Ecocide could become an international crime

There could be a new law to make ecocide a crime. Ecocide is the destruction of the world's ecosystems. Lawyers are proposing to make ecocide a crime like those of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. A university professor and a former judge at the International Criminal Court are leading this plan. Several European countries and island nations at risk from rising sea levels support it. A UK politician said ecocide should be a crime.

A professor spoke about the time being right to use the power of international criminal law to protect our environment. He wants to hold governments and multi-national corporations accountable for their environmental damage. An ecocide foundation said: "In most cases ecocide is likely to be a corporate crime." It added that ecocide involved "mass, systematic or widespread destruction.… Amazon deforestation on a huge scale."