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ECOCIDE is the missing 5th Crime Against Peace Polly Higgins International Lawyer Author: Eradicating Ecocide & Earth is our Business.

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1 ECOCIDE is the missing 5th Crime Against Peace Polly Higgins International Lawyer Author: Eradicating Ecocide & Earth is our Business

2 Crimes Against Humanity War Crimes Genocide Crimes of Aggression Well-being of life Crimes Against Peace

3 Crimes Against Humanity War Crimes Genocide Crimes of Aggression Ecocide Well-being of all life Crimes Against Peace

4 44 27 Right to Life States have a positive legal duty to protect life

5 5 widespread long-term and severe damage to the natural environment which would be clearly excessive in relation to the concrete and direct overall MILITARY advantage anticipated War Crime

6 6 widespread long-term and severe damage to the natural environment which would be clearly excessive in relation to the concrete and direct overall COMMUNITY advantage anticipated Peace Crime

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8 Strict Liability v intent: comparator Death by Dangerous Driving years (objective test) Manslaughter years (reckless knowledge) Murder life (intent)

9 Strict Liability v intent: comparator Death by Dangerous Driving years Ecocide by damage, destruction to or loss of eco.... (objective test) Manslaughter years Ecocide + knowledge (reckless knowledge) Murder life Ecocide + intent (intent)

10 ECOCIDE The extensive destruction, damage to or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished

11 human-made other causes miningtsunamis fossil fuel extractionmelting ice frackingfloods deforestationearthquake BP Gulf oil spillecosystem collapse

12 International Criminal Court

13 3000 companies Industry said it is a necessity public demand economic collapse self-regulation limit numbers (cap) leave it to market forces tradeable permits improve conditions pay fines

14 3000 companies Industry said it is a necessity public demand economic collapse self-regulation limit numbers (cap) leave it to market forces tradeable permits improve conditions

15 Just because it is the norm to destroy the Earth does not mean that it is right Moral wrong = criminal wrong

16 THIS SHOULD BE A CRIME

17 Inert Thing Property Law imposed value $$$ commodity Living Being Trusteeship Law intrinsic value responsibility

18 crime against humanity crime against nature crime against future generations crime against peace ECOCIDE

19 My wish: to end Ecocide by 2020

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21 issue: our Earth is being destroyed Wish20: end the era of Ecocide the quest: to empower others to act

22 eradicatingecocide.com/wish20


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