Ecoside – The Fifth International Crime Against Peace?

A campaign is under way to declare the mass destruction of ecosystems as an international crime against peace, alongside genocide and crimes against humanity. Campaigners want to see ‘ecocide’ introduced as the fifth crime against peace, which could be tried at the International Criminal Court. The proposed law would have a profound effect on industries responsible for widespread devastation to the environment including agriculture, chemicals, fossil fuels, mining, and forestry.

The campaign, run by international environment lawyer Polly Higgins, is asking for global participation to pressure governments to vote for the proposed law if it is accepted by the UN Law commission. The deadline for the text is January 2011, and a vote has been scheduled on other amendments in 2012. It would need a two-thirds majority of the 197 member countries to pass. The campaign website is available at

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