Ecocide Law and Legal Definition

Ecocide is the extensive destruction of the ecosystem by a human agency or by any other causes. It refers to the damage to or loss of ecosystem to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory is drastically diminished. Ecocide may also be used to refer the environmental damage caused due to a war, or a mishap. For example, environmental damage caused due to oil spillage. U.S. environmental theorist and activist often argue that the human species is committing ecocide through urbanization and industrialization.

Ecocide is the very antithesis of life. Ecocide may lead to resource depletion. The term is also used to refer the situation in which an organism destroys ecosystems other than its own. Some environmentalists consider ecocide as a crime against peace.