Ecocide

nutshellEco-cide derives from the Greek “oikos” meaning “house” or “home” and the Latin “occidere” meaning “strike down, demolish, kill”. It literally translates to killing our home, the only one we have : Earth.

Ecocide is thus the destruction of the global environment. End Ecocide on Earth  is therefore defining Ecocide crime as “an extensive damage or destruction which would have for consequence a significant and durable alteration of the global commons or Earth’s ecological systems -  upon which rely all living beings in general  and humankind in particular – and in compliance with the known planetary boundaries.

End Ecocide on Earth means by global commons: the oceans and seas beyond territorial waters, the atmosphere, outer atmosphere and their respective chemistry, Arctic, Antarctica, cross-border rivers and lakes, ground water, migratory species, biogeochemical cycles, genetic heritages. These spaces and species which belong to no one, and called Res nullius in law, should no longer be the scene of pollution and abusive predation. This would further the protection of the global ecosystem, and in any case the principle of national sovereignty should not be claimed to shirk all liability when they are impacted.eau douce

We also consider that the destruction of vital ecological systems is equal to a crime against humanity and future generations. Thus, this type of ecocide should not be excluded from an international jurisdiction in the name of national sovereignty, nor be traded through market instruments and trading rights.

Global commons, Earth’s ecological systems, Planetary boundaries :These scientific standards would make it possible to pose the framework where we would be in capacity to protect the global environment in a supranational way, with a possible jurisdiction on national territories when vital ecosystems are threatened.

End Ecocide on Earth (EEE) is a grass-roots initiative (citizen movement) aimed to recognize the crime of ecocide in international criminal law, as the fifth crime prosecutable before the International Criminal Court in the same manner as the crime against humanity, genocide crime, war crimes or crime of aggression.

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