What is ecocide

What do we call an Ecocide and other key terms
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What is Ecocide?

Ecocide is defined as “an extensive damage or destruction which would have for consequence a severe alteration of the global commons or the Earth’s ecological system“ – upon which rely all living beings in general and humankind in particular – and in compliance with the known planetary boundaries

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What are the global commons and the Earth’s ecological system?

The global commons are natural areas to which no single nation state has exclusive rights, as legal ownership is precluded due to their nature (e.g. space, earth’s atmosphere, oceans) or an international agreement (e.g. the Antarctic Treaty, 1959).

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What are the planetary boundaries?

The planetary boundaries are the limits to the stability of the global ecosystem, determined in 2009 by Johan Rockström’s scientific team, revised in January 2015 by Will Steffen’s team from the Stockholm Resilience Centre, beyond which human existence is threatened. The science shows that these nine processes and systems regulate the stability and resilience of the Earth System – the interactions of land, ocean, atmosphere and life that together provide conditions upon which our societies depend.

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What is the Rome Statute?

The Rome Statute is the legislation that governs the International Criminal Court (ICC), established to end impunity of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.

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Why amend the Rome Statute?

The main idea is intriguingly simple: we believe the destruction of the global commons or ecosystem services upon which human populations rely, is equal to a crime against humanity. Ecocide must therefore become a international crime; a crime for which State sovereignty cannot be claimed to shirk liability, and those in superior positions can be held accountable.

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What does End Ecocide aim to achieve?

Our primary aim is the recognition of ecocide as an international crime. We have developed 17 proposed amendments to the Rome Statute to establish an international criminal legal framework that ensures the safety of the planet by protecting the global commons and ecosystem services upon which humanity relies, and maintaining human activity within the planetary boundaries.

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Who is End Ecocide on Earth

(Deutsch) End Ecocide on Earth ist eine basisdemokratische BürgerInnenbewegung, die es sich zum Ziel gesetzt hat das Verbrechen des Ökozids, neben dem Genozid, den Kriegs- und Menschrechtsverbrechen und dem Angriffskrieg, als fünftes Verbrechen gegen den Frieden am Internationalen Strafgerichtshof zu verankern. Wir sind eine Gruppe von ehrenamtlichen AktivistInnen, mit Erfahrungen und Wissen in den Bereichen Kommunikation, Management und Umweltrecht, die sich ernste Sorgen um unseren Planeten machen. End Ecocide on Earth ist eine Nichtregierungsorganisation, die sich ausschließlich durch Spenden von einzelnen Menschen finanziert, die unsere Sorge um den Planeten und alle darauf existierenden Lebensformen teilen. Wir glauben noch daran, dass wir die Natur für zukünftige Generationen bewahren können, aber dies kann uns nur gemeinsam gelingen. Nur wir alle miteinander haben die Macht, dies zu vollbringen. Daher rufen wir Euch alle, die AktivistInnen von End Ecocide aber auch alle anders engagierten Mitmenschen auf, sich bei allen Veranstaltungen für ein Gesetz gegen das fünfte Verbrechen, den Ökozid einzusetzen. Lies weiter...

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