All life on earth vitally depends on intact ecosystems. Our current economic system, however, leads to ecocide, the large-scale damage and destruction of ecosystems. In order to enforce criminal accountability for decision-makers and corporations, we request the recognition of the crime of ecocide at a national, European and international level. Our proposal aims to establish environmental justice and to protect peace, health and well-being of all of humanity and future generations.
Corporations and other actors today are largely unaccountable for the environmental damage and human rights inflictions they cause.This impacts us all: urban citizens suffering air pollution, local communities losing their water supply to fracking or indigenous peoples whose lands and style of life are destroyed by mining, deforestation and oil exploration. It aggravates existing inequalities as those most affected are often already poor or marginalised, and contradicts the democratic principle.
Our ultimate goal is the adoption of ecocide as an international Crime against Peace. A Head of State must propose an amendment to the Rome Statute, the governing treaty of the International Criminal Court. This can next be done at the 2017 review conference. Besides, we aim for national, European and local legislation against ecocide. Through these, we work to protect human rights, an idea first coined in Europe, for current and future generations.
We are working simultaneously on the following three levels, all of which are absolutely crucial and linked:
1. Advocacy to find a Head of State to propose the Rome Statute amendment and another 83 (two thirds of the signatory parties) to support it
2. Strengthening networks on the national, European and international level (civil society partners, experts, linking with indigenous groups)
3. Supporting grassroot initiatives facing ecocides in their localities, building a citizens’ movement and raising awareness
Ultimately, we run this initiative for every living soul on this planet, as well as future generations, to ensure environmental justice and accountability of decision-makers. To that end, we are working with a range of stakeholders: local communities, youth groups, legal experts, scientists, business leaders, policy-makers, eminent personalities, environmental NGOs, social justice NGOs, indigenous groups, and future generation rights groups. Our key audience are the media and the general public.
Information about communities affected by ecocide we don’t know yet
Ideas on local activities to engage new volunteers and supporters
Any other feedback is welcome and appreciated
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Office expenses: 3,050 Travel: 18,250 Accommodation/subsistence: 5,600 Events: 3,000 Fees: 4,500 PR: 6,000 Personnel: 30,000 Unforeseen: 4,040
The idea itself is ethical and innovative: Essentially, we are demanding a fundamental transformation of our current legal and economic system, giving for the first time rights to the earth itself. Secondly, our initiative grew as a transnational citizens' movement and represents a new form of community organisation: neither a traditional NGO, nor a political party, but rather a platform for all individuals and organisations supporting a common idea.