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“The rules of our world are laws, and they can be changed. Laws can restrict or they can enable. 

What matters is what they serve. Many of the laws in our world serve property –

 they are based on ownership. But imagine a law that has a higher moral authority a law that puts people 

and planet first. Imagine a law that starts from first do no harm, that stops this dangerous game and 

takes us to a place of safety….” Polly Higgins, 2015  

“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. 

Legal definition of ecocide drafted by Independent Expert Panel — Stop Ecocide International 

Dear [elected representative ] 

Support making ECOCIDE an international crime  

Mass damage and destruction of ecosystems (ECOCIDE), committed over decades and permitted by law, has led to global climate and ecological crisis. 

Treaties, agreements and civil lawsuits have all failed to prevent this. 

It is time to change the rules. 

Amending the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to include ECOCIDE as a CRIME – alongside genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity – can provide a simple, effective deterrent for those in positions of responsibility, enforceable within existing criminal justice systems.  

Please convey my request to the Minister of Justice, Minister of Foreign Affairs [or equivalents in your country] and the Prime Minister/President [as appropriate] for the government to publicly declare support for such an amendment, in the knowledge that many countries must stand together to put this law in place for the long-term protection of all life on Earth. 

As your constituent, I look forward to your confirmation in writing that you have done this on my behalf. 


Can Mother challenge extremism

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Edit SchafflerThe world community is stunned how geographical areas dissolve caused by the territorial gains of the IS (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant). In spite of military threats, drones and military professionals the situation is not stabilizing. Edit Schlaffer, – Women without Borders -, recalls that who are directly on the front are the mothers whose children left for Syria. Schlaffer points out that women have the most impact on their families and communities. This growing group of women, – labeled as “Jihadi mothers”-, break through their invisibility by supporting and strengthening other women in the same situation. The goal is to discourage children to fraternize with Jidahists and to make the terrible decision to go to Syria. Edit Schaffler is providing their experience, knowledge and platform “Women without Borders” – – to achieve this goal. For her work Edit Schlaffer was awarded the Soroptimist International of Europe Peace Prize 2015 at the Soroptimist International Convention in Istanbul.

Roland Leithenmayr