50% of my salary is gone to Ecocide Is A Crime Trial
I don’t usually post here about other campaigns or activities that are not directly related to FOOD from the SKY. Well in a way this is connected as I just have given to what seems a CRUCIAL event 50% of my salary today to make sure this happens and that Ecocide becomes a crime in the eyes of the law. I know that these people are genuine, some are my friends. I ask you please to read carefully and give what you can for this Ecocide Is A Crime Trial. Thank you. Azul
“Once upon a time people did grievous harm to the environment without fully understanding the consequences of their actions. That defence is no longer available, and that sure knowledge we now have entails equally sure moral obligations. In this context, the idea of establishing the crime of ‘Ecocide’ is both timely and compelling.” Jonathon Porritt, former Chair Sustainable Development Commission
Next June, Heads of State gathering in Rio for Earth Summit 2012 will be asked to endorse Ecocide, the environmental equivalent of genocide, as the 5th International Crime Against Peace alongside Genocide itself, Crimes Against Humanity, Crimes of Aggression and War Crimes.
The case for Ecocide will be presented by British Environmental Lawyer, Polly Higgins who proposes that under the new law Heads of States and Directors of Corporations be required to take individual and personal responsibility for their actions.
On September 30th 2011, London’s Supreme Court of the United Kingdom will be the venue for a Mock Trial, played out as though the crime of Ecocide had already been adopted.
And this is where we need your help.
The case will be based on facts taken from an amalgam of real events. An imaginary Chief Executive will be on trial alongside a fictional Banker charged with aiding and abetting the alleged crime. A Judge will preside over the Court with practicing barristers acting for the Prosecution and the Defence. Expert witnesses, such as Vandana Shiva, one of the world’s leading environmental activists, will provide evidence and a Jury will decide the outcome.
£10,000 is needed towards the costs of the Trial, which will be filmed and streamed live. Footage from the trial, the deliberations of the jury, together with interviews with the expert witnesses on both sides, will be edited and made available to the media, government, businesses and social networks and be used as part of information packs for schools, universities and business schools.
The Trial is designed by The Hamilton Group to get Ecocide debated as widely as possible before the Earth Summit where Polly Higgins has been invited to present her proposals in person to the Heads of State and delegates.
Polly defines Ecocide as the “mass damage, destruction to or loss of ecosystems of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished.”
But what will this mean in practice? Is it legally possible? Will it have more negative effects than positive? Would the Alberta Tar Sands mining, destruction of the Amazon rainforest or oil spills be classed as Ecocide? Who would be the individuals prosecuted under this proposed law? Would Banks be culpable as well if they provide funding for activities prosecuted under Ecocide? In reality, what effect would the law have on the environment and businesses and the people who run them?
It is argued that the Law of Ecocide is a key law to address humanitarian and environmental issues on a global scale. Implementation of the Law at the 2012 Earth Summit would change inter-governmental policy and action on climate change, provide the necessary legal framework to help pre-empt the energy crunch and halt the over – exploitation of natural resources.
We hope that you will agree with us about the importance of disseminating the arguments and will want to help bring this debate to a much wider audience. Any amount you can give is very much appreciated.
For funders wishing to donate more than £500, as well as the Rewards listed, the highest individual funder will receive 2 reserved seats at the Trial
Simon Hamilton, Fiona Hayes, everyone involved in The Ecocide Trial and The Hamilton Group.
For more information on Ecocide see: www.thisisecocide.com
The Hamilton Group is using the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in London as the venue. This in no way implies endorsement by the Supreme Court of the opinions raised in the trial or the verdict reached by the trial jury.
Thanks to Greenpeace for the use of photos.
About Simon Hamilton and Fiona Hayes, The Hamilton Group
Simon Hamilton. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, he held positions as Financial Accountant, Financial Conroller and Financial Director, set up his own practice and became a Partner in a larger practice. He escaped accountancy to work in the voluntary sector in the 1990′s.
He set up Three Hands (www.threehands.co.uk) in 1998 to find ways to link business, people and communities. Over a few years his work moved from challenging charity events in Uganda, Brazil, Nicaragua, Malawi, Cuba, Belize and the Outer Hebrides, to the development of a new approach to learning and development, employee engagement, community investment and sustainability, designed to create a positive impact on business, its people and society.
In 2010 he left Three Hands and co-founded The Hamilton Group.
He has also run set up and run secondhand bookshops, crewed hot air balloons and spent an unsuccessful time as a waiter.
Fiona Hayes spent many years in coaching and consultancy, working on how organizations and people work most effectively, before taking up the challenge of structuring and implementing an organisational development strategy in a multi billion pound corporate with complex cultural challenges. Working on building a core culture that supports the organisation both internally and externally Fiona emabled the building in of resilience and fluidity, engaging the whole workforce in the direction and working practices, behaviours and behavioural drivers; and mobilising the whole workforce behind purpose and values. Implementing innovative ways of measuring she successfully linked the cultural changes to the bottom line. She has accumulated her skills working in a range of industries including Fitness and Sport, Adult Education, Software Development, Agriculture, Professional Services and Construction Her unique blend of understanding of the power of the mind combined with a highly structured approach to achieving success from creativity has helped hundreds of business leaders to move beyond their limits and towards a greater potential. As chair person of the National Governing Body of Fitness Fiona led a team to pull a fragmented industry together enabling the development of standards, qualifications and practices. During twenty years in the fitness industry Fiona was able to draw upon her background in healthcare, qualifications in behavioural psychology and an understanding of philosophies drawn from all areas of the world to develop a series of unique programmes and methodologies, bringing in a number of new and successful programmes such as periodisation of training which is now an industry standard. Most recently Fiona has been working within national and multinational organisations utilising ‘Integral Theory and Practice’ to affect sustainable change, incorporate cultural differences, and maximise results from management training and leadership coaching.
The Hamilton Group (www.thehamiltongroup.org.uk) is a not-for-profit organisation encouraging businesses, organisations and communities to bring responsibility for the world to the forefront of their decision-making. It has developed an ethos that organisations can adopt to help their thinking and decision making.
“We as individuals, organisations, communities and societies depend on and are an integral part of the natural capital that sustains us all. By ensuring that in all our actions we sustain, care for and balance the diverse needs of people and the biodiversity and ecology of the Earth, we will enable a happier, more just, equal, sustainable and integrated world.”