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Climate change: Should it be a crime against humanity? | The Stream

As the Amazon rainforest burns, glaciers in the Arctic melt and governments fail to take steps to curb climate change, more people are demanding that ecocide be declared a criminal act.

Individuals and corporations should be held criminally accountable for the damage wrought by deforestation, fracking and pollution, argue scientists and climate change experts.

Critics however point out that it’s difficult to determine who exactly is responsible for environmental disasters, and if harm was intended by the guilty party.

That said, more than 1,300 test cases in 28 countries are already working their way through the courts. And in the coming months, the International Criminal Court could ratify a law that renders large-scale destruction of the natural living world illegal.

In this episode we ask, should damaging the environment be considered a crime against humanity?

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