15 Jul '11, 4pm

What would happen if ecocide was a crime? Some UK activists are trying to find out:

What would happen if ecocide was a crime? Some UK activists are trying to find out:

Mat wrote about Polly Higgins' book on Ecocide , or the environmental equivalent of genocide, he was compelled by the argument that the abolition of slavery, or the industrial transformation during World War II, provide parallels for the kind of profound shift in our social, cultural and economic thinking that would make destruction of our natural world a crime. Now the concept of ecocide looks set to be debated in a real life mock trial, and in no lesser a venue than the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. But the initiative needs your help to make it happen. Granted, many acts of ecocide—like the recent BP oil spill for example—are already covered by many existing laws, but the addition of a defined crime of ecocide to the world of international law—one that forced heads of state and CEOs to take responsibility for their actions—could have a profound effect, both on how...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/if-ecocide-was-a-...

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