Climate Consciousness Summit

Jojo Mehta
Co-Founder & Executive Director Stop Ecocide International
A Legal Duty of Care for the Planet – The Power of Criminalizing Ecocide

Highlights from this session:

Jojo highlights the role of criminal law in defining societal norms, and creating a moral stigma against harmful actions. She points out how Ecocide law acts as a kind of a bridging piece within the legal system to reframe the narrative and questions we ask ourselves and to directly affect leaders with superior responsibility at the top of the political and industrial ladder. She also speaks about her own love and connection to the land and how this motivates her to reinforce the clear and simple solution of criminalizing Ecocide which is nowadays already in discussion at parliamentary or government level, in at least 35 countries.

"Environmental destruction will be criminalized soon enough, bringing about a radical cultural shift."

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Jojo Mehta

Jojo Mehta co-founded Stop Ecocide in 2017, alongside legal pioneer the late Polly Higgins, to support recognition of “ecocide” - mass damage and destruction of nature - as a crime at the International Criminal Court.

As key spokesperson and executive director, she has overseen the remarkable growth of the movement while coordinating between legal developments, diplomatic traction and public narrative. Jojo is also Chair of the charitable Stop Ecocide Foundation and convenor of the Independent Expert Panel for the Legal Definition of Ecocide chaired by Philippe Sands KC and Dior Fall Sow.

Stop Ecocide generates fertile collaborations around the globe at every level of society, from diplomats and politicians to lawyers and academics, from corporate influencers to indigenous and faith leaders, NGOs and grassroots campaigns. As a result, legal recognition of ecocide is emerging as a powerful driver of change and a key solution addressing the climate and ecological crisis.

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