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East Meets West

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Winner of The People’s Book Prize for Non-Fiction, 2011

Voters comments:
‘Maybe the most important book for the 21st century!’
‘An amazing idea! I hope this book leads to a healthier future for generations to come.’
‘A book of universal influence and initiative that will stimulate the changes the planet needs.’
‘An inspiring read to shake us out of complacency.’

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At Rio+20 the Press were supportive of the Eradicate Ecocide campaign - the BBC wrote a piece about the campaign, Ecocide: a Legal Green High?, and so did The Independent, The Earth's Advocate: Defending our Environment. And Treehugger.com, published the thought-piece Why Outlawing Ecocide is Essential for the Economy

‘Eradicating Ecocide highlights the need for enforceable, legally binding mechanisms in national and international law to hold account perpetrators of long term severe damage to the environment. At this critical juncture in history it is vital that we set global standards of accountability for corporations, in order to put an end to the culture of impunity and double standards that pervade the international legal system. Polly Higgins illustrates how this can be achieved in her invaluable new book.’

Bianca Jagger, Founder and Chair of Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, Advocate for Crimes Against Present and Future Generations

From Reviews:
‘… the book isn’t another wild diatribe against business – rather it is an examination of international law and how environmental protection has somehow been left by the wayside … [It] asks everyone to re-examine the legal framework within which we are attempting to accomplish this, and provides business leaders with a golden opportunity of making it happen.’ corporate-eye.com

‘A simple expedient, yet how revolutionary!’ Sierra Club, BC

‘lays the framework for us to lobby our leaders’ The Observer Magazine

'This excellent book’s title suggests that corporations and politicians are committing a crime by murdering the thing that gives all humans life, the earth. And that by changing the law we can eradicate the criminals … The book in general is a thorough exposition of the litany of seemingly mindless pollution and destruction that no one can deny is happening. Then how small changes in the law can bring about large effects … Most interestingly for me was how some time ago law was changed to allow corporations to be “fictional persons”. The problem here being that when you want to apply the law you cannot lock up a piece of paper. The books call is to make ecocide a crime against a person not a corporation. Robin Smith Real Reform' Robin Smith

‘The beauty of this proposal is how it uses what is already there – the UN framework, the international criminal law as it has developed since World War II, and the trusteeship concept. Ecocide as a fifth crime against peace would be easily administered by the International Criminal Court without creating new structures or administrative bodies. A simple expedient, yet how revolutionary! A global standard of care would reconfigure the entire edifice of international justice on the foundation of Earth Jurisprudence… Eradicating Ecocide brims with hope and reads like a mystery novel.’ Ana Simeon, Sierra Club, BC

‘Eradicating Ecocide… lays the framework for us to lobby our leaders for real environmental laws and contains tips on taking action… it outlines the steps you can take towards becoming an Erin Brockovich in your own right.’ The Observer Magazine

‘Big shifts in international law can happen… [Higgins] makes a good moral and logical argument that the only way we are going to truly stop ecocide is to make it a serious crime.’ Matt McDermott, treehugger.com

‘Eradicating Ecocide gives you all the answers you need, and it does so in a measured and well argued way… the book isn’t another wild diatribe against business – rather it is an examination of international law and how environmental protection has somehow been left by the wayside… The clock to ensure the Earth remains healthy enough to support humankind is already ticking. This book asks everyone to re-examine the legal framework within which we are attempting to accomplish this, and provides business leaders with a golden opportunity of making it happen.’ Chris Milton, corporate-eye.com

'Has the formation of laws and legislation had unforeseen and possibly disastrous consequences? Has the protection of the environment been abandoned by the law? What can we do? These are the questions Eradicating Ecocide, a new book by Polly Higgins, sets out to answer.

'For Higgins the environment is all too often neglected in favour of short term profit, pointing out that … "Governments, driven by the obsessive pursuit of economic gain, often undervalue subsequent ecological losses that can arise out of profit making activity … Myopic financial policy takes preeminence over longer term damage and destruction, by keeping the focus firmly on the short-term, problems mount for others to address at some indeterminate later date." Not only do we need to fight big business, we need to take the challenge to our own blindfolded Governments.

'A brave book, Eradicating Ecocide takes the stance that by allowing the “commercial exploration and destruction of resources” to take "precedence over the obligation of the sacred trust", corporations have become the colonisers of the 21st Century. Within the UN framework, the concept behind the sacred trust is to ask for “community interests to be placed over private and corporate decisions."' Amelia’s Magazine

Higgins advocates the introduction of a new international law, Ecocide: ‘damage, destruction to or loss of ecosystems’, as the 5th Crime Against Peace. This would hold to account heads of corporate bodies that are found guilty of damaging the environment; it would present corporations with a new choice: they could choose to be part of the solution, part of the salvation of the planet’s future, by complying with the new law of Ecocide. The opportunity to implement this law represents a crossroads in the fate of humanity; we can accept the change, or we can continue to allow its destruction, risking future brutal war over disappearing natural resources.

This is the first book to explain that we all have a commanding voice and the power to call upon all our governments to change the existing rules of the game.

Higgins presents examples of laws in other countries which have succeeded in curtailing the power of governments, corporations and banks and made a quick and effective change, demonstrating that her proposal is not impossible. Eradicating Ecocide is a crash course on what laws work, what doesn’t and what else is needed to prevent the imminent disaster of global collapse.

Eradicating Ecocide provides a comprehensive overview of what needs to be done in order to prevent ecocide. It is a book providing a template of a body of laws for all governments to implement, which applies equally to smaller communities and anyone who is involved in decision-making.

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Author Details:
Polly Higgins is a barrister, international environmental lawyer and activist. She has spoken at various conferences including the Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change, Anchorage April 2009, The Talberg Forum, Sweden June 2009 and at the People’s Climate Summit during the COP 15 climate negotiations, Copenhagen December 2009. In April 2010 she launched the campaign thisisecocide.com, which has already alerted thousands to the objective of establishing Ecocide as a crime. The Ecologist magazine voted her one of the ‘World’s Top 10 Visionary Thinkers’, and she has recently been nominated as ‘The Lawyer for Planet Earth’ in the 2010 Performance Awards.

Polly Higgins, has been appointed to the Arne Naess Chair [ http://www.sum.uio.no/english/research/projects/arne-ness-chair/ ] for Global Justice and the Environment at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), an international research institution at the University of Oslo, which promotes scholarly work on the challenges and dilemmas posed by sustainable development. Previous holders include James Lovelock and Stephan Harding.
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