There could be new international law to make ecocide crime. Ecocide is destruction of world's ecosystems. Lawyers across the globe are drafting proposal to make ecocide crime, similar to crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. A professor from University College London (UCL) and former judge at 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 Maldives. UK politician called for ecocide to be incorporated into law.
UCL professor spoke about need for ecocide to be made illegal and said " time is right" to use power of international criminal law to protect our environment. He wants laws to hold governments and multi-national corporations accountable for their environmental damage. Stop Ecocide Foundation said: "In most cases ecocide is likely to be corporate crime." It added that ecocide involved "mass, systematic or widespread destruction. It said: "We are probably talking about Amazon deforestation on huge scale, deep sea-bottom trawling or oil spills."