|‘… 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