Polly Higgins (EarthTalks)This is my personal site, where you’ll find what makes me tick. I used to be a practising barrister in London, now I use my legal skills for just one client – the Earth. I advocate for a missing law; one that creates a legal duty of care by putting people and planet first, a law that prohibits mass damage and destruction to human and non-human life, and makes ecocide a crime.

I’m sometimes to be found on twitter @PollyHiggins and occasionally on facebook.



I am the lead advocate for Ecocide law. I do not work for an organisation or a government; I legally advise as an independent expert lawyer and I am recognised as the world’s leading expert on Ecocide law.

I’m rethinking law from one simple overriding principle: ‘first do no harm.’  A crime of ecocide is a practical law; the State has to prosecute on your behalf (i.e it’s free – you do not have to sue), your rights are protected and the government has to stop the harm. It’s simple. Simply put, destroying the Earth is a crime as is State failure to assist those who are faced with displacement due to Climate change.

Much of my time is put to best use advising, writing and speaking throughout the world. I advise at all levels and connect with a wide-range of groups, governments, organisations, NGO’s and lawyers. I advise on legal as well as non-legal aspects.

Ecocide is State crime, corporate crime, eco-crime, leadership crime, a crime against peace. This is about accountability at the most senior level.

Awards and distinctions I have received include being the Honorary Arne Naess Professor at Oslo University (non-academic); I am a guest lecturer at numerous universities including School of Advanced Studies, University of London, Uppsala in Sweden and Vancouver, Canada. I am a recipient of an Honoris Causa Business Doctorate from the Business School of Lausanne, Switzerland and am named ‘One of the world’s top ten visionary thinkers’ by the Ecologist Magazine. I won the Peoples Book Award for my first book Eradicating Ecocide and I have also written Earth is our Business. My latest book is I Dare You To Be Great.

I co-founded the Earth Law Alliance and I am the lead advocate for Earth law.  You can read more about my work here.



I choose only to receive funds from independent funding.  Unlike most legal advisers, I do not charge for my work.  The reason for this is to prevent limitation of access and to retain my full autonomy at all times. What this means is that you, and the general public who believe that Ecocide law is required, fund me. This ensures those States that most require Ecocide law – Small Island Developing States and Climate Vulnerable States – receive full and fair access to the best legal advice. My funding partner is The Earth Community Trust, a conduit charity, who support Voices for the Earth. As one of their Voices for the Earth, your funds come direct to me to support my work and travel as I speak and advise throughout the world.

If you would like to know more about funding me please read here.



I love seaweed, raw chocolate and organic whisky, and I am delighted when I share all three with my friends. Biodynamic veg, flipping normatives, asking big questions and creative out-of the box thinking – all greatly matter to me.

I love art; 17th Century Dutch art (discovered when I was an Erasmus student in Utrecht) and the magical clarity of Cleasz Heda’s still lives. Hundertwasser (after living in Vienna) and his ecological philosophies. The British Museum in London.

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