Stop Ecocide aims to introduce 'ecocide' into the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court—a statute that already criminalizes genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes of aggression. But what is 'ecocide'? While the term may be unfamiliar, ecocide events like chemical pollution and habitat destruction resonate all too closely. In plain language, ecocide is the deliberate severe, widespread or long-term destruction of the environment.
Dona co-founded the Stop Ecocide Canada branch and has catalyzed national awareness for criminalizing ecocide, engaging MPs and Senators across party lines, and orchestrating two significant events on Parliament Hill, and is the spokesperson for collaborations with Stop Ecocide International branches, sharing insights and coordinating efforts from Canada.
To criminalize ecocide, there must be a clear definition. Darryl was part of a Working Group to create a formal definition for ecocide, in partnership with the UCLA Promise Institute for Human Rights. Darryl’s contributions to the definition have already appeared in draft legislation around the world, including in Brazil, Belgium, and the European Parliament.