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The Rome Statute
The Rome Statute (the governing document for the International Criminal Court) is one of the most powerful legal documents in the world, assigning “the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole”, over and above all other laws. Crimes that already exist within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court are known collectively as Crimes Against Peace.
Why is ecocide crime required?
Ecocide is a crime against the living natural world – ecosystem loss, damage or destruction is occurring every day; for instance, the Athabasca Tar Sands. Ecocide is a crime against the Earth, not just humans. Further, ecocide can also be climate crime: dangerous industrial activity causes climate ecocide. Currently there is a missing responsibility to protect. Unlike crimes against humanity, ecocide has severe impact on inhabitants, not just humans. Thus, what is required is the expansion of our collective duty of care to protect the natural living world and all life. International ecocide crime is a law to protect the Earth.