15.00 - Polly Higgins - UK

Polly Higgins, barrister, international lawyer and award winning author of
Eradicating Ecocide, proposed to the United Nations in April 2010 a law of
Ecocide  to be classed as the 5th Crime Against Peace. Ecocide is defined as the mass "damage, destruction to or loss of ecosystems of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished."
Polly has been a vocal spokesperson on Earth Law for a number of years and
is recognised as an expert in her field. Her first book, Eradicating Ecocide:
Laws and Governance to Prevent the Destruction of our Planet is published by Shepheard-Walwyn, Winner of the Peoples Book Prize 2011 for non-fiction and book number 2, Earth is our Business, changing the rules of the game has
been described as 'groundbreaking'. No other author has addressed the heart
of the problem and proposed how to change it into a solution by using law. Polly has now mounted a global campaign to have Ecocide recognised as the 5th Crime Against Peace.

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A global citizens initiative that maps the growing support for the law of Ecocide
 and gives world leaders the mandate to make it an international crime.


Dare to be great at TEDxWhitechapel

Barrister and activist known as 'lawyer for the Earth', Polly Higgins, tells
her recent transformative experience taking time out walking in the New Forest
 where she was awakened to her greater purpose and next steps in service of the Earth.

She challenges us to ask the empowering questions:

"How can we move from a place  of dependency to a place of interdependency?
How can we create a world of peace?
How can I dare to be great?"