Polly Higgins (EarthTalks)

This is the personal site of the barrister and author Polly Higgins, where you’ll find a little more about her.

Originally practising in London, now operating internationally in an advisory capacity, Polly puts her barrister skills into use for just one client – the Earth. She is the lead advocate for an international criminal law of Ecocide to protect people and planet.  Ecocide law, she advocates, shall criminalise ecosystem destruction caused by corporate and State action, imposing a legal duty of care to prevent climate and ecological ecocide. You can read more here. Ecocide crime is often referred to as missing State crime, corporate crime, eco-crime, leadership crime, a crime against peace.

You can read more about Ecocide law at

She can be found on twitter @PollyHiggins and occasionally on facebook.


Polly is rethinking law from one simple overriding principle: ‘first do no harm.’

In terms of impact, WMO climate data accurately demonstrates a future where Ecocide law is not implemented. Within the context of climate change, the impact in terms of millions of human and species lives saved, lands and oceans protected, as well as reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is incalculable. In terms of impact on many generations to come, this is one law that will help create a world of greater peace.

Polly advises at all levels and connects with a wide-range of groups, governments, organisations, NGO’s and lawyers. Polly advises on legal as well as non-legal implications of ecocide law. You can read more on the Eradicating Ecocide website and you can watch the Advocate for the Earth documentary made by VPRO (the Dutch BBC) – a short 15 minute version is available in Dutch (captions in Spanish can be turned on).


Holder of the 2013/14 Honorary Arne Naess Professorship, Oslo University (non-academic); Rachel Carson 50th Anniversary Memorial Lecture (both in London and in the Netherlands); Honoris Causa Business Doctorate from the Business School of Lausanne, Switzerland, winner of the Peoples Book Award (non-fiction) for Eradicating Ecocide (now out in 2nd Edition 2015) and author of Earth is our Business; founder of the Earth Community Trust and co-founder of the Earth Law Alliance. Named ‘One of the world’s top ten visionary thinkers’ by the Ecologist Magazine.  Ranked as No.35 in Salt magazine’s 2016 Top 100 Inspiring Women of the world list; the 2016 recipient of Polarbröd‘s Utstickarpriset for Future Leadership, and the 2017 prizewinner of the Slovakian Ekotopfilm Award.

You can read more here.


Great loves: Polly loves seaweed, raw chocolate and organic whisky – and sharing them with friends – biodynamics, flipping normatives, asking big questions and creative out-of the box thinking. Greatly inspired by 17th Century Dutch art (discovered when she was an Erasmus student in Utrecht),  Cleasz Heda’s still life paintings, the Austrian artist and ecologist Hundertwasser, wild nature.

Want to read more – you can read a recent article here: The duty to care for our common home.