St Mark’s member Niall Urquhart lit our Chalice on 28 April with these words in memory of Polly Higgins who died on 21 April, and to affirm the need to carry on the work to which she dedicated her life - the struggle to have ecocide accepted as a crime under international law.
In the 1970s, following the Vietnam War, there were calls for ecocide, the mass damage and destruction of the Earth, to become a crime under international law and for the creation of a legal duty of care for all inhabitants that have been or are at risk of being significantly harmed due to ecocide.
It is now becoming increasingly evident that the greatest threat to all life on earth is the threat of ecocide. We are reminded of the fatal impacts of climate change and environmental destruction on an almost daily basis. The need for a legal duty of care for the earth and its inhabitants has never been clearer.