There has been another momentous decision in the campaign to Stop Ecocide.
The European Union’s Parliamentary Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) voted to back the inclusion of a crime of ecocide in the EU’s Directive on protection of the environment through criminal law, which is currently under review. This makes LIBE the fourth committee out of five tasked to review the EU’s directive to back the inclusion of criminalising Ecocide, following on from the earlier support of the Committees on Environment, Health and Food Safety, Development and Petitions (“PETI”) This decision is yet another win for Stop Ecocide International’s (SEI) campaign to criminalise Ecocide.
The definition of ecocide approved by SEI’s Independent Expert Panel in summer 2021, was endorsed, along with recommended sanctions of 10 years in prison for natural persons and monetary penalties of 12 to 23% of turnover for legal persons (i.e. companies).
The next step for Ecocide at the EU level is the Legal Affairs Committee (“JURI”). This fifth and final review of the Directive will hopefully recommend the inclusion of Ecocide. After this, the Directive will go forward to consideration by the full EU Parliament before final discussions with the EU Commission and Council of Ministers. The vote in the JURI committee is currently anticipated to take place on the 28th February 2023.
As the campaign to criminalise Ecocide at the EU level accelerates, I will continue to pursue similar action in the Scottish Parliament. Given our legal commitment to maintain alignment with Europe, the EU moving towards criminalising ecocide has massive implications for Scotland. The time for a new law to protect the earth is now.
We need to protect our planet; we need an ecocide law for Scotland. To raise awareness of ecocide laws in Scotland, you can write to your MSP today or become an earth protector. To learn more about the campaign please contact me at email@example.com