'Ecocide' May Be New Tool For Fighting Environmental Crime

By Josef Rybacki (August 25, 2021, 3:34 PM EDT) -- 2021 has not been a vintage year for the environment. The climate crisis — a problem that once took the form of abstract temperature charts and projections — is now a dizzying parade of broken meteorological records and natural disasters.

It therefore seemed like apt timing when, in June, the Stop Ecocide Foundation, or SEF, released its definition of the crime of "ecocide."[1]

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, or ICC, currently defines four crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression. The SEF is a nongovernmental organization that advocates for amending the statute to add...

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