Stop Ecocide Campaign &
Earth Protector Community Initiative
Climate change is one of the biggest threats that faces humanity today. To tackle this, Greening Tetbury are engaging with the following sister charities: the Stop Ecocide campaign and the Earth Protector Communities initiative.
The Stop Ecocide campaign, established in 2017 by late UK lawyer Polly Higgins and environmental activist Jojo Mehta, involves the work to make ecocide, defined simply as the mass destruction of ecosystems, a crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
If you, as an individual, are interested in changing the law to protect our Earth, you can sign the international petition, used to pressure governments to take more serious climate action, here: https://www.stopecocide.earth/become
The Earth Protector Communities initiative is a movement in which towns, educational institutions and businesses collaborate to protect the environment and endorse the work to criminalise ecocide. Places have the potential to achieve the ‘Earth Protector Town’ status, as successfully exemplified by Stroud, Gloucestershire, by agreeing to meet the following five goals:
Produce a strategy and a date to achieve a carbon zero future;
Practice the movement from sustainable to regenerative living wherever possible;
Protect and enhance eco-systems, habitats and species in and around the town;
Pioneer the reduction and elimination of single use plastic;
Promote awareness of climate and ecological emergencies.
These goals share similarities with those that are set out in the Cotswold District Council’s (CDC) Climate Emergency Strategy, 2020-2030, identifying where Greening Tetbury and the wider community have the opportunity to take common action with CDC.
You can learn more about what it takes to become an Earth Protector Town here: https://earthprotectorcommunities.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/EPC-Town-Flyer.pdf