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We ask the EU to recognise the crime of ecocide in its Environmental Crime Directive. [1]

Environmental crimes have global impact and cross borders so the EU and its Member States must also commit to push for the recognition of ecocide in the scope of the International Criminal Court.

Why is this important?

Let’s make harming our planet or “ecocide” a crime. “Ecocide” is any human activity that massively damages and destroys our environment, like an oil spill, deforestation, or soil pollution.

Before they keep destroying our planet, we need to stop the fossil fuel industry immediately. Our representatives in the European Parliament will soon vote on how to reform our laws on environmental crime. And could include ecocide as part of these reforms.

There’s a lot of momentum in the EU Parliament to make this happen. But we know how powerful fossil fuel companies and their lobbyists are at influencing politics.

This is where we come in. Let’s show our representative that thousands of Europeans want ecocide to be a crime. If they see our support, they’ll be much more likely to stay strong, vote to add ecocide, and protect our planet.

Make harming the planet a crime!


References:

  1. This crime should have a strong definition, following the work of the Stop Ecocide International panel, that ecocide is unlawful or wanton acts committed with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of severe and either widespread or long-term damage to the environment being caused.

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Tweet to Belgian Minister of Justice Vincent Van Quickenborne, Luxembourgish Minister of Justice Sam Tanson, Dutch Minister of Justice Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius, Austrian Minister of Justice Alma Zadić, French Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti, German Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann, Spanish Minister of Justice Pilar Llop, Italian Minister of Justice Carlo Nordio and Polish Minister of Justice Zbigniew Ziobro

If we want to make sure we are serious about protecting our environment, we need to make ecocide a crime. Destroying nature will become a crime and that will be a clear message to companies and governments around the world.

The global movement to make ecocide a crime is gaining momentum like never before. Now it’s up to the EU to make sure they catapult the movement to new heights rather than derail its progress.

As our leaders in the EU meet, remind them that their decision will impact a growing global movement to protect our planet. If they want to be a catalyst for change, they need to make ecocide a crime across the EU now! Send them a Tweet now!

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If we want to make sure we are serious about protecting our environment, we need to make ecocide a crime. Destroying nature will become a crime where you can get arrested and go to jail.

The global movement to make ecocide a crime is gaining momentum like never before. Now it’s up to the EU to make sure they catapult the movement to new heights rather than derail its progress.

As our leaders in the EU meet, remind them that their decision will impact a growing global movement to protect our planet. If they want to be a catalyst for change, they need to make ecocide a crime across the EU now!

Follow the simple instructions below and if you need some inspiration we have suggested some talking points.

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Talking points:

  • Your decision could either catapult the global movement to recognise the gravest environmental crimes to new heights or derail its progress. Make sure the EU recognises the new crime of ecocide with its own definition.
  • A growing number of countries from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain (Catalunya) Mexico, Belgium, to Brazil want to make ecocide a crime. We need the EU to lead the way. If the EU recognises ecocide as a crime, it will inspire even more countries to follow suit.
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Making harming our planet a crime is crucial to saving our climate. We need to deter, prevent and punish companies who destroy our environment, like an oil spill, deforestation, or soil pollution. We have a chance to change a law that would make these companies accountable.

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