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Valérie Cabanes

Co-author, Crime climatique stop ! & Spokesperson, End ecocide on earth

Academic and professional background

I am a lawyer in international law with an expertise in international humanitarian law and human rights law. I spent almost 20 years conducting international solidarity programmes in the field of health and human rights. Today, i am a consultant and a trainer in the sector of people ´s security and in the health and social sector.

My offer also includes legal counselling and advocacy related to the rights of indigenous people. At the same time, for the past three years, I have been committed to being the spokesperson of the citizen movement – End Ecocide on Earth- which aims at making ecocide crimes the most serious international crimes. I took part in the writing of a collective book entitled “Stop climatic crime!” coordinated by Attac and, published on August 27, 2015. This book calls on governments from civil society so that they stop subsidizing the fossil fuel industry and freeze their extraction by giving up the exploitation of 80% of all the fossil fuel reserves.

Action/What does your project, initiative, company consist in ?

The End Ecocide on Earth movement requires that a legal framework likely to guarantee the safety of the planet is defined in order to protect the right to a healthy and sustainable life for current but also future generations. To this end, it is necessary to preserve the conditions of life on earth itself, otherwise it will be difficult to guarantee the living conditions of mankind in the long run. This implies that the Living must become a subject of law. It also means that we need to consider the most serious violations relating to the living conditions on earth as ecocide crimes. Indeed, decisions and actions which lead to a threat of the ecosystemic services upon which human populations depend, a partial or total destruction of planet commons (the poles, the atmosphere and the extra-atmosphere, cross border rivers, international waters, migratory species, the genetic heritage and biogeochemical cycles- necessary to the earth ecosystem balance- can be sanctioned. Hence, it will be possible to make more responsible decision makers, legal entities but also individuals, at the root of practices identified as dangerous for the safety of the planet and security of mankind. Such a framework will provide the guarantee of an international climate and environmental justice that can prevent and mitigate the effects pf global warming, prosecute and sanction the most serious environmental crimes and thus allow to safeguard mankind and nature.

Location/ In which city, country, region in the world do you conduct your activities ?

The civil society is mobilized at international level in order to support the necessary recognition of the ecocide crime. Currently, a proposal drafted by End of Ecocide on Earth lawyers including 17 amendments with International Crime Court Statute which define and consider ecocide crime as the most serious international crimes, is presently under review by various States parties to the Statute.

Impact / what is the positive economic, social, political, environmental … of this action, project, initiative, company ?

The criminalization of ecocide is based on the principle according to which human beings are inalienable parties of Nature and their actions have consequences not only on their environment but also on their own future. Hence, banning ecocide would guarantee the human right to a sound environment for present and future generations but also would enshrine the right of nature for protection.

Quote / A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

You are not a drop of water in the ocean. You are the whole ocean in a drop”. Rumi