Ecocide is defined as the “extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystems of a given territory“. We demand direct criminal liability for those responsible for ecocide, both individuals (i. e. decision-makers in politics and business) and companies. The proposed Ecocide Directive would apply to five cases: Ecocide committed on EU territory, or by companies registered in the EU, or by EU citizens, as well as the import of any goods or services resulting from activities causing ecocide in the EU and the financing of ecocide by EU banks or financial institutions.
Today, we live in a world where the “widespread, long-term and severe damage to the natural environment” (Art 8.2 Rome Statute) is a war crime but corporates are free to destroy the earth without facing any legal consequences during peace time. It’s time to update the law and end this paradox.
WHY WE NEED IT
- to act as one law to end different types of environmental destruction
- to hold decision makers directly liable
- to preserve and protect biodiversity
- to protect entire ecosystems, not just individual elements such as soil, air, fauna & flora
- to trigger the transformation to a sustainable and low-carbon economy
- to honour our duty to future generations
- to contribute to a shift in values to give the earth its own rights