Law: New Frameworks and Concepts for a New Era of Environmental Progress and Justice

Speakers: Melanie Strickland (Wild Law, Occupy), Ian Mason (Wild Law), Eradicating Ecocide Campaign
review by Siobhan Carleton-Green


Laws need to be developed for the Earth and the Environment and not against it. But to achieve this, the legal system must radically move from being anthropocentric to being eco-centric in its laws. Nature has inherent value and if we are to bring about Earth Justice, our legal systems must recognise the rights of Nature.

This is possibly the only way that we can make sure that the planet’s eco-systems are protected from being destroyed and those that are responsible for destruction are held to account. The Eradicating Ecocide campaign is aiming for ecocide to become the 5th crime against peace along with Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes and Crimes of Aggression. It is already a crime to destroy environments during war time now we need to make it a crime during peace time too.

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