Polly Higgins is a barrister, author and international environmental lawyer advocating a different approach to preventing the destruction of our planet: Instead of our laws protecting the property rights of the few, we can shift to laws that impose responsibilities, duties and obligations for the benefit of the many.
Voted by the Ecologist as one of the ‘World’s Top 10 Visionary Thinkers’ for her earlier work advancing the Universal Declaration of Planetary Rights, Polly has submitted a second proposal to the United Nations: the Crime of Ecocide. She argues that ecocide is a 5th Crime Against Peace, yet to be recognised alongside Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes and Crimes of Aggression. Polly was nominated ‘The Planet’s Lawyer’ by the 2010 Performance Awards, has been named one of the top ‘ unreasonable people’ in the world by the cult US online magazine Planet Green for refusing to accept the norm. She has been hailed by the Guardian as one of their Green Heroes working for the right kind of environmental change. Polly is author of Eradicating Ecocide (Shepheard-Walwyn, 2010).
In 2011, Polly organised a mock trial at the UK Supreme Court to test the concept of Ecocide, with positive results. The Guardian coverage of the trial, including a film, can be found here.