Why this is important
Ecocide is the extensive destruction of ecosystems and environments which has severe consequences for people as well as the environment.
To world leaders:
As concerned citizens of a fragile planet, we call on you to back an international law of Ecocide at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June this year. We call on you to make ecocide the 5th International Crime Against Peace. Life on Earth as it is now cannot survive if we continue to treat our environment as we are currently doing. Take this opportunity to back strong measures to make ecocide a crime, to protect humanity and the Earth.
Life on Earth is under threat. Damage to the Earth is being caused at an alarming rate and there is no legal framework to prevent this. But next month in June, leaders from around the globe will be at the RIO+20 Earth Summit discussing the Earths future – we can make them put people and planet above profit.
As it currently stands there is no international law against ecocide. Making ecocide the 5th International Crime Against Peace will protect our environment and make those who destroy it criminally liable. Our leaders have the chance to fundamentally change the way our Earth is protected.
This crucial summit provides us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity. We can make our leaders listen to our demands for change. Lets show them that ecocide is a grave crime and that this must be put into international law. Sign this petition and share it with all your friends!