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Ecocide

Author: Jason Drew - Founder - Agriprotein Technologies

( Article Type: Overview )

The term ecocide refers to the large scale destruction of the natural environment, its ecosystems or the over consumption of non-renewable resources. Where such destruction is
deliberate, reckless or negligent and causes lasting damage, this forms the basis of Ecocide.
Examples include major oil spills, rain forest destruction, aquifer depletion or the overfishing and collapse of a fishery such as that of cod. It was first mentioned in the 1960’s when it was described as the murder of the environment.
It has been argued that humans are committing ecocide through our global effect on the environment and the ecological systems on which we depend. In 1996, Canadian/ Australian lawyer Mark Gray proposed an international crime of ecocide, based on established international environmental and human rights law. In April 2010 UK Lawyer Polly Higgins proposed to the United Nations that ecocide be recognised as an international Crime Against Peace alongside Genocide, Crimes of Humanity, War Crimes and Crimes of Aggression, triable at the International Criminal Court. The definition proposed is:

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. There is a growing worldwide campaign to make ecocide a UN crime against peace. (See www.eradicatingecocide.com).