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European Citizens' Initiative People4Soil [1]

Soil is one of the most strategic resources of Europe, as it ensures food security, biodiversity conservation and climate change regulation. It's time to protect the soils of Europe.

Main objectives: Recognize soil as a shared heritage that needs EU level protection, as it provides essential benefits connected to human well-being and environmental resilience; develop a dedicated legally binding framework covering the main soil threats: erosion, sealing, organic matter decline, biodiversity loss and contamination; integrate soil related UN Sustainable Development Goals into EU policies; properly account and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the farming and forestry sectors.

Why is this important?

Each passing minute, the soil is assaulted, suffocated, contaminated, exploited, poisoned, mistreated, and depleted. In Europe, there is no longer a specific law that protects the soil.

Safeguarding the soil with laws is on of primary ways of protecting people, plants, and animals. Without healthy, alive soil, there is no future. Healthy, alive soil protects us from environmental disasters, from climate change, from poisons all around.

More than 400 associations have joined together as part of the People4Soil [2] coalition which asks the EU for specific regulations to protect the soil, which is as essential to life as water and air. Save soil with your signature!

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People4Soil is a free and open network of European NGO's, research institutes, farmers associations and environmental groups.
References

[1] http://ec.europa.eu/citizens-initiative/public/initiatives/open/details/2016/000002

[2] https://www.people4soil.eu

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European Citizens' Initiative People4Soil

Soil is one of the most strategic resources of Europe, as it ensures food security, biodiversity conservation and climate change regulation. It's time to protect the soils of Europe.

Main objectives: Recognize soil as a shared heritage that needs EU level protection, as it provides essential benefits connected to human well-being and environmental resilience; develop a dedicated legally binding framework covering the main soil threats: erosion, sealing, organic matter decline, biodiversity loss and contamination; integrate soil related UN Sustainable Development Goals into EU policies; properly account and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the farming and forestry sectors.

What is a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI)?

European citizens have the right to recommend EU legislation via the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI). A European citizens' initiative is an invitation to the European Commission to propose legislation, and to be effective, it must get the support of at least 1,000,000 EU citizens, coming from at least 7 of the 28 member states. We have 12 months to gather 1 million signatures in all of Europe. We will be collecting signatures from now until 12 September 2017.

Who can sign the ECI?

Every citizen of one of European Union's member states, who has the right to vote in the election to the European Parliament and who is older than 18 (in Austria older than 16). Your government decides what information you need to provide for your signature to be valid, and will use this information to check your signature. The data required can include name, address, date and place of birth, nationality and, for several member states, a personal identification number.

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Next step - spread the word

Thank you for taking action to protect our soil!

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For us to have an official hearing in the European Parliament and the European Commission consider whether to introduce a law, we need a million signatures. That's why we need your help: please share this initiative with your friends and family.