META: 5 GREEN IDEAS FOR THE EU IN NEXT 5 YEARS

MARIE-AMÉLIE BRUN, Published JUNE 6, 2019, original article here

Picture credit: Frank Hui, flickr.com

CLIMATE ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE EUROPE PROTECTS FEATURED PODCASTS RULE OF LAW SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

After the European elections, META has great ideas to help new MEPs and potential Commissioners with five green ideas that could blossom in the next five years.

A short synopsis of the options offered:

1. A European Green New Deal

The European Union needs to get the ball rolling on a new environmental action programme – or European ‘Green New Deal’.

2. New European Commission Vice-Presidents for…

The European Commission plays a crucial role in the lawmaking process of the European Union. Various Vice-President positions already exist in the Commission, but the Environment and Climate roles are not yet represented at this level.

3. A Sustainable Development Goals strategy

17 Goals have been developed by the United Nations to achieve a sustainable future for all. These goals, called the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ – or ‘SDGs’ – target all aspects of sustainability, from poverty to clean oceans.

4. Net zero emissions

At the end of last year the European Commission presented a strategic long-term vision of achieving a climate-neutral economy by 2050. Last month eight EU countries called for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

5. A ‘Paris moment’ for Biodiversity

A study carried out by the world’s top nature scientists and representatives from 132 governments warned us recently that humanity faces a global environmental emergency.

The three-year assessment into the health of our planet’s ecosystems reveals the alarming extent of global biodiversity breakdown with up to one million species set to disappear within a few decades.

Marie-Amélie Brun sums it up in her article: 5 Green Ideas for the EU in the Next Five Years

For further reading: www.meta.eeb.org

Meet our team: Jone van Rees, one of the driving forces behind the platform

Posted on January 18, 2019

Who works and volunteers their time behind the scenes at The Crowd Versus? All different kinds of people do. 

We have held jobs in the business and legal industries. We apply that knowledge to help create this online platform to support important cases worldwide achieve justice.

Sometimes that justice has been years due, sometimes more than twenty.

Belief in Justice for All

Jone van Rees enjoys an extensive background as a legal assistant, spanning over 14 years in various areas of jurisprudence. Her degree from Georgia State University in English rhetoric and ability to speak several languages is another one of her strengths. In 2015 she started her own business in copy edit and works as a coach with aspiring authors.

She is a creative individual who likes to play with words and images in languages.

“The judicial system can effect important changes in society, in a peaceful manner, to reflect the values and norms that ensure justice for all.”

According to Jone: “The belief in justice being achieved via the legal system represents part of my personal motivation to work and volunteer in human environmental justice. I love the law and all what it entails, how it touches all aspects of our lives. The best part of being in this position is that I also get to meet and help change the world with amazing people, like Kirsten Youens, Pablo Fajardo Mendoza, Susan Smitten, René Sanchéz Galindo, and other incredible activists and community leaders.

These are all outstanding attorneys and dedicated people who work long hours for little or no pay. And now I help run the backend of The Crowd Versus’s website to make this world a better place for those who come after us, the new generations.”

Background

  • Coordinate campaigns for The Crowd Versus, social media channels in different languages, website back-end
  • Editor and coach for authors, founder of scriptumbene.com
  • Volunteer Greenpeace PNW social media
  • International Board member of scivias-institut.de
  • Guide and administrative work at the Nederlands Tegelmuseum
  • Legal assistant for various law firms in corporate, defense and plaintiff litigation in Atlanta, GA
  • Secretary for business firms, also on a multi-national level

Meet Our Team: Jan van de Venis, President of the Executive Board

Posted on December 11, 2018

Jan van de Venis

Every day, the team of The Crowd Versus works on creating awareness for human environmental rights all over the world. We have different roles, backgrounds, and day jobs. We share a clear mission: to hold irresponsible companies accountable for their actions on the legal playing field.

Today we would like you to meet Jan van de Venis, President of our Executive Board.

Human Rights Lawyer

Jan van de Venis is a human rights lawyer and founder of law firm JustLaw. He specializes in human rights and environmental and sustainable development issues. He focuses on Human Rights Consultancy, Training of legal professionals, Expert contributions to law suits and the Rights of Future Generations.

In all his activities, Jan tries to make law work for a more just, sustainable, inclusive and peaceful world and a healthy planet for present and future generations. A perfect match with The Crowd Versus.

Board member, Public speaker, and networker

Jan works for governments and institutions, politicians, NGOs (for example, Greenpeace and Amnesty International), UN bodies, businesses, academic institutions, and agencies (for example, OHCHR and UNESCO). Next to his work as a solicitor, he has many board memberships. Additionally, Jan is a public speaker, publisher, and joins a wide variety of expert groups, initiatives, networks, and outreach programs.

His personal motto is: “We may not always be able to control things that cross our paths, but we are in control of the way we respond.”

We give you a selection of his accomplishments.