The Reading / Listening - Ecocide - Level 6

There could be a new law on the international statute books. Lawyers across the globe are drafting regulations to make ecocide a crime. Ecocide is the destruction of the world's ecosystems. Lawyers want to make it a legally enforceable crime, much like crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. The initiative is being led by a professor from University College London (UCL) and a former judge at the International Criminal Court. It has attracted support from several European countries, notably France and Belgium. Island nations at risk from rising sea levels, such as Vanuatu and the Maldives, have voiced their support. A politician in the UK has called for ecocide to be incorporated into law.



Professor Philippe Sands of UCL spoke about why there is a need for ecocide to be made illegal. He said: "The time is right to harness the power of international criminal law to protect our global environment." He wants the law to hold governments and multi-national corporations accountable for the environmental damage they cause. The Stop Ecocide Foundation said: "In most cases ecocide is likely to be a corporate crime." It outlined the scale of destruction that would require an ecocide law being used. It said: "It would have to involve mass, systematic or widespread destruction. 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 easier levels:

    Ecocide - Level 4  or  Ecocide - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. ECOCIDE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about ecocide. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       law / international / statute / globe / destruction / ecosystem / at risk / sea levels /
       ecocide / power / criminal / corporations / corporate / Amazon / deforestation / oil
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. CRIME: Students A strongly believe ecocide should be made a highly punishable crime; Students B strongly believe otherwise. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. INTERNATIONAL CRIMES: How serious are these international crimes? How can we stop them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Serious?

How Can We Stop Them?

Ecocide

 

 

Genocide

 

 

War crimes

 

 

Crimes against humanity

 

 

Terrorism

 

 

Cybercrime

 

 

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5. LAW: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "law". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Deforestation
  • Overfishing
  • Oil spills
  • Acid rain
  • Loss of biodiversity
  • Water pollution
  • Desertification
  • Climate change

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. statute a. A written law passed by a legislative body.
      2. drafting b. An act or strategy intended to resolve a difficulty or improve a situation; a fresh approach to something.
      3. regulation c. Preparing a preliminary version of a text, report, law, etc.
      4. destruction d. About a law, rule, or obligation being able to be imposed so that it must be complied with.
      5. enforceable e. A rule or directive made and maintained by an authority.
      6. initiative f. The action or process of causing so much damage to something that it no longer exists or cannot be repaired.
      7. voiced g. Expressed an attitude or opinion.

    Paragraph 2

      8. harness h. Relating to, done by, or affecting large numbers of people or things.
      9. accountable i. The full range of different levels of people or things, from the lowest to the highest.
      10. corporate j. Control and make use of natural resources, especially to produce energy.
      11. scale k. An act of fishing in a boat with a very large net.
      12. mass l. Of a person, organization, or institution required or expected to justify actions or decisions; responsible.
      13. trawling m. Instances of liquids (e.g. oil) coming out of something and going into a river, sea or other place.
      14. spills n. Relating to a corporation, especially a large company or group.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A new law on the environment has been passed into the statute books.   T / F
  2. Lawyers want ecocide to be a crime like genocide.     T / F
  3. The ecocide initiative is being led by a group of environmentalists.     T / F
  4. Vanuatu and the Maldives backed the new ecocide law.     T / F
  5. A professor said now was not the time to incorporate ecocide into law.     T / F
  6. The professor wants to hold governments accountable for ecocide.     T / F
  7. An ecocide foundation said most ecocide is caused by corporations.     T / F
  8. The foundation highlighted oil spills and deep-sea trawling.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. statute
  2. globe
  3. initiative
  4. attracted
  5. voiced
  6. harness
  7. accountable
  8. outlined
  9. destruction
  10. scale
  1. proposal
  2. won over
  3. responsible
  4. law
  5. devastation
  6. extent
  7. expressed
  8. exploit
  9. defined
  10. planet

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. There could be a new law on the international
  2. Lawyers across the globe are
  3. Ecocide is the destruction of the
  4. Lawyers want to make it a legally
  5. Island nations at risk from
  6. The time is right to harness
  7. hold governments and multi-national corporations
  8. In most cases ecocide is likely to be a
  9. mass, systematic or widespread
  10. Amazon deforestation on
  1. a huge scale
  2. enforceable crime
  3. accountable
  4. world's ecosystems
  5. the power
  6. destruction
  7. statute books
  8. rising sea levels
  9. corporate crime
  10. drafting regulations

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
enforceable
former
risk
statute
drafting
voiced
genocide
several

There could be a new law on the international (1) _____________________ books. Lawyers across the globe are (2) _____________________ regulations to make ecocide a crime. Ecocide is the destruction of the world's ecosystems. Lawyers want to make it a legally (3) _____________________ crime, much like crimes against humanity, war crimes and (4) _____________________. The initiative is being led by a professor from University College London (UCL) and a (5) _____________________ judge at the International Criminal Court. It has attracted support from (6) _____________________ European countries, notably France and Belgium. Island nations at (7) _____________________ from rising sea levels, such as Vanuatu and the Maldives, have (8) _____________________ their support. A politician in the UK has called for ecocide to be incorporated into law.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
hold
corporate
mass
power
trawling
accountable
illegal
require

Professor Philippe Sands of UCL spoke about why there is a need for ecocide to be made (9) _____________________. He said: "The time is right to harness the (10) _____________________ of international criminal law to protect our global environment." He wants the law to (11) _____________________ governments and multi-national corporations (12) _____________________ for the environmental damage they cause. The Stop Ecocide Foundation said: "In most cases ecocide is likely to be a (13) _____________________ crime." It outlined the scale of destruction that would (14) _____________________ an ecocide law being used. It said: "It would have to involve (15) _____________________, systematic or widespread destruction. We are probably talking about Amazon deforestation on a huge scale, deep sea-bottom (16) _____________________ or oil spills."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  There could be a new law on the international ______
     a.  statue books
     b.  statute books
     c.  stature books
     d.  stat you books
2)  Lawyers want to make it a legally ______
     a.  in force able crime
     b.  in fours cable crime
     c.  enforceable crime
     d.  info cable crime
3)  attracted support from several European countries, ______
     a.  note ably France
     b.  note a bee France
     c.  no table France
     d.  notably France
4)  rising sea levels, such as Vanuatu and the Maldives, have ______
     a.  voiced their support
     b.  voices their support
     c.  voicing their support
     d.  voice their support
5)  A politician in the UK has called for ecocide to be ______
     a.  incorporate it into law
     b.  incorporated into law
     c.  incorporate into law
     d.  incorporates into law

6)  to be made illegal. He said: "The time is right to ______."
     a.  finesse the power
     b.  harness the power
     c.  largesse the power
     d.  harvest the power
7)  The Stop Ecocide Foundation said: "In most cases ecocide is likely to be ______."
     a.  a call pirate crime
     b.  a core pirate crime
     c.  acre pirate crime
     d.  a corporate crime
8)  It outlined the scale of destruction that would ______ law
     a.  require an ecocide
     b.  requires an ecocide
     c.  required an ecocide
     d.  requiring an ecocide
9)  It would have to involve mass, systematic or ______
     a.  widely spread destruction
     b.  width spread destruction
     c.  widen spread destruction
     d.  widespread destruction
10)  Amazon deforestation on a huge scale, deep sea-bottom trawling ______
     a.  or all spills
     b.  or roil spills
     c.  or oil spills
     d.  or ail spills

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There could be a new law on the (1) ____________________. Lawyers across the globe are drafting regulations to make ecocide a crime. Ecocide is the destruction of the world's ecosystems. Lawyers want to make it (2) ____________________ crime, much like crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. The (3) ____________________ led by a professor from University College London (UCL) and a (4) ____________________ the International Criminal Court. It has attracted support from several European countries, notably France and Belgium. Island nations at risk from rising sea levels, such as Vanuatu and the Maldives, have (5) ____________________. A politician in the UK has called for ecocide to be (6) ____________________.

Professor Philippe Sands of UCL spoke about why there is a need for ecocide to be made illegal. He said: "The time is (7) ____________________ the power of international criminal law to protect our global environment." He wants the (8) ____________________ governments and multi-national corporations accountable for the environmental damage they cause. The Stop Ecocide Foundation said: "(9) ____________________ ecocide is likely to be a corporate crime." It (10) ____________________ of destruction that would require an ecocide law being used. It said: "It would have (11) ____________________, systematic or widespread destruction. We are probably talking about Amazon deforestation on a huge scale, deep sea-bottom (12) ____________________ spills."

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of books might the new law be on?
  2. What does the article say lawyers are drafting?
  3. Where did the judge behind the initiative used to work?
  4. Which two island nations have backed the initiative?
  5. Who called for ecocide to be incorporated into law?
  6. What did a professor say was right to harness the power of criminal law?
  7. Who does the professor want to hold accountable besides governments?
  8. What kind of crime did a foundation say ecocide was most of the time?
  9. What kind of destruction did the foundation say ecocide involved?
  10. What did the foundation say would take place on a large scale?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of books might the new law be on?
a) encyclopaedia
b) online books
c) the statute books
d) hardback books
2) What does the article say lawyers are drafting?
a) regulations
b) draughts
c) punishments
d) fines
3) Where did the judge behind the initiative used to work?
a) McDonald's
b) Greenpeace
c) the WHO
d) the International Criminal Court
4) Which two island nations have backed the initiative?
a) the UK and Fiji
b) Vanuatu and the Maldives
c) Japan and Sri Lanka
d) Madagascar and the Seychelles
5) Who called for ecocide to be incorporated into law?
a) a Hollywood actor
b) an environmentalist
c) A UK politician
d) a multi-national CEO

6) What did a professor say was right to harness the power of criminal law?
a) duty
b) time
c) history
d) the conditions
7) Who does the professor want to hold accountable besides governments?
a) loggers
b) all of us
c) the fishing industry
d) multi-national corporations
8) What kind of crime did a foundation say ecocide was most of the time?
a) a crime against humanity
b) a corporate crime
c) a heinous crime
d) a petty crime
9) What kind of destruction did the foundation say ecocide involved?
a) mass, systematic or widespread destruction
b) minor destruction
c) lasting and irreversible destruction
d) destruction to the biosphere
10) What did the foundation say would take place on a large scale?
a) logging
b) desertification
c) overfishing
d) Amazon deforestation

Role play

Role  A – Deforestation
You think deforestation is the biggest threat to the environment. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their threats aren't as serious. Also, tell the others which is the least serious of these (and why): overfishing, water pollution or biodiversity loss.

Role  B – Overfishing
You think overfishing is the biggest threat to the environment. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their threats aren't as serious. Also, tell the others which is the least serious of these (and why): deforestation, water pollution or biodiversity loss.

Role  C – Water Pollution
You think water pollution is the biggest threat to the environment. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their threats aren't as serious. Also, tell the others which is the least serious of these (and why): overfishing, deforestation or biodiversity loss.

Role  D – Biodiversity Loss
You think biodiversity loss is the biggest threat to the environment. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their threats aren't as serious. Also, tell the others which is the least serious of these (and why): overfishing, water pollution or deforestation.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'crime'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'ecosystem'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • statute
    • drafting
    • war
    • judge
    • notably
    • voiced
    • need
    • power
    • hold
    • likely
    • mass
    • deep




    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 - Ecocide

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'crime'?
    3. How worried are you about our planet's environment?
    4. What do you think of ecocide becoming a crime?
    5. Who are those most responsible for ecocide?
    6. How does ecocide compare to crimes against humanity?
    7. What environmental destruction most concerns you?
    8. Should ecocide be made into law?
    9. In what way has the environment in your country been destroyed?
    10. Why isn't ecocide already a crime?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'ecosystem'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How successful do you think an ecocide law would be?
    5. What do you want to see done about environmental protection?
    6. What punishments should countries receive for ecocide?
    7. Should we boycott companies that are guilty of ecocide?
    8. How damaging is deforestation?
    9. What do you know about deep-sea trawling?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the lawyers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    There could be a new law (1) ____ the international statute books. Lawyers across the globe are (2) ____ regulations to make ecocide a crime. Ecocide is the destruction of the world's ecosystems. Lawyers want to (3) ____ it a legally enforceable crime, much like crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. The initiative is being led by a professor from University College London (UCL) and a (4) ____ judge at the International Criminal Court. It has attracted support from several European countries, (5) ____ France and Belgium. Island nations at risk from rising sea levels, such as Vanuatu and the Maldives, have (6) ____ their support. A politician in the UK has called for ecocide to be incorporated into law.

    Professor Philippe Sands of UCL spoke about why there is a (7) ____ for ecocide to be made illegal. He said: "The time is right to (8) ____ the power of international criminal law to protect our global environment." He wants the law to (9) ____ governments and multi-national corporations accountable for the environmental damage they cause. The Stop Ecocide Foundation said: "In most cases ecocide is (10) ____ to be a corporate crime." It outlined the scale of destruction that would require an ecocide law being used. It said: "It would have to involve (11) ____, systematic or widespread destruction. We are probably talking about Amazon deforestation on a huge scale, deep sea bottom (12) ____ or oil spills."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     as     (d)     to    
    2. (a)     draughty     (b)     drifting     (c)     drafting     (d)     rafting    
    3. (a)     have     (b)     do     (c)     make     (d)     legal    
    4. (a)     framer     (b)     firmer     (c)     farmer     (d)     former    
    5. (a)     notably     (b)     rightly     (c)     regrettably     (d)     simply    
    6. (a)     shouted     (b)     voiced     (c)     whispered     (d)     foretold    
    7. (a)     needing     (b)     needy     (c)     necessary     (d)     need    
    8. (a)     finesse     (b)     harness     (c)     largesse     (d)     digress    
    9. (a)     grasp     (b)     hold     (c)     clutch     (d)     take    
    10. (a)     likely     (b)     liked     (c)     liking     (d)     likelihood    
    11. (a)     massively     (b)     massing     (c)     amass     (d)     mass    
    12. (a)     brawling     (b)     trawling     (c)     drawling     (d)     crawling

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. the international tatuste books
    2. a legally noreceaflbe crime
    3. war crimes and ngcoeide
    4. The niiitative is being led by a professor
    5. otanlby France and Belgium
    6. ecocide to be oiorprntaced into law

    Paragraph 2

    1. nraehss the power
    2. coutnaaclbe for the environmental damage
    3. rcropaote crime
    4. It ulonited the scale
    5. systematic or widespread ustdetcrion
    6. deep sea-bottom rawlitng

    Put the text back together

    (...)  crime." It outlined the scale of destruction that would require an ecocide law being
    (...)  ecosystems. Lawyers want to make it a legally enforceable crime, much like crimes against humanity, war
    (...)  illegal. He said: "The time is right to harness the power of international criminal law to protect our global
    (...)  used. It said: "It would have to involve mass, systematic or widespread destruction. We are probably talking
    (...)  regulations to make ecocide a crime. Ecocide is the destruction of the world's
    (...)  judge at the International Criminal Court. It has attracted support from several European countries,
    (...)  Professor Philippe Sands of UCL spoke about why there is a need for ecocide to be made
    (...)  notably France and Belgium. Island nations at risk from rising sea levels, such as Vanuatu and the Maldives, have voiced
    (...)  their support. A politician in the UK has called for ecocide to be incorporated into law.
    1  ) There could be a new law on the international statute books. Lawyers across the globe are drafting
    (...)  about Amazon deforestation on a huge scale, deep sea-bottom trawling or oil spills."
    (...)  cause. The Stop Ecocide Foundation said: "In most cases ecocide is likely to be a corporate
    (...)  crimes and genocide. The initiative is being led by a professor from University College London (UCL) and a former
    (...)  environment." He wants the law to hold governments and multi-national corporations accountable for the environmental damage they

    Put the words in the right order

    1. international   A   on   law   the   new   statute   books   .
    2. across   globe   the   Lawyers   are   drafting   regulations   .
    3. want   make   to   Lawyers   it   legally   enforceable   .
    4. has   attracted   support   from   several   It   European   countries   .
    5. for   to   Called   incorporated   be   ecocide   into   law   .
    6. need   to   ecocide   for   be   A   made   illegal   .
    7. law   the   He   to   wants   governments   hold   accountable   .
    8. likely   Ecocide   be   to   is   a   corporate   crime   .
    9. that   would   require   Destruction   ecocide   an   law   .
    10. probably   We   about   talking   are   Amazon   deforestation   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    There could be a new law / legal on the international statute books. Lawyers across the globe are draughty / drafting regulations to make ecocide a crime. Ecocide is the destruction of the world's ecosystems. Lawyers want to make it a legally / legalised enforceable crime, much like crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocidal / genocide. The initiative is being led / bled by a professor from University College London (UCL) and a former / firmer judge at the International Criminal Court. It has detracted / attracted support from several European countries, notably / regrettably France and Belgium. Island nations to / at risk from rising sea levels, such as Vanuatu and the Maldives, have voiced their support. A politician in the UK has called for ecocide to be incorporated into / onto law.

    Professor Philippe Sands of UCL spoke about what / why there is a need for ecocide to be made / done illegal. He said: "The time is rightly / right to harness the power of international criminal law for / to protect our global environment." He wants the law to hold / grasp governments and multi-national corporations accountable for the environmental damage they clause / cause. The Stop Ecocide Foundation said: "In most cases ecocide is likely to be a corporate crime." It inlined / outlined the scale of destruction that would require an ecocide law being uses / used. It said: "It would have to involve mass / massed, systematic or widespread destruction. We are probably talking about Amazon deforestation on a huge scale, deep sea-bottom trawling or oil spill / spills."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Pr_f_ss_r  Ph_l_pp_  S_nds  _f  _CL  sp_k_  _b__t  why  th_r_  _s  _  n__d  f_r  _c_c_d_  t_  b_  m_d_  _ll_g_l.  H_  s__d:  "Th_  t_m_  _s  r_ght  t_  h_rn_ss  th_  p_w_r  _f  _nt_rn_t__n_l  cr_m_n_l  l_w  t_  pr_t_ct  __r  gl_b_l  _nv_r_nm_nt."  H_  w_nts  th_  l_w  t_  h_ld  g_v_rnm_nts  _nd  m_lt_-n_t__n_l  c_rp_r_t__ns  _cc__nt_bl_  f_r  th_  _nv_r_nm_nt_l  d_m_g_  th_y  c__s_.  Th_  St_p  _c_c_d_  F__nd_t__n  s__d:  "_n  m_st  c_s_s  _c_c_d_  _s  l_k_ly  t_  b_  _  c_rp_r_t_  cr_m_."  _t  __tl_n_d  th_  sc_l_  _f  d_str_ct__n  th_t  w__ld  r_q__r_  _n  _c_c_d_  l_w  b__ng  _s_d.  _t  s__d:  "_t  w__ld  h_v_  t_  _nv_lv_  m_ss,  syst_m_t_c  _r  w_d_spr__d  d_str_ct__n.  W_  _r_  pr_b_bly  t_lk_ng  _b__t  _m_z_n  d_f_r_st_t__n  _n  _  h_g_  sc_l_,  d__p  s__  b_tt_m  tr_wl_ng  _r  __l  sp_lls."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    there could be a new law on the international statute books. lawyers across the globe are drafting regulations to make ecocide a crime. ecocide is the destruction of the world's ecosystems. lawyers want to make it a legally enforceable crime, much like crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. the initiative is being led by a professor from university college london (ucl) and a former judge at the international criminal court. it has attracted support from several european countries, notably france and belgium. island nations at risk from rising sea levels, such as vanuatu and the maldives, have voiced their support. a politician in the uk has called for ecocide to be incorporated into law.

    professor philippe sands of ucl spoke about why there is a need for ecocide to be made illegal. he said: "the time is right to harness the power of international criminal law to protect our global environment." he wants the law to hold governments and multi-national corporations accountable for the environmental damage they cause. the stop ecocide foundation said: "in most cases ecocide is likely to be a corporate crime." it outlined the scale of destruction that would require an ecocide law being used. it said: "it would have to involve mass, systematic or widespread destruction. we are probably talking about amazon deforestation on a huge scale, deep sea-bottom trawling or oil spills

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Therecouldbeanewlawontheinternationalstatutebooks.Lawyersacro
    sstheglobearedraftingregulationstomakeecocideacrime.Ecocideisth
    edestructionoftheworld'secosystems.Lawyerswanttomakeitalegally
    enforceablecrime,muchlikecrimesagainsthumanity,warcrimesandg
    enocide.TheinitiativeisbeingledbyaprofessorfromUniversityCollege
    London(UCL)andaformerjudgeattheInternationalCriminalCourt.Ith
    asattractedsupportfromseveralEuropeancountries,notablyFrancea
    ndBelgium.Islandnationsatriskfromrisingsealevels,suchasVanuatu
    andtheMaldives,havevoicedtheirsupport.ApoliticianintheUKhascall
    edforecocidetobeincorporatedintolaw.ProfessorPhilippeSandsofUCL
    spokeaboutwhythereisaneedforecocidetobemadeillegal.Hesaid:"Th
    etimeisrighttoharnessthepowerofinternationalcriminallawtoprotect
    ourglobalenvironment."Hewantsthelawtoholdgovernmentsandmult
    i-nationalcorporationsaccountablefortheenvironmentaldamagethe
    ycause.TheStopEcocideFoundationsaid:"Inmostcasesecocideislikel
    ytobeacorporatecrime."Itoutlinedthescaleofdestructionthatwouldre
    quireanecocidelawbeingused.Itsaid:"Itwouldhavetoinvolvemass,sy
    stematicorwidespreaddestruction.WeareprobablytalkingaboutAma
    zondeforestationonahugescale,deepsea-bottomtrawlingoroilspills."

    Free writing

    Write about ecocide for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Ecocide should be made a crime and be subject to severe punishments. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. ECOCIDE: Make a poster about ecocide. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PUNISHMENT: Write a magazine article about there being extremely harsh punishments for government and corporate leaders committing ecocide. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on ecocide. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on making ecocide an international crime. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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