Really interesting piece on the legal arguments â€“ EcoArtScotland hasÂ posted previously on the legal process of giving legal identity to rivers, and this is another dimension of the argument
Originally posted on resiliencies: stories from a small Irish forest:
Me [Cathy Fitzgerald] with Polly Higgins, environmental lawyer and campaigner for making Ecocide the missing 5th international crime against peace. Pollyâ€™s talk was organised by Friends of the Earth and the Law Dept of Queenâ€™s University, Belfast, 11 Feb 2014.
Ecocide, Earth rights and restorative justice: the three cornerstones of a growing international movement to establish new laws which protect both people and planet. The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth10 was proposed by Polly Higgins in 2008 (as a Universal Declaration of the Planetary Rights).
â€˜The Ecocide Project: â€˜Ecocide is the missing 5th Crime against Peaceâ€™ (2012)
A week ago I was in Belfast to hear environmental lawyer speak Polly Higgins speak about the urgent need for a law to make ecocide an internationally recognised crime. After Pollyâ€™s talk I was thrilled to meet with her â€“ as some of you know I worked this time last year to present a motion at the Green Party of Ireland and Northern Ireland to support Pollyâ€™s growing international campaign to have Ecocide recognised as the missing 5th Crime Against Peace â€“ it was unanimously supported. Polly had heard someone in Ireland had brought this into Irelandâ€™s public arena via the Green Party and was thrilled to put a face to a name (she gave me an enormous hug and a friend snapped this picture straight after -thanks Jan!).
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