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.
The pilot project is already underway, and the framework is evolving.
Get in touch with us to register your interest.
The framework will launch on 22nd April 2020 and will be shared for towns across the world to use.
In the meantime, you could create a steering group for your town to look at what's currently being done and audit the activities of the Council to see where any improvements can be made.
Has your Council declared a climate emergency and committed to become carbon neutral by 2025?
Are there other things your Council is doing that you'd like to tell us about?
Contact us at hello@EarthProtectorTowns.earth to join the conversation visit www.stopecocide.earth
Stroud become the World’s first Earth Protectors Town
On Saturday 7th September 2019, Stroud pledged to join a pilot #EarthProtectorTowns scheme.
Stop Ecocide: Change the Law director Jojo Mehta said: "Stroud Town Council is leading the way towards a new framework for municipal life. Their pledge to become an Earth Protector Town and support Ecocide Law is a powerful first step."
Green Mayor Kevin Cranston said: "I am really pleased that Stroud is the place where the Earth Protector Town declaration is being launched. It's the result of collaborative work between the Earth Protector movement and the town council. Together we have written a declaration that is realistic and is deliverable by a small council such as ours. This can be scaled up by bigger councils and rolled out worldwide."