A fully proposed draft of the law of Ecocide was submitted into the United Nations by Polly Higgins in April 2010. The intent behind the drafting is to ensure that people and planet are put first and to create a legal duty of care to a) prohibit the causes of mass damage and destruction, b) prevent future significant harm from taking place and c) create a legal duty of care for nations at risk of or suffering from naturally occurring Ecocide.

A law of Ecocide addresses the core issue of today: ensuring the welfare of both people and planet. For instance, Small Island States that are at risk of rising sea-levels (a naturally occurring Ecocide) shall benefit by the creation of a legal duty of care to assist before they become non-self governing, lose their land and their peoples. Nations that seek to shift to non-destructive industrial activity shall benefit by the creation of a legal duty of care to put the long-term welfare of society first. Divestment from unconventional fossil fuels (human occurring Ecocide) and all of the Carbon Majors shall be a legal requirement under an international law of Ecocide.

What is Ecocide

Learn about the problem of ecocide, why the law of Ecocide acts as a solution and how the law will work.

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Existing Ecocide Laws

Learn about the history of the law of Ecocide in the United Nations and the existing Ecocide laws in ten countries around the world.

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Earth Law

Learn about an emerging body of law which puts people and planet above profit including community bills of rights

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A Law for Business

Learn about why the Law of Ecocide is good for business, and how it can trigger the transformation to achieve the green economy

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A Law for Human Rights

Learn why a law of Ecocide will ensure the protection of our human rights.

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A Law for Peace

Learn why a law of Ecocide is a law for peace and security.

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The Mock Trial

Learn about the mock Ecocide trial held at the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

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Restorative Justice

Learn about restorative justice and the Ecocide restorative justice sentencing event.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about the law of Ecocide please read our frequently asked questions.

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