OFFICIAL UK GOVERNMENT PETITION
All petitions had to close on 6 November because of the General Election.
The site will remain closed until we have a new Petitions Committee and will open again as soon as the House of Commons sets up a new Petitions Committee. More details here.
Click below to sign the International (Avaaz) petition.
START A GOVERNMENT PETITION IN YOUR COUNTRY
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.
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 in [your country]
Climate agreements and civil laws have failed to prevent escalating harm to the Earth.
A criminal law of ECOCIDE would criminalise practices known to destroy ecosystems and/or exacerbate climate breakdown. It's the only 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.