Greta Thunberg donates €100k to Stop Ecocide
The Greta Thunberg Foundation will give €100,000 (£88k) to an organisation that is working to make ecocide – wide-scale, long-term environmental damage – an international crime.
Thunberg was 2020’s recipient of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s annual €1m prize to “distinguishing people and/or organisations worldwide that have stood to the fore in tackling the climate crisis”.
Thunberg said that her foundation will “as quickly as possible donate all the prize money … to support organisations and projects that are fighting for a sustainable world, defending nature and supporting people already facing the worst impacts of the climate and ecological crisis — particularly those living in the Global South…”
The first recipients of €100k each will be Stop Ecocide and the SOS Amazonia campaign by Fridays for Future Brazil.
Jojo Mehta, co-founder of the international Stop Ecocide campaign and Chair of the Stop Ecocide Foundation, responded: “This is a generous and very timely gift. The funding will support Stop Ecocide’s legal work to establish an international crime of ecocide.
“Thank you for recognising the significance of this work, and its potential to steer our collective ship towards safety and a healthy recovery for people and planet.”
There is growing support to make ecocide an international crime. In November 2019 Pope Francis called ecocide the “fifth category of crimes against peace”.
Today’s “current system of punitivism, which claims to solve social problems through the penal system,” has not worked, the Pope said. Instead, an “elementary sense of justice” must be applied so that “certain conduct for which corporations are usually responsible, does not go unpunished.”
Chief among those crimes, he added, are acts that “can be considered as ‘ecocide’: the massive contamination of air, land and water resources, the large-scale destruction of flora and fauna, and any action capable of producing an ecological disaster or destroying an ecosystem.”
Elsewhere, France’s citizens’ assembly voted to criminalise ecocide; in December 2019 the small island states of Vanuatu and the Maldives called for serious consideration of ecocide crime at the International Criminal Court’s assembly and early in 2020 the Swedish workers movement urged Sweden to lead on proposing it.
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