If governments are to make ecocide a criminal offence they will need telling by their own people, via government petition software which can verify signatories. So we have started here in the UK (link below).
United Kingdom - NB we know it says “rejected” right now - they confused it with another one about palm oil which is not ours and is actually not asking the same thing! Should be corrected by the end of this month (May 2019). Meantime the full text is visible below.
START A GOVERNMENT PETITION IN YOUR COUNTRY
If your country is not listed above, start your petition now! Below is the text you need. Simply translate if necessary and submit to your own government. Then email us with the link and we will list it here. Let’s tell every government!
Make ECOCIDE a criminal offence, and support its inclusion in the Rome Statute.
Climate negotiations have failed to prevent escalating harm to the natural world. A criminal law of ECOCIDE would impose a legal duty on governments to prevent dangerous industrial practices which exacerbate climate breakdown. It's the only realistic way to force industry to change direction.
ECOCIDE is defined as “extensive loss or damage to, or destruction of ecosystem(s) of a given territory(ies), such that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants has been or will be severely diminished.” [Submitted to UN Law Commission, 2010 by UK barrister Polly Higgins.] To establish seriousness, impact(s) must be widespread or long-term or severe. As with other atrocity crimes, those liable to prosecution will be persons of superior responsibility such as CEOs and government ministers.