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Proposal ID1110
Proposal2022 Platform Amendment: Chapter III, Section N, International Policy - add Crime of Ecocide
PresenterPlatform Committee Sponsor: Green Party of Michigan
Floor ManagerAhmed Eltouny
Discussion09/19/2022 - 10/16/2022
Voting10/17/2022 - 10/23/2022
Presens Quorum32 0.6666
Consens Quorum59 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes


Defining, establishing, and enforcing an international crime of “ecocide” so as to deter or prevent such actions, clearly relates to a number of Key Values — Ecological Wisdom first and foremost. Accordingly, it is appropriate for GPUS to include language in its platform supporting a serious effort to do this. On the other hand, such an effort will face serious opposition including attempts to undermine the effectiveness and implementation of the statute — so any GPUS position statement must call for strong language and resist its weakening.


Amend Chapter III Ecological Sustainability, Section N. International Environmental Policy, to add the following new paragraph at the end of the section:

"GPUS supports the addition of the crime of ecocide to the Rome Statute which created and empowers the International Criminal Court. The definition drafted by a team of lawyers commissioned by the Stop Ecocide Foundation should be taken as a starting point, with refinements added to hold corporations and governments accountable for ecocide committed by their individual agents. GPUS calls on the US and the international community to adopt and enforce strong language on defining ecocide, and vigorous and comprehensive enforcement of that language."


Approval of this proposal will amend the 2020 GPUS Platform.

Green Party of Michigan; co-chairs: Tom Mair , Amanda Slepr (both can also be reached via

Author: John Anthony La Pietra,


The definition drafted by the panel of international attorneys commissioned by the Stop Ecocide Foundation (online at SE+Foundation+Commentary+and+core+text+rev+6.pdf) reads:

Article 8 ter


  For the purpose of this Statute, “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. 2. For the purpose of paragraph 1:

  “Wanton” means with reckless disregard for damage which would be clearly excessive in relation to the social and economic benefits anticipated;
  “Severe” means damage which involves very serious adverse changes, disruption or harm to any element of the environment, including grave impacts on human life or natural, cultural or economic resources;
  “Widespread” means damage which extends beyond a limited geographic area, crosses state boundaries, or is suffered by an entire ecosystem or species or a large number of human beings;
  “Long-term” means damage which is irreversible or which cannot be redressed through natural recovery within a reasonable period of time;
  “Environment” means the earth, its biosphere, cryosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere, as well as outer space.

NOTE: “ter” is a term used in Europe to indicate a third section of a legal document. It is apparently from the French “tertiaire” (compare English “tertiary”). According to the Stop Ecocide Foundation which commissioned the new definition, there is already a chapter 8 (defining War Crimes) and a chapter 8 bis = “repeated”, “improved”, or “encore”/”again” (defining the Crime of Aggression) – and a definition for ecocide would become 8 ter. See also the relevant links on “ter” and “bis” in the References section below.

So “Chapter 8 ter” may mean “Chapter 8c” (or maybe “8b” if there’s a plain 8) — and “paragraph 2 bis” would then mean “paragraph 2b (or 2a)”. This would appear to be legal French, with the abbreviations derived from “bis” = “repeated”, “improved”, or “encore”/”again” — and more simply “tertiaire” = “third”.}


* “Independent Expert Panel for the Legal Definition of Ecocide: COMMENTARY AND CORE TEXT”, Stop Ecocide Foundation, June 2021 SE+Foundation+Commentary+and+core+text+rev+6.pdf

* ” ‘Historic Moment’: ‘Ecocide’ Definition Unveiled by International Lawyers”

* Log of GPMI State Central Committee 2021 proposals (posted online at the SCC’s private Files page; printable version attached):

* Link explaining “ter” (and “bis")

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