Some of you may be aware of the pioneering work of Polly Higgins, and her proposal to that the United Nations should accept ‘Ecocide’ – the damage and destruction of ecosystems – as a fifth ‘crime against peace’. Such a move would allow eco-crimes to be tried at the International Criminal Court, and could have a profound effect on industries blamed for widespread damage to the environment like fossil fuels, mining, agriculture, chemicals and forestry. Supporters also believe it could be used to prosecute climate deniers who distort science and facts to discourage voters and politicians from taking action to tackle global warming and climate change. Incredibly, corporations have ‘rights’, but the planet that sustains them doesn’t.
Now, a European Citizens Initiative has been launched. This is not just another petition; it is one of the first initiatives of this kind to be successfully lodged and was launched yesterday at the European Parliament.
Once 1 million signatures have been collected, both the European Commission and the European Parliament are obliged to consider setting in motion the legislative process to end Ecocide
Ealing Transition supports this important initiative. You can help by adding your name to the petition at http://www.endecocide.eu/, press ‘sign now’ and follow the instructions
Transition Free Press is a newspaper which has been developed to spread the news about all the good work being done by Transition groups throughout the UK and the rest of the world. Ealing Transition is pleased to announce that we are one of the 30+ groups who will be distributing the newspaper. Our subscription will be key to helping get this enormously positive initiative off the ground.
The 24-page paper will be published quarterly. TFP will provide a clear voice reporting on the growing movement to build low carbon, regenerative, and resilient communities. With the Transition movement clearly in focus, it will also report on developments in new economics, relocalisation, food and energy security, social and environmental justice. Unlike the mainstream media, the Transition Free Press will deliver an alternative view of the world, one that isn’t controlled by corporations or wealthy individuals.
You can read the preview issue at http://issuu.com/transitionfreepress.
TFP is produced by a not-for-profit collective and is supported, although not financed, by the Transition Network. While printing and postage costs have almost been covered, funding is needed to ensure the core team can be paid. TFP is therefore seeking crowdfunding via Buzzbnk by 14 February. If you would like to, you can help them with a donation or a subscription. Other Transition-related goodies are available depending on your level of participation. Full details can be found at http://transitionfreepress.org/, and crowdfunding at https://www.buzzbnk.org/ProjectDetails.aspx?projectId=103
Ealing Transition wish you a very happy New Year.
2013 begins on a sobering note as bush fires rage during record temperatures in Australia, and the US National Climate Assessment reveals the profound effect that climate change is already having on the lives of American citizens. The authors of the report have not flinched from naming the culprit: “Global warming is due primarily to human activities, predominantly the burning of fossil fuels,” they state. The need for practical, local action continues to exercise our minds.
Sunday 27th January 7.30pm: Film Showing: A Farm for the Future
With the above in mind, we have decided to re-show this inspiring film about film maker Rebecca Hosking’s exploration of the challenges faced by modern farming.
With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon to become the next generation to farm the land. However she is alarmed by how energy-intensive farming is, and realizes that a new way of working may be necessary
With the help of pioneering farmers and growers, she explores ways of farming without high inputs of fossil fuel. In the process, she learns that it is actually nature that holds the key to farming in a low-energy, low carbon future.
As usual, the film will be shown at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RH. Entry is free however we will ask for donations to help us cover the cost of screening. As usual a selection of warm beverages and cakes / biscuits will be served after the film so we can discuss what we have seen and its implications for our efforts in Ealing.