“People4Soil” is a free and open network of European NGO's, research institutes, farmers associations and environmental groups.
We are very worried about the increasing degradation of soils 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.
We want to put pressure on European institutions to adopt specific legislation on soil protection, fixing principles and rules to be complied by the Member States. We want Europe to recognize soil as a common good essential for our lives and to assume its sustainable management as a primary commitment.
At the moment, soil is not subject to a coherent set of rules in the Union: the proposal for a Soil Framework Directive has been withdrawn in May 2014 after it ran into a blocking minority for eight years. Existing EU policies in other areas are not sufficient to ensure an adequate level of protection for all soils in Europe.
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 it has to be backed by at least one million EU citizens, coming from at least 7 out of the 28 member states. We have 12 months to collect 1 million signatures in all Europe. The last day of the signature gathering will be 12 September 2017.