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 books are Eradicating Ecocide and Earth is our Business. 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. The plight of our time, I believe, is the abject failure of leadership and the lack of a (legal) duty of care.

Much of my time is put to good 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 who are working from the same premise; that it is time to say ‘enough’ to mass damage and destruction to the Earth. I am a barrister, author and I lead on the Eradicating Ecocide Global Initiative. I co-founded the Earth Law Alliance and I am a Voice for the Earth. You can read more about my work here.

When I’m not wearing my Earth law hat, I am exploring big questions, such as how to create maximum freedom for humanity to be creative from a place of love?  I love nature and when I get the chance, I seek out the wild.



I’ve set myself a challenge – to dare to be great. For me that means 100% in service to something greater than the self. That’s a big challenge. I believe we all have the capacity for greatness in us, all we need do is set the intent. The challenges that daring to be great brings are the challenges that empower us to step up and speak out. You can watch my TED talk on Daring to be Great here. Just imagine the world we will be in when many of us dare to be great.



I believe we can do this. All it takes is for we the people of the world to make it come true.

Wish20 is a Global Citizens Initiative to gather support for ending Ecocide by 2020. Please help me make my wish come true.

Please 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.



If my work makes your heart sing, please do become one of my 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 about Ecocide, Earth Law and Leadership.



I’m a lover of good organic food, am passionate about seaweed, raw chocolate and organic whisky, and I am greatly nourished when I connect time out with friends with my passion for being in nature.

I love art; I spent a year in Austria studying Hundertwasser and his ecological philosophies. 17th Century Dutch art has long been a source of inspiration for me after studying in Utrecht and the British Museum is my favourite museum in London. I also love to view the world from above and am currently learning how to glide.

I’m a Scot who lives in London when not travelling; at the weekend I’m sometimes to be found at the cinema for a film or mooching around Hampstead Heath with friends.