Eradicating Ecocide


Ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been or will be severely diminished.

~ proposed amendment to the Rome Statute, by Polly Higgins, April 2010

The concept of ecocide–the destruction of ecosystems–has been around for many years but a global initiative to have it officially declared a crime in peacetime (it is already considered a crime in wartime) began in 2010 and has been gathering momentum ever since. See: