Polly Higgins is a barrister, international environmental lawyer and activist whose exhaustive research lays bare why peace is unachievable whilst we have laws that protect the rights of corporations to destroy the planet. She launched a campaign in April 2010 called thisisecocide.com. The Ecologist magazine voted her one of the 'Worlds Top 10 Visionary Thinkers', and she has recently been nominated as 'The Lawyer for Planet Earth' in the 2010 Performance Awards.
'Eradicating Ecocide... lays the framework for us to lobby our leaders for real environmental laws and contains tips on taking action... it outlines the steps you can take towards becoming an Erin Brockovich in your own right.' The Observer Magazine The beauty of this proposal is how it uses what is already there - the UN framework, the international criminal law as it has developed since World War II, and the trusteeship concept. Ecocide as a fifth crime against peace would be easily administered by the International Criminal Court without creating new structures or administrative bodies. A simple expedient, yet how revolutionary! A global standard of care would reconfigure the entire edifice of international justice on the foundation of Earth Jurisprudence, an Earth-centred approach to law and governance which acknowledges the biosphere as a whole as the source of rights. Eradicating Ecocide brims with hope and reads like a mystery novel. -- Ana Simeon Sierra Club BC 'Big shifts in international law can happen... [Higgins] makes a good moral and logical argument that the only way we are going to truly stop ecocide is to make it a serious crime.' -- Matt McDermott treehugger.com 'Eradicating Ecocide gives you all the answers you need, and it does so in a measured and well argued way... the book isn't another wild diatribe against business - rather it is an examination of international law and how environmental protection has somehow been left by the wayside... The clock to ensure the Earth remains healthy enough to support humankind is already ticking. This book asks everyone to re-examine the legal framework within which we are attempting to accomplish this, and provides business leaders with a golden opportunity of making it happen.' -- Chris Milton corporate-eye.com