A panel of lawyers unveiled a legal definition for the crime of Ecocide, the mass destruction of the environment. This definition has been created in the hope that the International Crimes Court (ICC) will adopt it. If this was to happen, it would put Ecocide on a par with war crimes.
If Ecocide was to be added to international law, it may accelerate the transition to a nature-friendly economy. Political and Business leaders may think twice about destroying the environment, if they saw that their actions could cause severe legal repercussions.