United Kingdom

The ‘Ecocide Bill‘, introduced November 2023 as a Private Members Bill by Baroness Rosie Boycott, aims to close an existing gap in UK criminal law which allows perpetrators of the most severe environmental harms to escape accountability.

Serious environmental damage that directly results from decisions made by those in the most senior positions of power would lead to criminal prosecution and potentially jailtime under the proposed bill.

A by-product of the bill, which would be the first of its kind in England, would be to deter potentially damaging climate and environmental policy and give a boost for green businesses by redirecting finance and investment away from the most harmful practices.