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COP21 Ecocide: Monsanto on Trial for Crimes Against Humanity

Rights of Nature Tribunal: Paris, France - December 4-5, 2015

The International Rights of Nature Tribunal provides a vehicle for people to tell their story and put a human face on the many global issues, climate change, human rights and nature rights co-violations. They are inviting local tribunals, organizations and lawmakers to testify in order to understand and hear the people’s story to see where and how they can provide assistance. They have created a democratic instrument to promote truth telling and a free space in order to hold multi-nationals responsible in a binding and legal way. Two from our Locals for Local Change team, Heidi and Kailea, were present for this Press Conference and are sitting in the two-day International Rights of Nature Tribunal.

NOTE: video below in English with some French.

Tribunal Against Monsanto Press Conference
Place to B, Paris France - December 3, 2015

“We have lost the memory of being human. The way we relate to the environment shows that we have forgotten how to be human.”

Moderator
Arnaud Apoteker
Tribunal Monsanto
France
Arnaud Apoteker graduated in Applied Biology and Physico-chemistry at Paris 12 University and spent 2 years of post-graduate at the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA.
After a few years in Bolivia, he joined Greenpeace. During 20 years, he participated in numerous campaigns of the organization (pesticides, protection of the Mediterranean Sea, ocean ecology, fisheries, nuclear waste and nuclear testing). In 1996, he developed the GMO campaign in France, which became one of the priority campaigns of Greenpeace France. From 2011 to 2015, he was in charge of the GMO campaign for the Greens/EFA group at the European Parliament.
He wrote the book "Du poisson dans les fraises, Notre alimentation manipulée" (Fish in strawberries; our manipulated food) Ed. La Découverte, Paris, Avril 1999, that has been translated into Italian and Spanish.
Speakers
End Ecocide on Earth, Porte-parole - Spokesperson
France
The main idea is intriguingly simple: the destruction of global commons, or ecosystems services upon which human populations rely, must become a crime. A crime for which those in positions of superior responsibility can be held accountable. The crime of ecocide should be incorporated into the Rome Statute as the fifth crime prosecutable before the International Criminal Court, in the same manner as the crime against humanity, genocide crime, war crimes or crime of aggression.
Organic Consumers Association, Director
Directeur international, Organic Consumers (l’impact sur les institutions politiques et réglementaires)
Ronnie Cummins est le directeur de l'OCA (Organic Consumers Association), association de défense des consommateurs et de l'agriculture biologique basée dans le Minnesota.
Hans Rudolf Herren
Millennium Institute, President and CEO
Washington, DC USA
Main research and development interests and achievements in holistic, integrated and sustainable agriculture and food systems. Managed agriculture and bio-science research organizations and now active at the policy development level.
President and CEO since May 2005 of the Millennium Institute USA; Chief Executive and Director General, 1994 – 2004 of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) Kenya; Director Biological Control Program and Director Plant Health Management Division 1979 to 1994 at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Nigeria; Coordinator of the Agriculture chapter of the UNEP Green Economy Report , 2011 and of the UNEP Report on the Ecological Bases of Food Security, 2012; Co-Chair of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD), 2003-2009. Laureate of Right Livelihood Award 2013, World Food Prize 1995, Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement 2003 and Foreign Associate in US National Academy of Sciences in 1999, Member of the Third World Academy of Sciences since 2005
Climate Change and agriculture; Role of agribusiness and climate change; Sustainable agriculture; System and holistic thinking; System dynamics; Modeling and scenarios in respect of SDG policy development, implementation and M&E.
André Leu
IFOAM, Président 
La Fédération international des mouvements d’agriculture biologique
Head of the Tribunal
Director, Writer, Author of the film and book: The World According to Monsanto
Olivier de Schutter
Ancien rapporteur spécial de l’ONU pour le droit à l’alimentation, professeur de droit international à l’Université catholique de Louvain.
Dr Vandana Shiva
Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, Director
India
Dr Vandana Shiva trained as a physicist and did an interdisciplinary doctorate on ‘Hidden Variables and Non-Locality in Quantum Theory’ from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She is Founder/Director of the ‘Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology’ and ‘Navdanya’, the movement for seed saving and ecological agriculture.
Dr Shiva is the author of numerous books including Staying Alive, Ecofeminism, Seed Sovereignty and Food Security - Women in the Vanguard (Ed.), Soil Not Oil, Earth Democracy and Who Feeds the World.
For four decades of dedication to independent and ecological research, Dr Shiva has been honoured with many awards including The Right Livelihood Award, The Sydney Peace Prize, The Fukuoka Prize and the Lennon-Ono Peace Prize.

One of the purposes of the Tribunal and Earth Law Center is to report crimes such as: Fracking, GMO’s, Mega-dams which are happening at an increasing rate. "The real problem is we have infinite economic growth on a finite planet.” 

It is a systems problem. We need to build alliances across struggles so that communities can come together and write local ordinances as well as protest, organize engagements, rallies, meetings, write reports and change laws. We need a framework so that the new positive solutions have a place and voice at the table.

“There comes a time when we have to obey a higher law.”

–Gandhi

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