102. Jojo Mehta: Making change through policy and law

Access to Inspiration

21-06-2023 • 30 mins

Sue Stockdale interviews Jojo Mehta, the co-founder and executive director of Stop Ecocide International who talks about the organisations mission of advocating for the criminalisation of ecocide and make the destruction of nature a global crime.

Jojo Mehta co-founded Stop Ecocide in 2017, alongside barrister and legal pioneer the late Polly Higgins, to support the establishment of ecocide as a crime at the International Criminal Court. The core work to make ecocide an international crime at the international criminal court, is supported and progressed by a large network of over 45 teams and associate groups globally. There are over 50,000 endorsing signatories across civil society and faith groups, and a growing number of endorsing businesses and organisations.

Jojo is Chair of the charitable Stop Ecocide Foundation and convenor of the Independent Expert Panel for the Legal Definition of Ecocide chaired by Philippe Sands QC and Dior Fall Sow. She is a graduate of Oxford and London universities and has a background in communications, entrepreneurship and environmental campaigning.

Connect with JoJo Mehta on Linked In and Twitter and the Stop Ecocide Campaign

Key Quotes
  • "Ecocide is making mass destruction of nature a crime at the international level."
  • “So it's literally to kill one's home."
  • “What I think is so important is that people need to see hope."
  • "I don't know anyone that has got into kind of making change in the world or activism in any way without it beginning in some form with outrage."
  • "I think it's that combination of what is the thing you're outraged about and what is the thing you love doing and how do you put those together?"
  • “We've had agricultural companies say to us that we don't necessarily tick all our regulatory boxes because we know nobody's checking and it's cheaper not to."

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