Jojo Mehta, co-founder with Polly Higgins of Stop Ecocide, launches its Earth Protector Town scheme with Stroud as its first signatory. Photo by Ruth Davey/Look Again
Earth Protector Towns (EPT) are a global collaborative movement of Towns to protect the Earth, using an interactive process including specific goals and guidelines.
In declaring itself an Earth Protector Town, a Council undertakes to collaborate and cooperate with communities, local government bodies, businesses, educational and other organisations to protect land, wildlife, air, soil and water. The town is also publicly supporting the campaign to amend the Rome statute and declare Ecocide* a crime at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
What we offer the Town Council is essentially the opportunity to be part of the movement to change the international law and to change the world; top down and bottom up.
The framework will be by nature holistic, as well as participatory allowing for dialogue between Councils globally, and collaboration with participating business and NGOs. This is the time we need to act together and bring change.
A movement of towns around the globe has exponentially more impact than one town acting on its own.
There are five goals for Earth Protector Towns:
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
The Council pledges that any future investment decisions consider the environmental practices of the institutions involved, as well as existing legal requirements on public investments.
These goals form a framework for a steering group to audit, plan and monitor the activities and projects which will help to protect and enhance the environment in and around the town.