"Currently, we allow our political and business leaders to get away with
murder. Now is the time to change that. We need direct liability for those who are
destroying our future and this planet. We need fast, profound and systemic change.
History only moves forward when courageous people get up and act. That's why I support
this citizens' initiative to recognise ecocide as the crime it is."
Kumi Naidoo Executive Director Greenpeace International
Hello dear supporters!
Getting closer to the last two months before all
signatures need to be collected, there is a lot of action going on, and some exciting
news that we want to share with you.
- Belo Monte is a giant project in the Amazon, Brazil aimed at building two
dams and a gold mine. For this dam, about 20,000 – 40,000 indigenous people will
be relocated (depending on the source) and an area of 1,500 km² of Brazilian
rainforest will be destroyed. You can read more here - http://bit.ly/186n9Ip. A recent conference held November 14 in the European
Parliament discussed the controversial project, Valerie Cabanes, our
spokesperson, was invited to speak at the conference, discussing directly with
Brazilian government representatives in a very tense atmosphere. Belo Monte is not
only likely to cause huge environmental destruction but also violates the human
rights of the local population. - For more info check http://bit.ly/1gSbAY3. In Addition we have participated in the protest held the
next day in Paris with "Planete Amazone"
- In a resolution document published November 10, concerning the Amazon
Environmental disaster and Chevron-Texaco, The European Council of the Green Party
has declared its support for End Ecocide http://bit.ly/1fALvti
- Kumi Naidoo, the Executive Director of Greenpeace International supports
End Ecocide and is calling for all Greenpeace national groups to support the
initiative. Vandana Shiva, Indian environmentalist and activist, has also recently
become one of our supporters. http://www.endecocide.org/supporters.
- End Ecocide has
been covered extensively by the press. Check for example the interview by End
Ecocide Italian coordinator, Lucia Jane Beltrame in Vatican Radio.
- November 9, Prisca Merz, the initiative's director moderated a panel on
"Policy and Economics in the face of Climate Change" at the London Climate Forum.
- Volunteers on the French team had an "EcocideBlast", end of October, a three day smart mob in public places in Paris.
Please join our cause on causes.com to get more updates and invite all of your
friends, European or Non-European to spread the word internationally. https://www.causes.com/endecocide
November 26 - Prisca Merz, Director of End Ecocide in Europe, to speak at the People and Environment Achievement Awards on behalf of Polly Higgins, last year’s
winner for her idea of the international Ecocide Law
November 27 – Reading University mock trial – Our volunteers at Reading
University will hold a smart mob where an anonymous CEO will be accused of committing
Ecocide in the Tar Sands, Fracking and Nuclear Energy cases. The purpose of the event
is to engage students, raise awareness and gather signatures.
November 28 - Thanksgiving online action – In this event initiated by Dara,
from Bulgaria, we wish to use the special occasion of thanksgiving to thank the Earth!
To participate & learn more visit here - http://on.fb.me/191P1bl
November 30 – Weekly TweetDay - In light of the success of focused Twitter
efforts we will create a weekly twitter day. This time we chose three VIPs we want to
tweet. For more info see here - http://bit.ly/1b00wjj
From today up to December 1 - Thunderclap - By registering to this event each
of us will have exactly the same post on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr (or one of the
three, it's your call). The more supporters we get the more impact this action will
do. Please join here - http://bit.ly/18hYQYa
December 5 - An ECI that works conference in Brussels to discuss improvements
on the legislation for the European Citizens’ Initiative needed
December 10 - International Human Rights day for which we will organize events
all over Europe, as ecocide is often violating human rights, including demonstrations
against the Belo Monte dam.
December 11 - Prisca Merz, Director End Ecocide in Europe, speaking in the plenary of
the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels
January 5 – Deadline for End Ecocide Video Competition – We are launching a
video competition for a short video, with a prize of €500 going to the winner and 4
prizes of €100 going to 4 runners-up. The video should encourage viewers to vote for
the initiative. For more info – click
Thank you for your support and help in this campaign! We only have two months
left for the European initiative, help us spread the word!
For any questions or comments please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org