Published by Deborah Phelan on 06 Mar 2012 at 11:00 am
WiserEarth founder Paul Hawken joins the “Earth’s Lawyer” Polly Higgins in San Francisco this Friday at Fired Up for Rio+20, an evening focused on establishing Ecocide as the United Nation’s 5th Crime Against Peace. An event not to miss!
“Rio+20 is a moment in history when world leaders can demonstrate their commitment to the Earth,” says Higgins. “Under an Ecocide law, the world can opt-in to a law that places people and planet first.”
The ratification would grant ecocide the same status as the other four crimes against peace–genocide, crimes against humanity, crimes of aggression and war crimes; thereby holding CEOs and Heads and State legally responsible for environmental destruction.
Higgins, a UK barrister and author, is universally known for championing the legal status of the Earth through a strategy which includes mock trials. In a test trial in the UK supreme court last autumn, two multinational corporations involved in Tar Sands extraction were found guilty of ecocide for destroying global ecosystems. Higgins, who in 2010 addressed the UN on the concept of Ecocide, is campaigning to include her proposal on the official Rio+20 agenda at June’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (The Earth Summit). Higgins’ proposal has gained significant traction during her current trip to the United States and Canada.
The program will run from 7 to 10pm with networking opportunities throughout the evening. For more event details and tickets, visit the event page.
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