Making Ecocide a Crime

WHAT IS ECOCIDE?

ECOCIDE is the mass damage or destruction of the natural living world.

We believe ECOCIDE should be a crime at the International Criminal Court – alongside Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity.

Our legal and diplomatic team is already helping to make that a reality.

WHY A CRIMINAL LAW?

Most environmental law is civil law. However, suing companies (civil litigation) only leads to financial penalties. It doesn’t change what businesses actually do. If company bosses faced going jail, it would be a very different story. The short clip below highlights the difference between civil and criminal law and why it is crucial that we make ECOCIDE an international CRIME!

 

A POWERFUL WAY TO STOP INDUSTRIES POLLUTING

A crime of ecocide prevents big business investors from financing harmful practices, and prevents insurers from insuring them. People in positions of superior responsibility – eg CEOs and government ministers – become prosecutable as individuals for ecocide which they cause or permit.

IT’S A SIMPLE LEGAL PROCESS

Any state that is a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) can propose an amendment to the Rome Statute, which is the court’s governing document.

When 2/3 of member states approve, amendments can be added.

Any member state can then ratify and enforce the amendment.

WHICH STATES ARE PROPOSING THIS?

Small states which are vulnerable to ecocide and climate change have the biggest incentive to support.

Although an amendment to the Rome Statute has not yet been officially proposed, 2 sovereign states (Vanuatu and the Maldives) have already publicly called for consideration of it (December 2019 at the ICC’s Assembly in The Hague).

For the first time in 50 years this law has been signposted on the global stage

The next step is for a state to propose a viable amendment, with support from other member states. Our immediate mission is to facilitate this.

WHAT IS NEEDED TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN?

  1. Expert legal, strategic and practical assistance for states interested in taking ecocide law forward.
    This is what we do.

  2. Visible public support, so governments around the world understand we all want this law to protect the Earth. And funds to support the legal and diplomatic work. This is where you come in.

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