Eocide: Should Killing Nature Be a Crime?

Eocide: Should Killing Nature Be a Crime?
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In December 2019, at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Vanuatu's ambassador to the European Union made a radical suggestion: make the destruction of the environment a crime.

Vanuatu is a small island state in the South Pacific, a nation severely threatened by rising sea levels. Climate change is an imminent and existential crisis in the country, yet the actions that have caused rising temperatures – such as burning fossil fuels – have almost entirely taken place elsewhere, to serve other nations, with the blessing of state governments. 

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