‘Millions care so much and feel so powerless about the future, and I would love to see them begin to understand the power of this one, simple law to protect the Earth – to realize it’s possible, even straightforward.’

April 10, 2019

In a recent column George Monbiot echoes Pope Francis:  “There are no effective safeguards preventing a few powerful people, companies or states from wreaking havoc for the sake of profit or power. Though their actions may lead to the death of millions, they know they can’t be touched. Their impunity, as they engage in potential mass murder, reveals a gaping hole in international law.”

Businesses should be liable for the harm they do. Polly Higgins has launched a push to make ecocide an international crime.  It would force anyone contemplating large-scale vandalism to ask themselves, ‘Will I end up in the Hague for this?’  She says: “there are millions who care so much and feel so powerless about the future, and I would love to see them begin to understand the power of this one, simple law to protect the Earth – to realize it’s possible, even straightforward. I wish I could live to see a million Earth Protectors standing for it – because I believe they will.”
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