The UK branch of the Pesticide Action Network will be hearing international environmental barrister Polly Higgins talk about Ending the Era of Ecocide on March 30. In 2010, Higgins proposed to the United Nations that ecocide should be recognised as the fifth crime crime against peace, alongside genocide.
Pesticides are playing a significant part in destroying people and planet alike. A new law on ecocide could help to prevent a recurrence of incidents like that which overtook Bhopal, by moving away from business law based on property law to one based on trusteeship. The shift is not difficult one to make, Higgins argues, since the necessary mechanisms are already in place.
The occasion is the 2012 Rachel Carson memorial lecture and is a fundraising event for the Pesticides Action Network. Tickets are £20 (unwaged £12) for the evening, which is a fundraising event for Pesticides Action Network and will include drinks and canapés after the lecture. A booking form can be downloaded here and further details are available from the PAN UK website.