Polly Higgins, Ecocide Crime, Eradicating Ecocide

The Model Law – proposed amendment to the Rome Statute (2010)

Ecocide crime is:

  1. acts or omissions committed in times of peace or conflict by any senior person within the course of State, corporate or any other entity’s activity which cause, contribute to, or may be expected to cause or contribute to serious ecological, climate or cultural 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.
  2. To establish seriousness, impact(s) must be widespread, long-term or severe.