WHAT IS AN EARTH PROTECTOR TOWN?

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 Stop Ecocide campaign which supports the legal and diplomatic work to make Ecocide an international crime.

EPTs IS FOCUSED ON THE TRANSITION FROM CURRENT STRUCTURES AND SYSTEMS TO A WAY OF LIVING TOGETHER THAT IS IN HARMONY WITH THE EARTHS ECOSYSTEMS

This transition requires systems change:

Changes in the way we live (from food to transport) – Lifestyles

Changes in how we power our lives – Green Energy

Changes in the way we work – Green Economy – Bioregional economy – Localisation

Changes in the way we think of ourselves in relation to the Earth – Education – Awareness Raising – Health & Wellbeing

Changes in the way we approach the future, by working together – Regenerative Development Approach – Building Community & Capacity

There is a lack of a systematic way for concerned towns, cities, institutions, businesses and people to holistically address the crisis we face. There is also a clear need for all stakeholders to come together and find solutions, ways forward. This acting together to bring about system change is a key element of what needs to happen. It is also becoming clear that such system change is something that needs to be addressed locally (Town level/City/District), as it is reliant on community capacity building.

EPTs aims to address this by creating a model and a global network of towns as well as supporting the movement to Stop Ecocide. It is a local to global movement. As such, it helps all local organisations and stakeholders around the world to plan for change and achieve goals aimed at addressing climate change and ecosystem destruction. It assists all efforts to shift into regeneration. It assists in changing the legal and thus also policy environment where all this takes place.

Towns, business, campaign group, organisation or NGO can endorse the Stop Ecocide campaign by registering here: www.stopecocide.earth/endorse-the-campaign

WHAT DOES MY TOWN HAVE TO DO TO BECOME AN EARTH PROTECTOR TOWN?

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.

WHY SUPPORT THE STOP ECOCIDE CAMPAIGN?

Local efforts, although a significant part of the solution, are not adequate on their own to address the crisis we face as long as big corporations and governments continue to destroy the Earth’s ecosystems at an increasing rate. This cannot be overemphasised. The youth movement and XR are global aspects of raising awareness. To stop the destruction (and give local efforts a chance for regeneration) a change in International Criminal Law is needed. This is an expression of the shift in moral values by which we live. This shift centres around our relationship with the Earth, from one of destructive resource use, to one of harmony. From extinction to regenerative evolution. EPTs link global awareness and local action by supporting a change in international law at the local level.

REGISTER OF DECLARED EARTH PROTECTOR TOWNS

Stroud (Gloucestershire, England)
Glastonbury (Somerset, England)
Helston (Cornwall, England)

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