Polly Higgins at the RSA (Royal Society of Arts, London). Later in conversation with Martin Wright of Forum for the Future and Editor in Chief, Green Futures

If there are laws against Genocide, if there are laws against slavery, laws against suicide, and laws against all sorts of crimes  – then why are there no laws against “Ecocide”?

That is the question, Polly Higgins, a lawyer by profession, is trying to argue for. She coined this term called Ecocide and defines it as:

The extensive destruction, damage to or loss of ecosytem(s) of a given territory, whether by a human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the “inhabitants” of that territory has been severly diminised.

The key word being “inhabitants” that also include all species other than humans.

There is this cycle of damage & destruction leading to ecocide leading to resource depletion thus leading to conflict and that to war, which in turn breeds damage & destruction. We, as in us humans (read corporations) need to halt that spiral by bringing in disrputing technologies that further brings in innovation in different direction causing a shift in values.

The basic premise of Ecocide is to expand our thinking from Human- Human interactions to Human – All beings

About Poly Higgins:

Polly Higgins is a lawyer who has dedicated her life to one client – the Earth. Polly is a barrister, author and creator of new laws to protect the Earth. Polly has proposed that Ecocide is the missing 5th Crime Against Peace, to sit alongside genocide as an international crime throughout the world. Her book: Eradicating Ecocide: Laws and Governance to Stop the Destruction of the Planet

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