People gather around a dead fin whale that washed ashore on a beach in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on February 19, 2021.
Jojo Mehta is co-founder and director of Stop Ecocide International, an organization that is now active in fifteen countries. It aims at Ecocide legislation
that should change our behavior with respect to the environment. Ecocide is the destruction of nature and biodiversity. New ecocide legislation should make large-scale environmental destruction a crime. It implies not only punishing the individual ‘bad
boys’ responsible for illegal dumping and poaching but also changing the policies of companies and countries, responsible for structural damage of the environment, which is now often considered as the unavoidable spin-off of large-scale industries. Think
of leaking oil tankers and their effect on sea mammals en coral reefs, and the destruction of rainforests, the habitats of thousands of rare wild species.
Source: NRC, Buitenland 15, 14 July 2021.