Stop the destruction: Make ecocide illegal!

A 20 minute video edit of the Bristol Quaker's Ecocide event is available - please feel free to share.

On a Saturday in September 2023, Friends and friends of Friends gathered at both Redland Meeting House and via Zoom from across the country to face the urgent question: 

How can we stop the destruction of our planet? As we are confronted with endless news about heatwaves, wild fires, floods, droughts, and huge corporations finding ingenious ways of making a profit by destroying nature, it can seem impossible to imagine a solution…

Sue Miller, a lawyer working for Stop Ecocide International, explained why making ecocide (mass destruction of nature) a crime could stop huge corporations from trashing our planet and also deter banks, insurance companies and government officials from enabling this destruction.

Ecocide means unlawful or wanton acts committed with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of severe and either widespread or long-term damage to the environment being caused by those acts
Some notes based on Sue Miller’s speech are available here:

Three short videos were also shown at the event:

Why on Earth is Ecocide not Illegal? made by David George, a film-maker and Quaker

Stop Ecocide made by young film-makers in Cornwall

Faith for Ecocide Law looking at faith initiatives to protect nature.

It is interesting to note that the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) has called for ecocide to be criminalised. The ICGN is led by investors responsible for assets under management of $70 trillion US dollars.

Stop Ecocide International is also supported by Greta Thunberg, who says simply, “We need to change the rules”.



This free event was organised by Hilary Saunders on behalf of Redland Quaker Meeting