Environmental crimes pose a serious threat to the world. They not only affect Earth itself, with its vulnerable ecological systems we rely on. After all, they attack humanity as a whole. There are signs that the international community is beginning to acknowledge the extent of the issue, reminding states to live up to their responsibilities, offering a more functional legal framework. The International Criminal Court recently decided to prosecute environmental crimes as such, and the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly “Responsible Consumption and Production” (no.12), too, provide a direction for endeavours. But simple law-and-order policies won’t do the deal, and many aspects have to be taken appropriately into account to assure ecological balance and well-being of many people.
November 30th, 2016