We are a free network of organisations

"People 4 Soil" is a free and open network of European NGOs, 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 Europe to recognize soil as a common good

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.


So far, soil has no rights

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soil is not subject to a coherent set of rules in the Union: the proposal for a Soil Framework Directive has been withdrawn in May 2014 after it ran into a blocking minority for eight years.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.


Through a petition promoted by EU citizens

European citizens have the right to recommend EU legislation via the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI). By joining “People 4 Soil”, you'll become promoters of an online petition targeted at introducing a specific legislation on soil in Europe. When the initiative will be launched, we will ask you to engage in spreading the petition.


From September 2016, for 12 months

As soon as the registration of the proposed initiative has been confirmed, organisers can start collecting statements of support from citizens. We have 12 months to collect the required number of statements of support (1 million overall including a minimum number in at least 7 member states).

What your organisation can do

People 4 Soil is a network of European organisations that claims a right to soil. 
Read the call and find out how you can help us.

Join People 4 Soil

Register your organization to the large network of NGOs, research institutes, farmers associations and environmental groups that will support the petition.

Become an ambassador

Become an active testimonial of the campaign, make your experience and your expertise in soil protection available to us.

Spread the word

Read the call and help us to spread the message of People 4 Soil through the social networks of your organisation.

Support us

Make a donation to support the campaign, help us to ask Europe to consider soil as a common good.

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