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Monday, April 12 2021


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We use criminal law to draw moral lines. We say something’s not accepted, your murder is not acceptable. And so, simply putting mass damage and destruction of nature below that red line actually makes a huge difference, and it will make a difference to the people that are financing what is going on.

That’s the founder of the Stop Ecocide campaign, Jojo Mehta, explaining the campaign to force the International Court of Justice to recognise a new kind of crime: ’ecocide’. As defined by the Pope and other world leaders, it describes “the massive contamination of air, land and water,” or “any action capable of producing an ecological disaster.” The argument is that if the Holocaust led us to invent a new word—genocide—so should the horrific destruction of our environment.

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Headlines That Matter

  • A tragic shooting in Bengal
  • More mass deaths in Myanmar
  • Mind control, monkeys and video games
  • Is this $450 million painting a ‘fake’?

 

Smart and Curious

  • A delightful riff on the crushing power of ‘crushes’
  • An excellent guide on how to store your sex toys
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