... and this is just the beginning
We add ECOCIDE to the list of international crimes at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Ecocide is serious loss, damage or destruction of ecosystems, and includes climate or cultural damage as well as direct ecological damage.
Establishing a crime of ecocide ensures that persons of superior responsibility - eg CEOs and government ministers - become individually criminally responsible for serious damage which they recklessly cause or contribute to. This puts an end to the state-sanctioned immunity currently enjoyed by industrial polluters.
Any member state, however small, can propose an amendment to the ICC's governing document, the Rome Statute. Once tabled, it cannot be vetoed. When two thirds of ICC members sign up to it, it becomes law.
TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN
UNITING THOSE WHO CARE...
Earth protectors of all ages and walks of life - all those around the world who deeply care about protecting our beautiful Earth - are invited to become signatories to a legal document, the Earth Protectors Trust Fund.
Signing this document and becoming an Earth Protector in law (Trustee of the Earth) is easy and completely free of ongoing obligations or liabilities.
...AND THOSE WHO CAN
Those with the greatest incentive to make this powerful amendment to international criminal law - small island nations at the frontline of pollution-driven climate change - already have the legal ability to do it.
Now, with the Earth Protectors Trust Fund, they have the means.
TOGETHER WITH THE SMALL ISLANDS, WE CAN SAFEGUARD OUR EARTH FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
HOW DOES it WORK?
Watch the animation below for all you need to know in 2.5 minutes, or scroll down for an illustrated summary.
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DISRUPTING THE CYCLE OF HARM
At present, the law permits dangerous industrial activity which we know to be harmful, while criminalising those who stand up to protect the earth and their communities. To disrupt this cycle of harm requires a new law to be put in place, making ecocide a crime.
LAW IS LIKE A PYRAMID
Soft law, like the Paris agreement, is unenforceable. More than 2 decades of climate negotiations have not succeeded in preventing ecocide.
Civil law, where we find most environmental regulation, also does not protect us. It is mainly concerned with ownership rights and commerce and requires a complainant to sue. Suing companies is expensive and difficult. Corporations simply budget for it and continue to pollute.
Only criminal law deals with justice. Under criminal law, individuals of superior responsibility can be prosecuted, creating a genuine deterrent to ecocide - and genuine protection for the Earth and communities.
The Legal Fast Lane
124 nation states are parties to the Rome Statute, the governing document for international criminal law. Any signatory Head of State can propose an amendment - to add Ecocide to the list of international crimes. When two thirds of states sign up, it becomes law. There is no veto, no time limit, and all state parties (however small) have an equal vote. Small, climate vulnerable states therefore have a unique incentive to put forward this amendment. This is the legal fast lane, but it costs money those small states don’t have. But between us, we do.
This is where Mission LifeForce comes in, going beyond a simple crowd fund to create a global trusteeship that transcends borders.
Earth Protectors Trust Fund
A funding document has been created - the Earth Protectors Trust Fund document - which is legally valid across the globe. This enables those gifting funds from anywhere in the world to become legal trustees of the Fund, i.e. Earth Protectors in law. The Trust Fund shall be used to finance the costs of those small nation states with the courage to advance ecocide law at the International Criminal Court.
Protecting the Protectors
The Trust document has an additional benefit.
Because it is legally valid across the globe, wherever activists are arrested they can present it in court as a part of their defence. They can speak out about the ecocide they are facing and why they choose to stand up to it as a conscientious protector. The document creates an opportunity for any judge with a conscience, as they may use it as grounds to acquit. When this starts happening, the Earth Protector's Defence has a precedent, missing law is acknowledged… and a new life-force is unleashed.
And EVERYONE who signs - of any age, in any walk of life, anywhere in the world - will make the platform stronger for those conscientious protectors, because the greater the total number of Earth Protectors in law, the more weight the document has when used in a criminal court.
This is Mission LifeForce
It’s simple and powerful - a legal rebel alliance of Earth Protectors coming together to re-align law with a higher moral code - protecting the earth, protecting our communities, protecting the protectors.
MAY THE LIFEFORCE BE WITH US