initiative to end Ecocide by 2020. It designed to map the growing support of the global community from many different spheres of influence, including individuals, peace organisations and politicians.
Many people around the world are supporting an amendment to the Rome Statute. All documents on this website are licenced by Polly Higgins under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License so that they can be freely used (which means that all you read here is governed by a Creative Commons License, not copyright, so that you can freely share, copy and paste). Many lawyers have been involved in the drafting of the law of Ecocide and you are free to use the source documents here for not-for-profit purposes. The draft documents that are on this website have been shared across the world and continue to be used at a governmental, UN and non-governmental level.
Polly Higgins, Ecocide law expert. In April 2010 a fully drafted proposal was submitted into the United Nations. The wording of the law of Ecocide was deliberately drafted to ensure the governance and accountability of corporate and governmental decision-making so that people and planet are put first. Ecocide is, claims Polly, the missing 5th Crime Against Peace. All that is required is a amendment to the Rome Statute for it to become an international crime. Polly is the author of the award-winning book Eradicating Ecocide: laws and governance to prevent the destruction of our planet. Her second book, Earth is our Business was published in May 2012. She was voted one of the World’s Top 10 Visionary Thinkers by the Ecologist and celebrated as The Planet’s Lawyer by the 2010 Change Awards. She was the Overall Champion of the 2012 People and Environment Awards. Polly delivered the 2012 Rachel Carson Memorial Lecture. She is recognised as the leading expert on the law of Ecocide. You can read the text of the Ecocide Act here. Read more about Polly on her website: www.pollyhiggins.com. Polly speaks on all aspects of Ecocide law, Earth law and is connected to a wider team of lawyers, parliamentarians and members of the public throughout the world who support her work and gift their time freely.
Individuals and organisations who support a law of Ecocide include Ela Gandhi (Gandhi’s granddaughter), Nnimmo Bassey (Chair of Friends of the Earth International), Vandana Shiva (environmental activist), Pablo Solón (Bolivia’s former chief climate change negotiator), Maude Barlow (former senior advisor on water to the UN General Assembly), Michael Mansfield QC (leading human rights lawyer), Judge Christopher Weeramantry (former vice- president of International Court of Justice), Kennedy Graham (New Zealand parliamentarian), Keith Taylor (Member European Parliament), Jared Leto (musician/ actor/ activist), Francesca de Gasparis (Green Belt Movement), Jonathon Porritt (Forum for the Future), Daryl Hannah (actress and environmental activist), VijayMehta (Chair of Uniting for Peace), Deepak Chopra (co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing), Patrick Holden (Founder, Sustainable Food Trust). “Making Ecocide a Crime” was selected as one of the 20 Solutions for a Sustainable Future by the 6th World Youth Congress 2012, which took place in Rio de Janeiro 4-13th June, just before the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)
Those who work with Polly support the Eradicating Ecocide Global Initiative’s vision and values here.