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“People4Soil” is an international campaign – supported by European NGOs, research institutes, farmers associations and environmental groups – which lobbies for the protection of soil at legislative level within the European Union.
The Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations officially supports the campaign People4Soil, convinced that soil is a common good, essential for a safe and flourishing future. We are support the call on European institutions to adopt specific legislation on soil protection, and assume its sustainable management as a primary commitment.
Sustainable management of soil is closely linked to the universal right of all people to live in a safe place, eat healthy food and create a serene future.
We, as global citizens, are very worried about the increasing degradation of soil both in the EU and at global level: erosion, sealing, loss of organic matter, compaction, salinisation, landslides and contamination have negative impacts on human health, food security, natural ecosystems, biodiversity and climate, as well as on our economy.
People4Soil is a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), i.e. a call on the European Commission to elaborate legislation regarding certain issues which has to be backed by at least one million EU citizens, coming from at least 7 out of the 28 member states. It will run till 12th September 2017: until then, European citizens have the chance to recommend EU legislation on soil by signing the petition People4Soil.