A message from the European Citizen's Initiative to End Ecocide in Europe
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End Ecocide in Europe

"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

Upcoming/Current Events

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 here

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 info@endecocide.eu

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