29 Sep '11, 8am

@PollyHiggins believes ecocide will be international crime by spring 2013. See her at Schumacher

Polly Higgins is urging the UN to accept "ecocide " as a crime against peace, alongside genocide and crimes against humanity. The move could make it possible for those individuals and businesses found guilty of environmental harm to be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Speaking to BusinessGreen on the sidelines of an event in London earlier this week, Higgins revealed that she hopes ecocide will be accepted as an international crime by spring 2013. If enshrined in law, the radical idea could have a massive impact on industries blamed for widespread damage to the environment, such as the fossil fuels, mining, agriculture, chemicals and forestry sectors. "Its not a question of 'if' but 'when'," Higgins argued, adding that she hopes to secure the change to the law and retire in the next 18 months. An ecocide mock trial is being held in the UK's Supreme Court fr...

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