French government considers ‘ecocide’ offence to tackle pollution

As reported in Euronews, France is considering a new approach to tackling climate change by creating and ‘ecocide’ offence, which aims to discourage people from intentionally causing damage to the environment.

The plan itself was put forward by the Citizens’ Convention for Climate, a group of 150 randomly selected citizens which proposes recommendations for combatting the climate crises.

The new plan outlines those committing the most serious offences, such as intentionally polluting rivers with waste, could be handed a prison sentence or a fine up to ten times their business profits.

To combat less severe ‘ecocide’ offences, a second offence of ‘endangering the environment’ – which covers situations where actions haven’t yet caused environmental damage, but have the potential to – is also being considered by the French government.

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