Healthy ecosystems and flourishing biodiversity are fundamental to the harmonious balance of life on Earth, as well as to sustainable human civilisation. They are also fundamental to regulating climate.
Existing environmental protections are often not adhered to or are poorly monitored and enforced in peacetime, while conflict situations lead to some of the worst environmental harms which are often neglected in the face of other wartime atrocities.
Many states, as well as NGOs, lawyers, academics, scientists, grassroots movements and a growing number of networks within the corporate and finance sectors are speaking out in support of stronger legal frameworks and accountability.
In particular, the legal recognition of “ecocide” (severe and either widespread or long-term harm to ecosystems) as a crime at the international level could go a long way to shifting attitudes and guiding behaviour with regard to threats of severe pollution to the Earth’s most vital ecosystems and endangered/keystone species.
- Andrés Ingi Jónsson
Member of Icelandic Parliament (Pirate Party)
- Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir
Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) Ambassador, Club of Rome member, Distinguished Fellow Schumacher Institute, Professor of Sustainability Science, University of Iceland, Stöðvum Vistmorð
- Jojo Mehta
Chair, Stop Ecocide Foundation
- Magnús Hallur Jónsson
- Tova Lindqvist
Co-lead Youth 4 Ecocide Law, Member of the Board, End Ecocide Sweden, Youth adviser/ leading a Nordic and Baltic Youth Council on Climate and Environment.
- Yevheniia Kravchuk
Member of Ukraine Parliament and Ukraine Council of Europe delegation
- Hanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir
Member of Icelandic Parliament, Member of Nordic Council
- Pella Thiel
Author & Founder, End Ecocide Sweden