Ecocide: crime against nature and the need for a law to prevent it | Andrew Raingold

Ecocide: crime against nature and the need for a law to prevent it | Andrew Raingold

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It might have been a thoroughly entertaining spectacle but the implications of the mock ecocide trial could have grave implications for business and political decision makers.The artificial court case, supported by the Hamilton Group, was held last week and played out as though the crime of ecocide had already been adopted by the United Nations.To the cheers of a crammed supreme court, packed full of lawyers, businessmen and eco-activists, two chief executives were convicted of global felonies comparable to genocide and war crimes.However, the actions of the accused had not led to a single loss of human life. Rather, the defendants faced the prospect of years behind bars due to the extensive environmental damage caused by their companies in extracting oil from Tar Sands in Canada. The principal victims of their crimes were migrating birds.

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