GLOBAL MOBILIZATION FOR THE RECOGNITION OF ECOCIDE.

March 20 -25, 2022. 

At this first-ever global mobilisation calling for the recognition of ecocide, citizens, campaigners and elected representatives collaborated across sectors of society, and united behind with one message: Stop Ecocide Everywhere.

A central aspect of the mobilisation was to call on the European Union to recognize ecocide in European law, as part of the Environmental Crime Directive - a legislative proposal for a new EU directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law.

But this week of mobilisation was also an opportunity for people around the globe to speak out on the need to criminalise ecocide at the international level, which is currently a missing element in the global legal framework to deal with the climate crisis and ecological collapse.

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WHAT HAPPENED ? (In short : )

  • 3 political actions: in Scotland , Iceland and Denmark .

  • A coordinated strategic action in 6 European countries

  • 18 in-person events and 6 webinars

  • Mobilization graphics translated into 14 languages

  • Planting trees in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Portugal

  • Coverage by the Belgian and Italian press, Spanish radio and Dutch television - as part of the Fridays for Future and Youth for Climate Belgium strike.

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In Denmark, two parties, Volt and the Frie Grønne (Independent Greens) stated their support for the criminalisation of ecocide. MP Susanne Zimmer for Frie Grønne (Independent Greens) will be convening the Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod, for a question debate in the Folketing (Danish Parliament) on April 20th, requesting to make clear what the government's position is and if it intends to follow the international movement to add ecocide to the Rome Statute.

In Scotland, Monica Lennon put forward a motion in the Scottish Parliament, to support and acknowledge the International Week of Action #StopEcocideEverywhere and “welcomes action in Scotland to explore ecocide legislation and to contribute to what it sees as the global movement for ecocide law”.

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Parliamentarians from Canada (Elizabeth May, pictured here), Italy (Rosa d’Amato) and Cyprus (Alexandra Attalides) also publicly stated their support for the mobilisation on social media.

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In Iceland, a resolution was submitted to Alþingi (Icelandic Parliament) calling for support for the recognition of an international crime of ecocide as well as national ecocide legislation. It received cross party support from the Pirate Party, the Liberal reformation, the Social Democrats and the Left Greens.

“The fight for ecocide to be recognized as a violation of international law is the key to protecting us and future generations.” — Andrés Ingi Jónsson, Member of Parliament for the Pirate Party who submitted the resolution.

What happened in Brussels?

Several events organized  by End Ecocide Belgium and Rise for Climate Belgium in collaboration with End Ecocide on Earth and Stop Ecocide International and with the participation of members of the European Parliament, activist personalities and civil society collectives took place: 

SOLIDARITY WITH  FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE / YOUTH FOR CLIMATE BELGIUM

We wanted to express our solidarity with young strikers around the world and amplify their call to action: People Not Profit”.  

Personalities such as Greta Thunberg, Adélaide Charlier and Anuna Dewever also support our movement.  

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STRATEGIC ACTION 

On March 25th, 2022, we sent a letter co-signed by our partners to the Ministers of Justice and the Environment as well as MEPs, asking them to seize the opportunity to recognize and condemn the crime most serious against the environment under the Environmental Crimes Directive.

This initiative took place in   Finland,  in Italy, Germany, Denmark and Spain.

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WHAT HAPPENED IN THE EUROPEAN UNION?

 

In Amsterdam, Stop Ecocide Netherlands hosted a successful panel discussion with various guest speakers.

In Reykjavik, a seminar was held at the Kjarvalsstaðir Museum, featuring a parliamentarian, a natural scientist, an international jurist and a leader of an environmental NGO.

In Madrid and Barcelona, activists gathered in front of the Representation of the EU Commission, while in Segovia people took their Stop Ecocide banners out on the streets.

In Rome, Stop Ecocidio Italia joined the celebration of the 65th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome organized by Volt Italia, and were featured among the official speeches.

In Bologna, students organised a stall in front of the university.

Scottish activists in Stirling did a creative action to honour murdered and missing environmental defenders.

In Bremen, Germany, an info stall was also set up on the town market square, where Stop Ecocide Deutschland shared flyers and engaged with the passer by.

In Paris, a conference took place with NGO leaders and legal experts, while in Strasbourg, a small group of determined youth from Youth for Climate Alsace, organised a symbolic action in front of the European Court of Human Rights.

In Copenhagen, Stop Ecocide Denmark met with a Member of Parliament, Susanne Zimmer from the Frie Grønne (Independent Greens), and received their support to advance the criminalisation of ecocide.

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In Lima, Perú Sin Ecocidio gathered Indigenous leaders, activists and civil society in front of the Palace of Justice. In song, prayers and speeches, the rally raised awareness of communities.

“Los pueblos se unen para decir paremos la destrucción de nuestra madre Tierra.”

“Ama Wañuy Pacha” (Stop Ecocidio in Quechua)

In Turkey, several events happened throughout the week where the topic of ecocide was raised by the Climate Justice Coalition Türkiye.

“We are an umbrella platform where NGOs, Unions, and Chambers put their powers and expertise together. Our call is ready to revise the scope of environmental law and incorporate ecocide into Turkish law.” — İlksen Dinçer Baş, activist for the Climate Justice Coalition Türkiye, Ecocide Working Group.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, citizens and pupils planted trees as part of a local regeneration project, and contributed to the photo action #StopEcocideEverywhere.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, citizens and pupils planted trees as part of a local regeneration project, and contributed to the photo action #StopEcocideEverywhere.

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LAUNCH OF
ARTISTS FOR ECOCIDE LAW

On Sunday March 20th, the international day for the recognition of ecocide, the network Artists for Ecocide Law was launched: a global community of performers, musicians and visual artists supporting the movement to make ecocide an international crime.