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 and I apply permaculture principles to new law.
My latest book is I Dare You To Be Great. Due out on the 1st of November 2014, you can pre-order it here.
I have also written 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 2013 I received Honoris Causa Business Doctorate from the Business School of Lausanne, took the seat as the Honorary Arne Naess Professor at Oslo University, was named the Earth’s Lawyer by the Change Awards and ‘One of the world’s top ten visionary thinkers’ by the Ecologist Magazine.
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.
Many people ask me what can be done to support me. Support can be given in a number of ways – seeding, bridging or funding. All three are deeply valued; simply taking what you read here and seeding it to others can be very powerful, finding the bridges that connect and gift-funding all help support me. This is one idea that is being seeded and is growing right across the world. Like all seeds, it is the nourishment we give that creates the fertile ground for our ideas to flourish. We are each gardeners. If you would like to know more about Seed and Freedom Funders, please read here.
I AM DARING TO BE GREAT
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!
WHAT I LOVE
Biodynamic veg, flipping normatives, asking big questions and creative out-of the box thinking – all greatly 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 spent in Utrecht as an Erasmus student 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.
And – I’m a Celt and a free spirit.