The Reading / Listening - Ecocide - Level 5

There could be a new international law to make ecocide a crime. Ecocide is the destruction of the world's ecosystems. Lawyers across the globe are drafting a proposal to make ecocide a crime, similar to crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. A professor from University College London (UCL) and a former judge at the International Criminal Court are leading this initiative. It has attracted support from several European countries, and island nations at risk from rising sea levels, such as the Maldives. A UK politician called for ecocide to be incorporated into law.



A UCL professor spoke about the need for ecocide to be made illegal and said "the time is right" to use the power of international criminal law to protect our environment. He wants laws to hold governments and multi-national corporations accountable for their environmental damage. The Stop Ecocide Foundation said: "In most cases ecocide is likely to be a corporate crime." It added that ecocide involved "mass, systematic or widespread destruction. It said: "We are probably talking about Amazon deforestation on a huge scale, deep sea-bottom trawling or oil spills."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Ecocide - Level 4 or  Ecocide - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/law/2020/nov/30/international-lawyers-draft-plan-to-criminalise-ecosystem-destruction
  • https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/30/end-impunity-deliberate-destruction-planet-international-lawyers-drafting-plan
  • https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/international-lawyers-draft-law-against-environmental-destruction-to-criminalise-ecocide.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Ecocide is the destruction of the
  2. Lawyers across
  3. drafting a proposal to make
  4. crimes against
  5. It has attracted
  6. at risk from
  7. A UK politician called
  8. incorporated into
  1. ecocide a crime
  2. for ecocide
  3. support
  4. law
  5. the globe
  6. world's ecosystems
  7. humanity
  8. rising sea levels

Paragraph 2

  1. the need for ecocide to
  2. the time is
  3. the power of international
  4. ecocide is likely to be
  5. widespread
  6. We are probably talking about
  7. deep sea-bottom
  8. oil
  1. Amazon deforestation
  2. criminal law
  3. spills
  4. be made illegal
  5. trawling
  6. right
  7. destruction
  8. a corporate crime

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There could be a new international (1) ___________________ ecocide a crime. Ecocide is (2) ___________________ the world's ecosystems. Lawyers across the globe are drafting a proposal to make ecocide a crime, (3) ___________________ against humanity, war crimes and genocide. A professor from University College London (UCL) and a (4) ___________________ the International Criminal Court are leading this initiative. It has (5) ___________________ several European countries, and island nations at risk from rising sea levels, such as the Maldives. A UK politician called for ecocide to be (6) ___________________.

A UCL professor spoke about the need for ecocide to (7) ___________________ and said "the time is right" to use the power of international criminal law (8) ___________________ environment. He wants laws to hold governments and multi-national corporations (9) ___________________ environmental damage. The Stop Ecocide Foundation said: "In most cases ecocide is likely to be (10) ___________________." It added that ecocide involved "mass, systematic (11) ___________________. It said: "We are probably talking about Amazon deforestation on a huge scale, deep sea-bottom (12) ___________________ spills."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Therecouldbeanewinternationallawtomakeecocideacrime.Ecocideis
thedestructionoftheworld'secosystems.Lawyersacrosstheglobeare
draftingaproposaltomakeecocideacrime,similartocrimesagainsthu
manity,warcrimesandgenocide.AprofessorfromUniversityCollegeLo
ndon(UCL)andaformerjudgeattheInternationalCriminalCourtarelea
dingthisinitiative.IthasattractedsupportfromseveralEuropeancount
ries,andislandnationsatriskfromrisingsealevels,suchastheMaldives.
AUKpoliticiancalledforecocidetobeincorporatedintolaw.AUCLprofes
sorspokeabouttheneedforecocidetobemadeillegalandsaid"thetimei
sright"tousethepowerofinternationalcriminallawtoprotectourenviro
nment.Hewantslawstoholdgovernmentsandmulti-nationalcorpora
tionsaccountablefortheirenvironmentaldamage.TheStopEcocideFo
undationsaid:"Inmostcasesecocideislikelytobeacorporatecrime."Ita
ddedthatecocideinvolved"mass,systematicorwidespreaddestructio
n.Itsaid:"WeareprobablytalkingaboutAmazondeforestationonahug
escale,deepsea-bottomtrawlingoroilspills."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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