Interfaith Call for Ecocide Law

Launching conference

Interfaith call for Ecocide Law September 16, 9-12 CET (eastern hemisphere), 16-19 CET (western hemisphere). ONLINE

This conference invites you to be a part of Faith for Ecocide Law, an international, interreligious coalition for Ecocide as an international crime within the International Criminal Court. Ecocide law is a practical, powerful and possible option for new rules in common to respect and revere the Creation, Mother Earth. The initiative aims at gathering religious and spiritual communities, leaders and voices to express support for Ecocide law towards the upcoming UN conferences on biodiversity, climate and sustainable development.
SPEAKERS: H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, Valerie Cabanes, Stop Ecocide International, Cardinal Anders Arborelius, Bishop of Stockholm, Hanna Soldal, Church of Sweden Youth, Erena Rangimarie Rereomaki Rhöse, Maori spiritual leader, Azza Karam, Religions for Peace, Eirik Myrhaug Partapuoli, Sami spiritual leader, Alexandra Masako Goossens-Ishii, Soka Gakkai International Office for UN Affairs, Henrik Grape, World Council of Churches, Pella Thiel, End Ecocide Sweden and others.

HOSTED BY: End Ecocide Sweden in cooperation with Stop Ecocide Foundation, Christian Council of Sweden, The Catholic Diocese of Stockholm, Sigtuna Foundation and Centre for Environment and Development Studies at Uppsala University.

The launching conference will be given in two iterations to give space to many voices and make participation possible from east to west! Welcome to participate in one or both.

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SESSION ONE: 9 am-12 pm CET


WELCOME: On Faith for Ecocide Law: presenting the initiative

Pella Thiel, Henrik Grape, Alf Linderman


BACKGROUND: What is Ecocide Law and why is it a powerful and possible step to protect Nature worldwide?

Valerie Cabanes


CONNECT: to people and purpose

David Ershammar


PERSPECTIVE: Why is ecocide law needed now to protect the living world?

H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Hanna Soldal, Anders Arborelius, Erena Rhöse


CO-CREATION: What good things would be possible if destruction of Nature was a crime? What can you do in your context to support Faith for ecocide law?

David Ershammar



Pella Thiel, Henrik Grape

SESSION TWO: 4 pm-7 pm CET

4 pm

WELCOME: On Faith for Ecocide Law

Pella Thiel, Henrik Grape, Alf Linderman


BACKGROUND: What is Ecocide Law and why is it a powerful and possible step to protect Nature worldwide?

Valerie Cabanes


CONNECT: to people and purpose

David Ershammar


PERSPECTIVE: Why is ecocide law needed now to protect the living world?

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Azza Karam, Alexandra Masako Goossens-Ishii, Eirik Myrhaug Partapuoli


CO-CREATION: What good things would be possible if destruction of Nature was a crime? What can you do in your context to support Faith for ecocide law?

David Ershammar



Pella Thiel, Henrik Grape


Mary Evelyn Tucker

Mary Evelyn Tucker teaches at Yale University at the School of the Environment and the Divinity School. She is co-director with John Grim of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. With Grim she organized 10 conferences on World Religions and Ecology at Harvard. She co-edited Confucianism and Ecology, Buddhism and Ecology, and Hinduism and Ecology. She has authored with Grim, Ecology and Religion (Island Press, 2014). They also edited Thomas Berry’s books, and published Thomas Berry: A Biography (Columbia University Press, 2019). Tucker was a member of the Earth Charter Drafting committee and the International Earth Charter Council.

Bishop Anders Cardinal Arborelius O.C.D.


Cardinal Arborelius is a Swedish Roman Catholic cardinal. He has been the Bishop of Stockholm since 1998, and was appointed cardinal 2017 as the first Swede ever. He has his spirutual belonging in the carmelite order.  Cardinal Arborelius has on several occations,like pope Francis, expressed his support of an an law against ecocide.  Not least in relation to indigenous peoples, but also in communication with countries and companies, Cardinal Arborelius sees the importance of ecocide legislation. 

Pujya Swamiji

Pujya Swamiji is the President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, one of India’s largest and most renowned spiritual institutions, located on the banks of the National River Ganga. He is Co-founder/Co-chairman of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), which was launched as the world’s first initiative to bring interfaith leaders together to enable a water-secure future where everyone may have access to safe and healthy water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Pujya Swamiji is also Founder of Ganga Action Parivar, which is leading the way towards saving the Ganges River–one of the world’s most threatened rivers. In addition, he is Founder of Divine Shakti Foundation and Interfaith Humanitarian Network. Learn more:

Valerie Cabanes

Valérie Cabanes is an expert in international law, specializing in human rights. She was a member of the Independent Expert Panel for the Legal Definition of Ecocide. She is also on the advisory board of Stop Ecocide International, part of the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and one of the experts of the UN Harmony with Nature initiative. After two decades in NGO fieldwork, she launched in 2013 a European citizen initiative on the crime of ecocide in France then co-founded in 2015 the NGO Notre Affaire à Tous at the initiative of the “Case of the century” (Climate case against the french government supported by 2 millions citizens).

Eirik Myrhaug Partapuoli

Eirik Myrhaug is a Noaidi (Sami shaman) and elder in the Arctic Shaman Circle. Educated as an engineer, Eirik was one of the leaders of the last Sami hunger strike against the Alta/Kautokeino exploitation in 1981. He is a pioneer in ecological economy and has previously worked with the nordic Eco municipalities. Currently he is developing circular economy models from a Sami indigenous perspective. Eirik is an Ambassador for “the Cathedral of Hope”. Practising healer and shaman since the 90ties, he has educated many in Sami shamanism through the course “the Shamans way”.

Erena Rangimarie Rereomaki Rhöse

Erena Rhöse is a Maori, native to Aotearoa New Zealand. She considers herself a daughter to the Whanganui River which was given legal rights in 2017. It was her great great grandmother RereOmaki who signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 for the Wanganui region, with the British crown Queen Victoria and other Maori chiefs of Aotearoa. Erena is a matekite tohonga, shaman, spiritual leader and grandmother elder, who teaches about the beautiful and spiritual Maori concepts on Papatuanuku, Mother Earth. She has lived in Sweden for 40 years and has been a guest lecturer in Ecophilosophy at Karlstad University for many years. She is a member of Arctic Shaman Circle in Norway and promotes indigenous shamanism for Mother Earth.

Hanna Soldal

Hanna Soldal works as Coordinator of Global advocacy and Youth participation at Church of Sweden Youth. She works with the youth network Ageravolontärerna, a project which gives youth a chance to act locally for global justice with the Christian faith as a driving force. Hanna has studied biology and ethnobotany and is interested in how humans shape and are shaped by nature. She has been at the West Bank as an ecumenical accompanier for the World Council of Churches and the Christian Council of Sweden. It is a region that remains in Hanna’s prayers.

Alexandra Masako Goossens-Ishii

Alexandra Masako Goossens-Ishii works for Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a community-based Buddhist organization that promotes peace, culture and education. SGI collaborates with other NGOs, faith-based organizations and UN agencies to address global issues through activities such as raising awareness and engaging in dialogue grounded in the Buddhist teaching of respect for the dignity of life. Based in Geneva, Alexandra coordinates SGI’s advocacy work on human rights, climate change and the environment. 

Azza Karam

Prof. Dr. Azza Karam serves as the Secretary General of Religions for Peace – the largest multi-religious leadership platform with 92 national and 6 regional Interreligious Councils. She also holds a Professorship of Religion and Development at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Professor Karam has served in different positions in the United Nations since 2004. She is the founder of the Multi Faith Advisory Council of the UN IATF-R&D, and has coordinated engagement with members of a Global Interfaith Network for Population and Development with over 600 faith-based organizations from all regions of the world, representing all religions and interreligious affiliations.

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorpe

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp is an award-winning human rights advocate, lecturer, writer, environmental activist and champion of civil society. Born in 1943 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Rabbi Soetendorp was saved from the Nazis by a righteous couple and survived as a “hidden child.” He was instrumental in the reestablishment of Jewish communities in the Netherlands. Rabbi Soetendorp is the rabbi emeritus of congregation Beth Jehuda in The Hague and former president of the European region of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. He is a founding member of Green Cross International, Earth Charter commissioner and a Millennium Development Ambassador.

David Ershammar

David Ershammar is an experienced facilitator who supports organizations and people working together to address challenges.Increased participation and autonomy of the individual has always been the goal and means in his work. As a freelancer, he supports individuals and organizations to succeed in change through complexity-adapted strategies, co-creation processes and innovation work. David´s favorite sphere of work is with initiatives and actors involved in accelerating the transition to a more sustainable society.

Henrik Grape

Rev Henrik Grape is ordained in Church of Sweden (Lutheran). He has worked at the national office of Church of Sweden since year 2000 as Officer in Sustainable Development. Member of ECEN (European Christian Environmental Network) steering committee since 2005 and World Council of Churches (WCC) working group on climate change since 2006. Today he is seconded to WCC as Senior Advisor on Care for Creation, Sustainability, and Climate Justice and the coordinator of the working group on climate change. He was in the planning group of the Uppsala Interfaith Climate Summit (2008) and in the working group that drafted the Church of Sweden Bishops conference bishops letter on Climate Change 2014/2019. He has been a delegate in the WCC delegation to UNFCCC COP:s since 2006 and the head of the delegation since 2016.

Pella Thiel

Pella Thiel is a maverick ecologist who works with relational, systemic activism, change processes and leadership för a society in harmony with nature. She is co-founder and chairperson of End Ecocide Sweden and knowledge expert in the UN Harmony with Nature initiative. Pella coordinated the first Earth Rights Conferences in Sweden. She is also the co-founder of Swedish hubs of international networks like Transition Network Sweden, and Save the Rainforest Sweden. She teaches ecopsychology and is a part of the eco-psychology/art/activist NGO Lodyn.