I am a qualified lawyer who cares about the way we treat our environment and one another.
It was because I was concerned with how we were damaging our environment and the sense that the law had to be doing more to protect it that led me to join a legal group in 2010, now called Wild Law Uk whose membership is open to everyone. It had a new legal approach to how this could be done.
They hold to the concepts as written in the book of the same name ('Wild Law') by Cormac Cullinan, a South African environmental lawyer that weaves beautifully philosophy, history and scientific facts in explaining why we clearly need a new legal framework and how this can look - a new kind of law that takes us with our environment together into consideration.
This was also the springboard of lawyer Polly Higgins' proposition that a new law should be accepted as the 5th International Crime Against Peace - the law of Ecocide. An international law that outlaws damage caused to large areas of land -typically committed by companies and corporations. A law that places an international blanket ban on the significant damage caused to our environment and a real chance to halt and turn around the climate crisis that we are facing in our lifetime and our children's lifetimes.
As soon as I came into contact with this I immediately realised two things:
1) that what was being stated was extremely valid in our predicament of climate change and
2) these ideas needed to be placed before the world as part of the step to help change the law.
I decided that we would need a documentary and fortunately a host of professionals and experts have stepped forward to be interviewed. These include Michael Mansfield QC, Cormac Cullinan, Polly Higgins (lawyer, proponent of Ecocide to become the 5th International Crime Against Peace, expert Wild Lawyer Ian Mason, Fred Pearce (journalist, author and Environment Consultant of New Scientist magazine) and author of 'Sacred Economics' Charles Eisenstein.
This is a thorough documentary that examines why we must change our laws to accept Ecocide as the 5th International Crime Against Peace and / or incorporate legal rights for nature.
The documentary will be screened at the Curzon Cinema in Soho, London before the media and then released on YouTube, social media and networks and other documentary databases for mass viewing.
Although a university is assisting in the filming and editing of this documentary, there re still costs. We are seeking at least £1,500 through this site although the more we can get the better and we are applying for funding from elsewhere. Please donate generously to help make this documentary possible and bring us a little closer to creating greater protection for our environment and all our lives on this planet. Climate change will affect food and water supplies and where we live adversely in the years to come possibly for ourselves but certainly for our children and grandchildren. We need to act now to begin making the necessary changes to lessen its impact.