Ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or other causes. Eradicating Ecocide is a global campaign led by lawyer Polly Higgins to make ecocide a Crime Against Peace under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, alongside genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.
Ecocide is a crime against humanity, a crime against current and future generations and against all life on earth. It is just not a crime in law yet. Currently we have no legal mechanism to hold anyone criminally responsible and accountable for environmental destruction. Governments, business and finance are not legally bound to be accountable for some of the biggest ecocides, despite the risk to both humans and nature, which means that there is no incentive for them to behave any differently.
By creating a crime of Ecocide, the enforcement of a global primary duty (to stop activities that cause significant harm) ensures that all subsequent decisions are made whereby people and planet are put first. By criminalising Ecocide at an international level, a global duty of care is created so that corporations can’t just tear down a forest and not only get away with it, but profit from it.
All we need to make ecocide a crime is for one Member State Signatory of the Rome Stature to call for it to be added as an International Crime. Wish20 is a Global Citizens Initiative to make this happen by 2020, so that Ending Ecocide isn’t just a wish, it’s the law.