Make Ecocide a criminal offence in the UK

We ask that the government make ECOCIDE, the wilful or negligent destruction of ecosystems whether by human agency or other causes, a punishable offence by law and to provide simple, effective deterrents for those in positions of responsibility, enforceable within existing criminal justice systems.

This petition closed on 28 Jan 2021 with 8,201 signatures


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Recent Documents related to Make Ecocide a criminal offence in the UK

1. Misconduct in Public Office
04/12/2020 - Law Commission
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Found: HC 1027 Law Com No 397LC 39 7 Misconduct in public office Presented to Parliament pursuant to section

2. Philip Priestley and Maurice Vanstone - written evidence
19/12/2017 - Inquiry: Transforming Rehabilitation - Justice Committee
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Found: and departments of government.The political destruction of historic probation.What needs to be done to

3. The retention and disclosure of criminal records
17/05/2019 - Commons Research

Found: 17 May 2019 The retention and disclosure of criminal records By Jacqueline Beard Inside: 1. Retention

4. Mr James Robottom - written evidence
16/10/2018 - Inquiry: Modern slavery - Home Affairs Committee
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Found: a barrister at 7 Bedford Row specialising in the law and practice relating to modern slavery. I was counsel

5. Guidance: Memorandum to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Bill
06/06/2019 - Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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Found: GAMES BILL MEMORANDUM FOR THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS Introduction 1. This Memorandum addresses

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Recent Speeches related to Make Ecocide a criminal offence in the UK

1. Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] (Fourth sitting)
01/03/2018 - Public Bill Committees

1: methodology set out in Chapter 5 of the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s Sanctions Assessment Handbook: - Speech Link
2: process of destroying an entire society. It is as simple and terrifying as that.”UNICEF came to the - Speech Link
3: In 2016, the UK secured amendments to the EU’s sanctions regime on Syria to provide a specific exemption - Speech Link
4: regulations made under Clause 1 which state a purpose within Clause 1(2). The amendment expands the reference - Speech Link
5: regulations made under Clause 1 which state a purpose within Clause 1(2). The amendment expands the reference - Speech Link
6: vote, but moving it gives me the opportunity to make a couple of points and perhaps to ask a question - Speech Link
7: individuals, and the Government have to respond within 120 days to give the reasons why they did or did - Speech Link

2. Pension Schemes Bill [HL]
24/02/2020 - Grand Committee

1: inflation; falling asset prices; and, probably, less effective collective bargaining.Much of the content - Speech Link
2: decline of defined benefit pension provision in the UK. I will address the specifics of these amendments - Speech Link

3. Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [HL]
21/05/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: insert— “(ea) provide accountability for or be a deterrent to gross violations of human rights, or otherwise - Speech Link
2: My Lords, the abuse of human rights was an issue of significant concern to both your Lordships’ House - Speech Link

4. Offensive Weapons Bill
28/11/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: weapons “(1) The Secretary of State must, within 6 months of this Act receiving Royal Assent, lay - Speech Link
2: type of ammunition being manufactured commits an offence if—(a) The person has in his or her possession - Speech Link

5. Offensive Weapons Bill
06/02/2019 - Grand Committee

1: that people cannot be in two places at once. I must make the normal announcement that if there is a Division - Speech Link
2: retain the current definition of risk for the existing offences in section 1A of the Prevention of Crime - Speech Link
3: terms of the risk that must be present for an offence of threatening someone with an offensive weapon - Speech Link
4: of Crime Act 1953 and Section 139AA of the Criminal Justice Act 1988, and then explain why we have brought - Speech Link

6. Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill [HL]
19/11/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: private international law (1) The appropriate national authority may make regulations for the purpose - Speech Link

7. Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [HL]
12/02/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: automatically on a pre-programmed route is the responsibility of its operator, even when it is not being - Speech Link
2: another operational team at RAF Waddington in the UK. Such control-sharing activity, scaled down, must - Speech Link
3: removed? Who will have responsibility for it? If the drone is autonomous and not within the geographical boundaries - Speech Link
4: difference but a very significant one and that we must make sure that there is a clear definition. I thank my - Speech Link
5: consideration the Government believe that the existing wording in paragraph 1 of Schedule 8 regarding - Speech Link

8. Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [Lords]
22/06/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: already exist in extradition proceedings. It does not make it more or less likely that a person will be extradited - Speech Link

9. Medicines and Medical Devices Bill
19/10/2020 - Grand Committee

1: important Bill.Although we have been keen to make progress with the MMD Bill, if I might call it that - Speech Link

10. Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [HL]
04/02/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: process or any of the existing safeguards in extradition proceedings. It does not make it more or less likely - Speech Link

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Recent Questions related to Make Ecocide a criminal offence in the UK
1. Age of Criminal Responsibility
asked by: Paul Farrelly
13/05/2019
... whether he has plans to bring forward legislative proposals to raise the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales.

2. Loughs Agency: Finance
asked by: Lady Hermon
23/07/2019
... whether the Government plans to provide funding to the Loughs Agency after the UK leaves the EU; and if she will make a statement.

3. Philippines: Human Rights
asked by: Lord Hylton
27/11/2018
... (4) call for the full implementation of Republic Act 7610 for the protection of children and young people.

4. Islam: Legal Systems
asked by: Baroness Cox
21/01/2019
... and (2) ensure that relevant vulnerable people are made aware of their rights in relation to the application of sharia law within the UK judicial system.

5. Egypt: Human Rights
asked by: Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb
24/01/2017
... and to bring to justice all those suspected of criminal responsibility for such abuses.

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Ecocide- the wilful damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given area of land or sea- has been committed over decades and is currently permitted in the UK. This has led to the global climate and ecological crisis that threatens humanity and the survival of many species on Earth.

Many countries are starting to wake up to the urgency of the crisis, including France and Denmark. Now is the time for the UK to unite with them. Our survival depends on it. It is time to change the rules


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