"Our financial rulers and the politicians who help them are playing a giant
game of Monopoly with the world's finite resources - completely abstract from reality
- even though they accept the facts of Climate Change. And yet, you can't play
Monopoly when everybody's dead. They imagine they'll be the last people. They don't
care so long as they win." Vivienne Westwood, English
Happy New Year!
Have you already received our Christmas greeting? If not, take a look now. You might
learn some interesting facts along with it (Xmas
2013 has been an exciting year and a wonderful
journey for us. Starting with a very small team, we embarked on this journey with the
aim to mobilise one million Europeans for the law of ecocide. It has been a huge
challenge to run this on a volunteers-only basis (compared to other European Citizens'
Initiatives run by professional teams, with more resources and huge networks) and we
might not succeed to hit the target but what counts is that we have built a network of
people and organisations sharing our aims and values. And this network will continue
beyond January 21st, the official deadline for the European Citizens' Initiative.
2014 thus promises to become even more exciting than
2013. So let's start it with a blast!
We still have 3 weeks left and every additional
signature counts. 88,000 EU citizens have voted for the law of ecocide by now - very
impressive but we can do better! If each of us gets at least one other signature, we
can double the number. If each of us finds 10 friends, we can almost reach the
million. And imagine if all your friends encourage others as well... Together we can
make it happen!
We are creating a community of caring citizens to
show our policy makers that we do care and this will give additional credibility to
the movement for the next steps.
Every hand helps and every vote counts. Vote now at www.endecocide.org
Ecocide in Italy - the Apuan Alps marble open mine pits
For thousands of years the Apuan Alps, also known as the “Carrara Marble Mountains”
were mined for their precious rocks, yet today the excessive rate in which the mining
is conducted is becoming a serious danger. Mountains and crests are just topped off,
as can be seen in this picture, the dust waste pollutes the water resources around and
the air is filled with particulate matter. To sign the petition on AVVAZ click here.
- Prisca Merz the initiative's director spoke in in the plenary of the European
Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. This Committee brings together
representatives of civil society from all over Europe. The plenary included Prisca's
presentation and was followed by an interesting debate – read more here.
- Our research team needs your help! Advocating for a crime of Ecocide is a
discursive process, and one that can only be enhanced by quality research and
scholarly debate. read more here.
- Join us this coming Tuesday for our New Year’s Twitter day! Click here.
- Have you heard of a current Ecocide that we should know of? Tell Pauline (firstname.lastname@example.org) about it. Or check our list of current Ecocide cases here.