The Global Ecocentric Network for Implementing Ecodemocracy (GENIE) was founded in 2018 with the mission of developing and expanding political, administrative, and legal initiatives to help adequately represent non-human nature within democratic processes.
Ecodemocracy (a contraction of ecocentric democracy) aims to achieve representation for non-human nature in political processes. The broad purpose of this is to promote ecojustice (justice for non-human nature, concurrent with social justice for humans) and to halt ecocide (the destruction of natural ecosystems). As such, ecodemocracy seeks to give political and administrative voice to ecocentrism, which is a planet- and nature-centred, as opposed to a human-centred (anthropocentric), system of values.
In ecodemocracy, a key mechanism by which representation for non-human nature could be achieved is the appointment of human proxies that represent nature politically within decision-making structures.
Ecodemocracy can operate at any geographic scale, from a local stakeholder group, through a protected area board, to an international alliance of governments. It could also emerge within traditional party-based politics.
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