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This blog took longer than usual to post as I got caught up in the heady swirl of the Press Conference for End Ecocide in Europe with the zany, colourful and environmentally astute Dame Vivienne Westwood.
I was delighted whilst liaising with Vivienne Westwood’s PA, the calm and unflappable Cynthia King, that it was all coming together, even though Vivienne Westwood was still in Milan until Monday 13th Jan and we wanted to hold it at 11am on the 15th in order for us to get some days up our sleeve, before the European Commission deadline on 21st. (So that those thousands of people out there, who didn’t know anything about this Citizens initiative, would have time to read the press, then get onto the web site http://www.endecocide.eu/ and sign.)
However, by Sunday we still did not have a London venue and the Press had not yet been informed. Bloody hell.
I stopped resting on my laurels and swung into action. Once again, darling Chris Cooper on HMS President made everything click into place. We then had a venue in the centre of London (Plus it is much more glamorous now than when Roger had a photographic exhibition there in 2007.) Also it turned out that Vivienne Westwood had her perfume launch there, so that made it even more convenient - she knew the venue. She rode up on her bicycle. So cool.
The resulting press coverage has been great – 2 impressive pieces in the Guardian today (one by Charles Eisenstein, one by Fiona Harvey) I wrote an article for ecology magazine; (AFP) Agence France Press has placed pieces around the world, including China. (Thank you lovely Alice Ritchie) and even the scandal rag, the Express came up trumps with a large headline ‘Vivienne Westwood backing proposed European environment law’. Astonishing.
I am still buzzing with it all, so much so, that I can’t really concentrate on anything else but End Ecocide. My mind is racing ‘how many people read the Guardian?’ ‘What percentage of those readers are likely to sign the form?’
Vivienne Westwood was impressive, on every front. She came to the Press Conference armed with a map of the world depicting likely damage from global warming if the population of the world does not change its habits. At a glance, half the world would be uninhabitable.
Thank god there are people like Vivienne Westwood around, not just prepared to take civic responsibility but prepared to educate others to realise we need to change before the damage is irreversible. Likewise, Prisca Merz, the End Ecocide Director, based in London – has worked around-the-clock and she has a full-time responsible job. Impressive.
It is inspiring to meet people who are prepared to take a stand against powerful injustice (and who look as though they have a great capacity for fun as well.)
So, sorry guys, if this all seems a bit worthy, but I really wanted to get those 1 million signatures (just as well I am not a poker player.) In fact I am still astonished that people have not voted in their millions. If ecocide became a crime in law, that would protect the Arctic against negligent drilling, bees against decimating poisons, fish against industrial waste being carelessly released into the rivers and oceans, communities being threatened and displaced so that their forests could be turned into palm oil cultivation. I could go on and on.
So why are people being so pissy about it? Why are they not signing? I won’t be doing another editorial on this subject, so do me a favour and leave a comment enlightening me as to why people have such reticence re trying to put some moral backbone into big business?
What’s the problem? Meanwhile I have only one word: sign, sign, sign.
Signing off, Joselyn Morton