Some of you may be aware of the pioneering work of Polly Higgins, and her proposal to that the United Nations should accept ‘Ecocide’ – the damage and destruction of ecosystems – as a fifth ‘crime against peace’. Such a move would allow eco-crimes to be tried at the International Criminal Court, and could have a profound effect on industries blamed for widespread damage to the environment like fossil fuels, mining, agriculture, chemicals and forestry. Supporters also believe it could be used to prosecute climate deniers who distort science and facts to discourage voters and politicians from taking action to tackle global warming and climate change. Incredibly, corporations have ‘rights’, but the planet that sustains them doesn’t.
Now, a European Citizens Initiative has been launched. This is not just another petition; it is one of the first initiatives of this kind to be successfully lodged and was launched yesterday at the European Parliament.
Once 1 million signatures have been collected, both the European Commission and the European Parliament are obliged to consider setting in motion the legislative process to end Ecocide
Ealing Transition supports this important initiative. You can help by adding your name to the petition at http://www.endecocide.eu/, press ‘sign now’ and follow the instructions