The 8th deadly sin: how a campaign to establish a global law of ecocide is gathering momentum

Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has become the poster boy for those calling for systematic environmental destruction to become an international crime against peace. A sharp increase in deforestation in the Amazon, fuelled by deregulation, is an act of ecocide, they say. The International Criminal Court in The Hague must have the jurisdiction to prosecute leaders and businesses that knowingly cause ecological catastrophes, they argue. The idea is gaining traction, and recently won the support of Pope Francis. He proposes that “sins against ecology” be added to the teachings of the Catholic Church

by Isabella Kaminski
Deforestation in Nascentes da Serra do Cachimbo Biological Reserve in Altamira, Pará state, Brazil, in the Amazon basin, on August 28, 2019. Photograph: Joao Laet/AFP via Getty Images
Deforestation in Nascentes da Serra do Cachimbo Biological Reserve in Altamira, Pará state, Brazil, in the Amazon basin, on August 28, 2019. Photograph: Joao Laet/AFP via Getty Images

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