ECOCIDE is the serious loss, damage or destruction of ecosystems, and includes climate and cultural damage. StopEcocide believes ECOCIDE should be recognised as an atrocity crime at the International Criminal Court in The Hague – alongside Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity.
A SIMPLE LEGAL PROCESS Any member state, however small, can propose an amendment to the International Criminal Court’s governing document, the Rome Statute. Once tabled, it cannot be vetoed.
When two thirds of ICC members sign up to it, it becomes law.
A POWERFUL WAY TO CHANGE INDUSTRY DIRECTION A criminal law prevents investors from backing ecocidal practices, and insurers from underwriting them. Persons of superior responsibility – CEOs and government ministers – become individually criminally responsible for ecocide which they recklessly cause or contribute to (eg by engaging in ecocidal practices or issuing permits for them).
HOW IS IT POSSIBLE? Those with the greatest incentive – small island nations at the frontline of climate breakdown
– already have the power to propose this amendment. All they require is:
expert legal support and practical assistance… which we can provide.
the safety of public support and visibility… which you can provide.
By becoming an Earth Protector, you’re supporting both these things.
We are Ecological Defence Integrity, a small UK non-profit founded in Stroud by legal pioneer Polly Higgins, working with a team of top international criminal lawyers and evidence experts. We are already preparing a test prosecution case against one of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies (Shell), and we are already working with Pacific small island (Great Ocean) states.
StopEcocide basically works at two levels, the highest and the lowest. Roughly explained:
at the highest level StopEcocide wants to establish an internationally recognized law that criminalizes Ecocide. Large companies, and specially the persons who are responsible, don’t suffer real legal consequences in case they destroy the earth and they cannot really be stopped. With Ecocide law in place they CAN be prosecuted and stopped. Polly Higgins herself explaines it very clearly in this video.
at the lowest level StopEcocide seeks to legally support those people who are in the front lines of ecological activism run the risk of being arrested. More detailed information under StopEcocide’s FAQ (I’m an activist standing up against ecocide – does becoming an Earth Protector help me?)
French citizens’ assembly votes to make ecocide a crime
Over 99% in favour of a national referendum
Right now, ecocide (destroying the planet) is legal. Let’s make it a crime
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Moet vernietiging aarde strafbaar worden?
Met een ecocidewet kan Den Haag het internationale centrum van vrede, recht en klimaatbescherming worden.
(Should destruction of the earth become punishable?
With an ecocide law, The Hague can become the international center of peace, justice and climate protection.)
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Esperta scozzese propone
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