BREAKING NEWS: Top Shell bosses and Dutch Minister to be investigated for Climate Ecocide the missing International Crime of our Time.’ British Barrister calls for criminal law of ecocide to impose a legal duty on governments to protect the public from dangerous industrial practices.

At the launch of the independent Preliminary Climate Crime Investigation, Polly Higgins says: “I look forward to publicly reporting our findings,” said Ms Higgins. “If the evidence shows that continuous industrial activity known to adversely affect climate breakdown has been permitted, then both the Dutch government Minister and Shell’s senior officers could be held responsible for pervasive impacts on the world’s population at large, including the systemic and wide-spread collapse of ecosystems.” Read Climate Crime press release here.

Here is a small sample of earlier press coverage:

British campaigner urges UN to accept ‘ecocide’ as international crime  Juliette Jowitt, The Guardian
Is Ecocide a Crime? Time Magazine
Big thinker: Polly Higgins  Al Jazeera Earthrise
Moment of reckoning?  CBNC, October 2011
Polly Higgins: let us stand up for climate justice  Award-winning Swedish eco blog Supermiljöbloggen
UK supreme court explores ‘ecocide’ in mock trial  Deutsche Welle
Is Ecocide a crime?  Time Magazine
Supreme Court stages mock ‘ecocide’ trial  Financial Times
Mock trial finds tar sands ‘bosses’ guilty of ecocide  The Independent
Stop the tar sands destruction: outlaw this ecocide  The Guardian
Is there a crime of Ecocide?  New Zealand parliamentarian Kennedy Graham, December 2011
Challenging climate apartheid  Nnimmo Bassey, New Internationalist
Tribunal simula caso de “ecocídio” como crime contra a humanidade  Mercado
Interview with Polly Higgins  Scotland on Sunday, The Scotsman, May 2012
We Are Made Wise by the Responsibility of Our Future  Huffington Post, May 2012
Palm Trees and Controversy: the world’s top judges and lawyers at Rio+20  Stanley Johnson, The Guardian, June 2012
Judges for the Environment: we have a crucial role to play  Robert Carnwath, The Guardian, June 2012
Can Lawyers Save the Planet?  Lachie McKenzie, Huffington Post, June 2012
Why the Supreme Courts can make Rio+20 a Success  Stanley Johnson, The Guardian, June 2012
20 Solutions for a Sustainable Future  6th World Youth Congress 2012, June 2012
Law Against Ecocide the Key to Triggering the Green Economy, June 2012
Eradicating ecocide at Rio  China Dialogue, June 2012
The Earth’s advocate: Defending our environment  The Independent, June 2012
Ecocide: A legal green high?  BBC news, June 2012
Heroes are putting their lives on the line  George Monbiot, The Guardian, July 2012
The business plan to stop ecocide  The Guardian
New ecocide project launches with discovery of UN research  Positive News, July 2012
What will your legacy be?  Resurgence Magazine
Citizens’ initiative aims to end Ecocide in Europe Positive News, April 2013
The duty to care for our common home, Femke Wijdekop, New Internationalist, 2016

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