Catching Environmental Crime

Environmental justice movements and institutions face hard questions when it comes to accountability: who is actually responsible for environmental crimes? How should they be punished? Are some people or communities more likely to be held responsible for these crimes?

These questions are not easy to answer because while some lack a strong legal precedent on which one can find recourse, others can’t be answered simply because of a lack of data. To learn more, our hosts Arpitha Kodiveri and Vaishnavi Rathore spoke to Mrinalini Shinde (environmental lawyer) and Nikita Sonavane (Criminal Justice and Police Accountability Project) in an attempt to learn what exactly counts as environmental crimes, who can be prosecuted under them, whether we can create a strong legal precedent for this and who is actually held responsible for these crimes.

This is episode 4 of Blindspots, created in collaboration with Carbon Copy

(L) Arpitha Kodiveri is a Doctoral Student European University Institute working on business and human rights issues in India's forests. (R) Vaishnavi Rathore, The Bastion's Environment Associate, is interested in covering stories on forest and land rights, ecological restoration, governance of commons, and environmental justice.


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