Polly Higgins Earth Talks (small)Welcome to my site – you’ll find here what inspires me and why I do what I do. I’m on twitter @PollyHiggins and you can find me (occasionally) on facebook.



I am someone who cares deeply about the Earth. I’m also a lawyer who loves the Earth. It’s not often lawyers talk about love – and it can feel strange to do so. However, I believe love and law can be brought together and when the two meet, the potential to create new laws that put people and planet first is born.

I’m rethinking law; my vision is a world that works from one simple overriding principle: ‘first do no harm.’  That is a world where people are thriving in harmony with nature. I believe in well-being for all beings.

My first two books are Eradicating Ecocide and Earth is our Business – both of which examine in depth the power of a law of Ecocide to enable individuals, communities, governments and NGO’s to bring to court prosecutions to examine the evidence of a given Ecocide and have the support of the law to prevent, prohibit and in some instances pre-empt the mass damage and destruction that is causing or is likely to cause significant harm.

In recognition of my services to the Earth, in particular my advancement of an international law of Ecocide, I have recently received an Honoris Causa Business Doctorate from the Business School of Lausanne.

My current focus of enquiry is on leadership crime, closing the door to dangerous industrial activity and creating a legal duty of care.

Much of my time is put to best use writing, speaking and advising on an international law of Ecocide. I advise at all levels; governmental, legal and non-legal. I connect with a wide-range of organisations, NGO’s and lawyers. I am a barrister, author and Chairwoman of the Eradicating Ecocide Global Initiative. I co-founded the Earth Law Alliance and I am a leading advocate for Earth law.  You can read more about my work here.

I love nature and I seek out the wild.



I’ve set myself a quest – to dare to be great. For me that means being in service to something greater than the self. I believe we all have the capacity for greatness – and that to end the era of Ecocide requires the greatness of humans to stand up and say ‘enough’ to all that is causing mass damage and destruction in this world.  You can watch my TED talk on Daring to be Great here when I found myself going off-script!



In law, we can do this. There is a fast-track route to putting in place a law of Ecocide and my commitment is to give myself a year where I take forward the tabling of an amendment to include Ecocide as an international Crime Against Peace. You can read more here.

Wish20 is my wish and yours. Ecocide law can be in place by 2020.

To share WISH20 on social media

You can read all about the proposal for an international law of Ecocide and how it can be in place by 2020 at eradicatingecocide.com.



My work is funded by people like you. You can become part of the growing group of Seed or Freedom Funders through the Earth Community Trust. You can read more here.



Due to my other commitments, I do not advise on existing law or take on cases. I no longer practice in court and am fully committed to writing, speaking and advising on the law of Ecocide, Earth Law and Leadership.



Biodynamics and permaculture inspire me.

I love seaweed, raw chocolate and organic whisky, and I am delighted when I share all three with my friends.

I love art; I spent a year in Austria studying Hundertwasser and his ecological philosophies. Time in Utrecht led me to the magical stillness and clarity of 17th Century Dutch art and the British Museum in London is my favourite museum.

I also love to view the world from above and am currently learning how to glide.

I’m a Scot, I’m a Celt and I’m a free spirit.