Nature First?

Should Greta receive the Nobel Peace prize?

Congrats Greta

Open letter to Greta and Polly

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Do you support the Global Strike(s) for Future?

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15 March 2019, Global Strike for Future

It all started with Greta Thunberg (15 years old by then) who staged an action outside the Swedish Riksdag (parliament), holding a sign that read "Skolstrejk för klimatet" or "School strike for climate" during August 2018.

Climate change, global warming... You would think the media and all of our leaders would be talking about nothing else. As if there was a world-war going on... But they never even mention it.

So, no-one is acting as if we were in a crisis. People keep doing what they do, because the vast majority doesn't have a clue about the actual consequences of our everyday life.

Inspired by Greta Thunberg, massive school strikes started in November 2018. In Australia, thousands of school students were inspired by Thunberg to strike on Fridays, ignoring Prime Minister Scott Morrison's call for "more learning in schools and less activism". In December student strikes continued at least in 270 cities in countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. (wikipedia)

What we do or don't do right now
me and my generation cannot undo in the future.

From Awareness to Action!

Once aware of climate breakdown and destruction of nature, what step to take next?
How to keep the movement alive as George Monbiot wonders. EurOpinion poses a few suggestions one might want to consider.

Ecocide is mass damage and destruction of nature by big industry, the main cause of climate breakdown.

  1. Mission Lifeforce: you can join right away
    One important cause of climate breakdown is the mass destruction of nature by big industry, Ecocide.
    A first, easy, fast and yet very significant possible step is proposed by Mission LifeForce. This is a very concrete and feasible initiative by the Scottish lawyer Polly Higgins working to create an international law to turn Ecocide into a crime at the same level of genocide.
    With only your email and a small one-time contribution starting at 5 euros you too can become an Earth Protector for the rest of your life and part of a growing world wide group that fights for an international law to protect nature and planet. Earth Protector is a 'title' that is officially recognized in almost all countries of the world. The more we are, the more pressure can be put on governments and the faster Ecocide Law can be in place.
  2. The European Elections: 23 - 26 May, depending on your country
    In Europa we then have another chance to let our voice be heard in the EU elections in May. It is a exceptional opportunity to let "them" know what future we want for our Europa, even if you don't like or understand politics. If your priority is nature and climate, simply vote a party that has this priority too.
    If you're over 18 you shouldn't miss this chance.
  3. EurOpinion.is: where you are now, at your disposal
    this platform is meant to can design your own future together, through reciprocal questioning and answering, creating the path to follow in an organical way. You're invited to join  :)
  4. Other initiatives we are actively searching for or you maybe can tell us about...

 

https://fridaysforfuture.org/events/map

 

Greta's TED talk (clic for video, 11:11)

 

 

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Nature First!

PLAY VIDEO ►►► Climate Protest and Ecocide Law go hand in hand

Planet Earth with all its nature is the mother, the cradle and home of the human species, as it is of all life.

Nature, climate and our Earth are essential for the survival of humanity and of life itself. They should be loved, taken care of and protected. EurOpinion deems it of the highest global priority, that's why Nature is our first point of attention. Several areas can be distinguished, amongst which:

 

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Can climate awareness be a starting point for a better Europa?

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The time that old men impose the future on you and everybody seems to be coming to an end.

The fate of the living planet is in the hands of some leaders, most of whom have already passed the age of fifty; they will already be dead when the dikes overflow.

(Mara - De Groene Amsterdammer)

They tend to have short-term visions, usually oriented to the industry or their own tenure (usually less than 5 years) with a focus that's basically limited to money. Young people do not accept this anymore. The old ways of doing politics are beginning to be pushed aside by visions on longer terms, coherent with nature and society (sometimes more than 100 years), with human-oriented approaches and priority for sustainability.

Especially in Europe, this process is manifesting itself strongly, particularly amongst young people.

  • This is very significant. Because Europe is not just one country, not just one language, not just one culture. It shows a shared value that goes beyond politically established boundaries. It's a sign of a cross-border community (something the original European dream aimed for) and a connectedness between citizens that is not restricted by old established-order-mechanisms.
  • Since it's specifically the youth that is actively engaged in defending its own future and the climate (in fact, our planet as a whole) as collective treasure to take care of does not just give hope for now but also builds confidence for the decades to come. It is a refreshing and needed evolution towards a better Europe and a better world.

And now young Europeans have several options that allow them to practice, strengthen and truly excercise the enourmous potential they have to actively participate and determine a future for themselves (and in passing those that we old ones have left ;) and even design it collectively on a long term:

  1. Youth Strike for Climate: 10 March in the Netherlands, 15 March globally
    an exceptional opportunity to once again demonstrate your commitment to the media, increase awarenes amongst the public and put pressure on the old men. There are more than 500 demonstrations planned throughout the world, see the map.
  2. Mission Lifeforce: you can join right away if you want, for the rest of your life
    This is a concrete and feasible initiative by the Scottish lawyer Polly Higgins to draft an international law that makes large scale destruction of nature (Ecocide), including climatic consequences, a crime. Polly has created the 'title' of Protector of the Earth and has it legally recognized in almost every country in the world. With a small contribution starting at 5 euros you too become an official Protector of the Earth for the rest of your life and part of a world wide group that fights for an international law to protect nature and planet.
  3. The European Elections: 23 - 26 May, depending on your country
    if you're over 18 it's yet another exceptional opportunity to take advantage of and make your voice heard, this time within the existing system itself. Even if you do not like politics or do not know anything about it ... If climate and nature are your priority, then it's enough to vote for a party that, in a proven or credible way, indeed gives priority to climate and nature over economic growth and the 'market'.
  4. EurOpinion.is: where you are now, at your disposal
    this platform where you can design your own future together, through reciprocal questioning and answering, creating the path to follow in an organical way. Please, join too :)
  5. Other initiatives we will actively search for or you already know about...

Is possible that a better Europa can start from Climate awareness and protection of Nature and Earth?
Caring for the climate, nature and our planet apparently is starting to make old men in politics obsolete. When this jumps to other essential areas of society like freedom of speech, gender equity, alternative economy, education, health care or the media, then effective change towards a better Europa and a better world may become a real possibility.

 

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PLAY VIDEO ►►► Polly and Greta protecting Earth and Climate

The time that old men impose the future on you and everybody seems to be coming to an end.

The fate of the living planet is in the hands of some leaders, most of whom have already passed the age of fifty; they will already be dead when the dikes overflow.

(Mara - De Groene Amsterdammer)

They tend to have short-term visions, usually oriented to the industry or their own tenure (usually less than 5 years) with a focus that's basically limited to money. Young people do not accept this anymore. The old ways of doing politics are beginning to be pushed aside by visions on longer terms, coherent with nature and society (sometimes more than 100 years), with human-oriented approaches and priority for sustainability.

Especially in Europe, this process is manifesting itself strongly, particularly amongst young people.

  • This is very significant. Because Europe is not just one country, not just one language, not just one culture. It shows a shared value that goes beyond politically established boundaries. It's a sign of a cross-border community (something the original European dream aimed for) and a connectedness between citizens that is not restricted by old established-order-mechanisms.
  • Since it's specifically the youth that is actively engaged in defending its own future and the climate (in fact, our planet as a whole) as collective treasure to take care of does not just give hope for now but also builds confidence for the decades to come. It is a refreshing and needed evolution towards a better Europe and a better world.

And now young Europeans have several options that allow them to practice, strengthen and truly excercise the enourmous potential they have to actively participate and determine a future for themselves (and in passing those that we old ones have left ;) and even design it collectively on a long term:

  1. Youth Strike for Climate: 10 March in the Netherlands, 15 March globally
    an exceptional opportunity to once again demonstrate your commitment to the media, increase awarenes amongst the public and put pressure on the old men. There are more than 500 demonstrations planned throughout the world, see the map.
  2. Mission Lifeforce: you can join right away if you want, for the rest of your life
    This is a concrete and feasible initiative by the Scottish lawyer Polly Higgins to draft an international law that makes large scale destruction of nature (Ecocide), including climatic consequences, a crime. Polly has created the 'title' of Protector of the Earth and has it legally recognized in almost every country in the world. With a small contribution starting at 5 euros you too become an official Protector of the Earth for the rest of your life and part of a world wide group that fights for an international law to protect nature and planet.
  3. The European Elections: 23 - 26 May, depending on your country
    if you're over 18 it's yet another exceptional opportunity to take advantage of and make your voice heard, this time within the existing system itself. Even if you do not like politics or do not know anything about it ... If climate and nature are your priority, then it's enough to vote for a party that, in a proven or credible way, indeed gives priority to climate and nature over economic growth and the 'market'.
  4. EurOpinion.is: where you are now, at your disposal
    this platform where you can design your own future together, through reciprocal questioning and answering, creating the path to follow in an organical way. Please, join too :)
  5. Other initiatives we will actively search for or you already know about...

Is possible that a better Europa can start from Climate awareness and protection of Nature and Earth?
Caring for the climate, nature and our planet apparently is starting to make old men in politics obsolete. When this jumps to other essential areas of society like freedom of speech, gender equity, alternative economy, education, health care or the media, then effective change towards a better Europa and a better world may become a real possibility.

 

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How to keep the Climate Movement alive?

PLAY VIDEO ►►► George Monbiot - out of the wreckage

(work in progress)
In his article "Young climate strikers can win their fight. We must all help." journalist and writer George Monbiot explores the possibilities to keep the Climate Movement alive, instead of breaking up or getting stuck as has happened before with other movements.

We created a cannibal economy: we ate your future to satisfy our greed.

 

For years, many people of my age denied there was a problem. They denied that climate breakdown was happening. They denied that the world’s living systems were collapsing.

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Global Strike 4 Future - Milan, polls in the street

PLAY VIDEO ►►► Awareness today, Action tomorrow!

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If you want to learn how mass destruction of nature (Ecocide) can be turned into a crime, please see "Do you consider mass destruction of nature a crime?" in the "Nature First" section or click the link to open now in a new tab. (improving logistics of the web is work in progress)

 

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Do you consider mass destruction of nature a crime?

PLAY VIDEO ►►► Ecocide is a Crime - Polly Higgins

Since forever big industry has been practically free to destroy nature, the climate and the Earth without any limit or consequences.

 

Now, an ambitious initiative to protect nature and the Earth where it really counts has been taken by Scottish lawyer Polly Higgins with Mission Lifeforce.

In this video she explains why Ecocide (mass damage and destruction of nature by big industry) is a problem we eventually all will face and why it is essential that United Nations adopt an International Ecocide Law to make it a crime at the same level as war crimes or genocide. This way industry would at least have to pay the damage when they cause the destruction of nature.

"We have a system set up here that is putting the interest of the share-holder first. By law! We put profit first in essence. And when we put profit first we fail to even look to the consequences."

How is it that we haven't criminalized mass damage and destruction of the Earth?

Polly Higgins

 

Let's make it unprofitable to destroy the Earth.

Baltasar Garzón

 

Destruction of nature as dangerous as climate change, scientists warn

the Guardian

 

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PLAY VIDEO ►►► Ecocide is a Crime - Polly Higgins

Since forever big industry has been practically free to destroy nature, the climate and the Earth without any limit or consequences.

 

Now, an ambitious initiative to protect nature and the Earth where it really counts has been taken by Scottish lawyer Polly Higgins with Mission Lifeforce.

In this video she explains why Ecocide (mass damage and destruction of nature by big industry) is a problem we eventually all will face and why it is essential that United Nations adopt an International Ecocide Law to make it a crime at the same level as war crimes or genocide. This way industry would at least have to pay the damage when they cause the destruction of nature.

"We have a system set up here that is putting the interest of the share-holder first. By law! We put profit first in essence. And when we put profit first we fail to even look to the consequences."

How is it that we haven't criminalized mass damage and destruction of the Earth?

Polly Higgins

 

Let's make it unprofitable to destroy the Earth.

Baltasar Garzón

 

Destruction of nature as dangerous as climate change, scientists warn

the Guardian

 

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A law to make ecocide an international crime?

PLAY VIDEO ►►► Mission Lifeforce - protectors of the Earth

To accelerate the process of turning ecocide into the fifth international crime against peace Mission LifeForce offers all the people in the world the chance to be part of it and support it for life, in less than getting a hamburger menu both in time and expenses. This also helps increase the legal backup of the front-line activists in case they get arrested. Those who are interested in preserving a healthy planet as our natural living environment can become an "Earth Protector", officially and legally recognized in almost all countries of the world.

Only when ecocide is fully stopped our Earth can maintain and maybe even recover its natural splendour as shown in this beautiful nature and music video (credit).

 

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Should courts condemn governments for bad climate policy? In the Netherlands it already happened.

PLAY VIDEO ►►► Urgenda wins climate case against Dutch state.

On 24 June 2015 Urgenda foundation together with 900 other claimants won a lawsuit against the Dutch State about national climate policy. Through the court, it was enforced that the Dutch State must have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by the end of 2020, compared to 1990 levels. The appeal lodged by the Dutch government was rejected on 9 October 2018, but the government announced on 16 November that the Dutch state was going to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Marjan Minnesma, the face of Urgenda, believes little that the government is concerned about principles. "That's what they said in the previous appeal but then they objected to all the substantive points in the verdict." According to Minnesma, the government does not make much effort to comply with the judgment. "If they took the verdict seriously, we would already see accelerated actions. For example, closing down coal-fired power stations, or reducing the speed limit on the motorway. " (Trouw newspaper)

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Is "the market" more important than life? - Pepe Mujica

PLAY VIDEO ►►► José Mujica, ex presidente de Uruguay

Uruguay's ex-president Pepe Mujica analyses for Deutsche Welle the economic and ecologic chalenges that humanity is facing and he reminds us that "the essence is not the market, it's life."  In this short video of profound reflexions he also wonders: "¿Will we have the capacity to reason as a species instead of reasoning as individuals or as countries?"

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