Archive for January, 2014

End Ecocide in Europe

End Ecocide in Europe is a European Citizens Initiative which has proposed a law to the European Union to make ecocide a crime.  An online petition was launched in 2013 which failed to reach its target of 1,000.000 votes, but 112,000 Europeans did vote and a charter will be published on 30 January 2014 calling for the establishment of a European and an International Criminal Court for the Environment.  This charter is the result of a newly formed coalition of organisations advocating for the recognition of environmental crimes. End Ecocide in Europe is among the initiating organisations.

Deepwater Horizon, Fukushima, the Erika oil spill or Rosia Montana are just a few examples of catastrophes which could be prevented through this new law establishing a strict liability for both, decision-makers in business and government, as well as corporations, for such crimes.

Prisca Merz, volunteer Director of End Ecocide in Europe

This great video was launched in February 2013.

 

New Project for Living on One

Living On One – StFF beneficiary – launched a new project this month ‘Salam Neighbor’. This young organisation was supported in 2012 to take its award winning ‘Living on One Dollar’ film on tour across the US to inspire young people to action.

On its website Living On One explains that it

uses immersive storytelling to create films, television series, and educational content combined with targeted social impact campaigns to inspire action around pressing global issues. By engaging a young and social media savvy audience, we have been able to create unprecedented awareness for important issues ignored by mainstream media. On all our films, we work with the best humanitarian organizations in the sector to provide opportunities for our audience to easily make a difference.

On 19 January 2014, the team left their Los Angeles  homes to spend 4 weeks living alongside recently displaced families in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan.  Through shared experiences, they hope to understand the greatest needs of refugees, and how they can be supported as they restart their lives.

 

http://livingonone.org/salamneighbor/

Natural History Museum/Royal Holloway University research findings – plastic pollution severe in the Thames

Scientists from the Natural History Museum and Royal Holloway, University of London, collected rubbish over a three-month period at the end of 2012 from seven locations along the river bed of the upper Thames estuary.

The resulting report: ‘Plastic in the Thames: A river runs through it’, reveals the following:

- Sub-surface rubbish items intercepted in fyke-nets in the River Thames

Assorted submerged rubbish collected from Thames fyke nets trials

- The trapping of 8490, mainly plastic, items during a three month period

- Over 20% of rubbish items were components of sanitary products

- Most contaminated sites were in the vicinity of sewage treatment works

- Evidence for significant sub-surface transport of rubbish in the Thames Estuary

 

Dr Paul Clark, a researcher at the Natural History Museum and co-author of the study, said:

“Plastic can have a damaging impact on underwater life. Large pieces can trap animals but smaller pieces can be inadvertently eaten. The toxic chemicals they contain, in high doses, could harm the health of wildlife.”

Read yesterday’s Guardian article.

 

Happy New Year

The Trustees and staff of Sculpt the Future Foundation wish all beneficiaries and friends a very successful and sustainable 2014.

See Christmas installation from Xplore