The Global Ecocentric Network for Implementing Ecodemocracy (GENIE) was founded in 2018. It comprises a group of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and it receives no funding.
GENIE's mission is to support and advocate the representation of non-human nature across a range of decision-making processes.
Our volunteers are united by a common interest in seeing different modes of implementing ecodemocratic principles trialled, refined, and built upon. Our limited resources are focused on serving as a hub for coordinating information on implementation efforts, developing materials to support implementation, and conducting targeted small-scale advocacy.
The moral standing of non-human individuals underpins a need for their legal consideration and, in turn, calls for their political representation as stakeholders. Such representation, which can be carried out through human proxies, more robustly upholds non-humans' moral standing than the alternative of simply having those interests accounted for through internalization within human needs and wishes. It can add to the development of Earth jurisprudence by envisioning democratic processes that are more just, so that the protection of non-human interests does not only rely on legal protection in terms of, for example, legal tools employed during court hearings on a case-by case basis.
We are very interested to hear from anyone who is involved in a group or project in which representation for non-human nature could be trialled. We are also interested in hearing from anyone who can assist us with advocacy or with developing support materials. You can get in touch via our contact form.
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