Our wish is for the law of Ecocide to be fully implemented by 2020. This requires an amendment to the Rome Statute, which codifies the existing four Crimes Against Peace; genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression. There are 121 countries that are signatories to the Rome Statute; these are known as State Parties.
It only takes one State Party to call for an amendment and then an additional 80 State Parties to agree for Ecocide to be made an international law. Therefore, we need a total of 81 State Parties supporting a law of Ecocide.
Here are some of the successes we have had so far: a mock Ecocide trial was held in the UK Supreme Court where we tested the law of Ecocide; the University of London launched their Ecocide Project which has published unseen documents that chart the history of a law of Ecocide – it very nearly became and international crime in the mid-1990’s. Polly has travelled to many countries and spoken on many platforms, speaking with and legally advising governments, Ambassadors and the UN. Polly’s first book, Eradicating Ecocide: laws and governance to prevent the destruction of our planet won the People’s Book Prize (non-fiction 2011) and her second book, Earth is our Business was published in May 2012. Polly was awarded Overall Champion at the People in the Environment Awards 2012 and has been nominated as a finalist for the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards 2012. Polly has now started a training programme so that others can speak about the law of Ecocide; her Concept Paper, Closing the door to dangerous industrial activity was submitted to all governments around the world. To date Polly has met with Ambassadors, government officials and politicians from 48 countries.