On Thursday 2nd November, the new edition of the magazine Quote 500, listing the wealthiest 500 Dutch citizens, was published. We can applaud these individuals for the cleverness, initiative, and effort that has led to their success, but there is also another side to the prosperity coin. Western societies are getting more prosperous while the planet is deteriorating at a faster pace – consider for example climate change and biodiversity loss. Stop Ecocide Foundation is therefore asking wealthy Dutch citizens to donate money to save our planet. One very effective way to save our planet’s ecosystems is by adopting ecocide law within the framework of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, making ecocide illegal and punishable in the same way that genocide now is. However, an international campaign to effectively promote ecocide law will cost 3 million euros. “A deductible donation for a millionaire, but a crucial means for the protection of the planet,” according to Shekhar Pula, chair of Stop Ecocide Foundation.
Support for an ecocide law is growing because it is an effective way to hold countries and companies accountable to the Paris Climate Agreement and zero-deforestation agreements. For instance, Jozias Aartsen, former mayor of The Hague and high-ranking VVD member, has indicated his support of ecocide law.*
On October 28, in their Declaration of the Guardians of the Forest, indigenous people from South America, Africa, and Indonesia appealed to UN states to adopt ecocide law. If two-thirds of the ICC member states vote in favour of Ecocide Law (targeting end of 2019), those responsible for ecocide can be held responsible and prosecuted accordingly. This will act as a deterrent. Just as criminalizing genocide made mass killings legally unacceptable, criminalizing ecocide will lead to a collective duty of care for the Earth. Stop Ecocide Foundation (ANBI) is an organization consisting of concerned professionals and citizens who are working hard to make ecocide law an international reality. We are looking for donors for projects and basic organizational support – altogether 3 million euros. Major donors will be sent detailed project plans upon request. Contributions can be made through this link: https://stopecocide.nl/en/donations/. More info can be found here.
The future of the earth and of our future generations depends on your support!
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* See p. 38: https://climateandsecurity.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/planetary-security-2015.pdf
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