Protect the Earth, Change the law.
Ecocide is a word to describe what is happening to our planet; the mass damage and destruction of the natural living world. It literally means “killing one’s home”.
Ecocide, committed repeatedly over decades and permitted by law, has led to global climate and ecological crisis.
So far, both treaties, environmental law and civil lawsuits have all failed to prevent the destruction of ecosystems.
It’s time to change the rules!
Those responsible for ecocides are only getting insignificant fines that they can easily pay and continue their harmful activities.
However, if ecocide was recognised as a crime, it would contribute to end the destruction of the planet, and deter and punish those responsible, as they could face prison sentences.
It would also encourage companies and governments to operate in a way that is more respectful of nature and humanity.
We are working, together with a growing global network of lawyers, diplomats, and across all sectors of civil society, towards making ecocide a national and international crime.