CEDA completely loses the plot

Even though I haven’t lived in Adelaide for nearly ten years, I still receive emails from the Adelaide office of CEDA inviting me to various events.  (Memo to Judith: UNSUBSCRIBE)

As I was deleting the most recent one, I happened upon the description of the event.

EARTH IS OUR BUSINESS

Take a look ( I have bolded the worst/best bits!!)

CEDA and the University of Adelaide invite you to engage in a critical discussion around Environmental Law and global accountability.
Polly Higgins describes herself as a ‘lawyer for the earth’ and is in Adelaide as part of Womadelaide.  For years now, her love of the environment and the law has set her on a path working towards an international law of Ecocide, to hold those responsible for the destruction of the world’s eco-systems to account. Polly has submitted a second proposal to the United Nations: the Crime of Ecocide. She argues that Ecocide is the 5th Crime Against Peace, yet to be recognised alongside Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes and Crimes of Aggression.
Polly will be joined by Professor Ian Lowe Emeritus Professor in the School of Science at Griffith University, an Adjunct Professor at two Australian universities and the President of the Australian Conservation Foundation and Allan Holmes Chief Executive of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Heritage.
Meet the speaker
Polly Higgins
International Environmental Lawyer
Polly Higgins is a lawyer who has dedicated her life to one client – the Earth.  Polly Higgins was born in 1968 and spent her childhood in the west of Scotland, in Stirlingshire and the Highlands.
During her time as a student she met the Austrian artist and ecologist Hundertwasser who believed nature to be a community of living beings. This was to be the beginning of her examination of her world in a different context from that which viewed the world as a thing, to be traded and sold.  Her years as a barrister in London courts, where she represented both individuals and corporations on discrimination cases and corporate law, led her to the conclusion that the Earth was in need of a good lawyer. The planet was also being treated unfairly and the tools of her trade were not adequate.
Quite simply, the laws to protect the interests of the Earth do not exist. Polly is the award winning author of Eradicating Ecocide and Earth is Our Business. 
OH DEAR
 
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41 Responses to CEDA completely loses the plot

  1. Rabz

    The woman needs psychiatric care, not the attention of those corrupt criminal parasites at the UN.

    Call the men in white coats, toot sweet!

  2. Walter Plinge

    Well, it is South Australia after all. Never recovered from Don Dunstan and it’s been going downhill intellectually and economically since. Thank goodness I got out at a young age.

  3. Mike of Marion

    One of the penalties of living in SA is having to put up with all this mumbo jumbo. SA has been on the rocks since Rann had McTiernan and others as ‘… -in-residence’.

  4. H B Bear

    Never a barrel when you really need one. South Australia is a mendicant joke with a State government whose policy position is a begging bowl.

  5. duncanm

    Eradicating Ecocide

    isn’t that Ecocide-cide

    Oh the humanities!

  6. Cold-Hands

    “Lawyer for the Earth”? How does the Earth pay her I wonder.

  7. nerblnob

    Misanthropists love to elect themselves interpreters and defenders of the inanimate. So much less troublesome than cognitive humans who might speak up and contradict their arrogance.

  8. Gab

    South Australia is a mendicant joke with a State government whose policy position is a begging bowl.

    However Adelaide does have the highest number of sex shops per person than any other capital city in Australia. So there’s that.

  9. Tekweni

    “Award winning” but not best selling? Is that a term used when nobody reads what you write? And who does the awards?

  10. MT Isa Miner

    nerblnob

    #1204484, posted on February 26, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Misanthropists love to elect themselves interpreters and defenders of the inanimate. So much less troublesome than cognitive humans who might speak up and contradict their arrogance.

    That’s why the “lumpen protliteriat” who used to be thought of as useful almost inanimate blobs of clay by the marxists have been tossed on the scrap heap- rejected for actual lumps of clay- sob!

    Too many of us think like Rabz in the other thread :

    So shut up, fuck off, keep your grubby paws out of my wallet and stop telling me how to live my life, you narcissistic cockheads.

  11. MT Isa Miner

    Gab

    #1204488, posted on February 26, 2014 at 8:53 am

    South Australia is a mendicant joke with a State government whose policy position is a begging bowl.

    However Adelaide does have the highest number of sex shops per person than any other capital city in Australia. So there’s that.

    The capitalist ontrepenueers got to work with the markets they got, Gab.

  12. Pyrmonter

    CEDA may be a co-sponsor, but this has all the hallmarks of Adelaide Uni, the Law School in particualr: the alma mater of generations of “bluebloods for communism”.

  13. Tintarella di Luna

    It’s at times like this we need the good sense of Cnut the Great.

  14. Bruce of Newcastle

    Polly will be joined by Professor Ian Lowe

    Ian Lowe used to have a column in New Scientist back when I subscribed. It was interesting to see how he changed over the years. A couple decades ago, before the global warming era, he was lefty but could at times say reasonable things on science policy and like. But when the Greens got going and CAGW was starting to be pushed his columns became increasingly lurid and nutty. I stopped reading them completely for the final few years before I finally gave up on NS completely.

    I’d say in Miss Polly he has a fellow (astral) traveller.

  15. JohnA

    Cold-Hands #1204482, posted on February 26, 2014 at 8:51 am

    “Lawyer for the Earth”? How does the Earth pay her I wonder.

    Yes, and I would like to see the engagement letter/s too. What are the terms of the gig? How can she be fired? What compensation, if any? How are client/lawyer disputes resolved? And so forth…

  16. gabrianga

    West of Scotland, Stirling and Highlands where the hills are alive with the sound of wind farms?

    Please have sickness bag close by if you care to read the trash written about Polly Higgins by a “follower”

    She,”Polly, even makes “our Sarah” sound half demented.

  17. ralph

    Judith, not sure you are so concerned about this – she is essentially arguing that markets that course an externality that damages or destroys the environment should be accountable. You might like to ask all those in China whose fresh water supply has been polluted by industry if they would like some redress.

  18. Senile Old Guy

    For years now, her love of the environment and the law has set her on a path working towards an international law of Ecocide, to hold those responsible for the destruction of the world’s eco-systems to account.

    This rank stupidity of the highest order. The people must have to practise (somehow) to reach this level of moronic imbecility.

    Perhaps she should consider suing bacteria for putting oxygen into the atmosphere and causing the “oxygen catastrophe“?

  19. Alf

    So, a professional works in a field of interest to her and speaks publicly about her work – big deal. Isn’t that what Professor Sloan does?

  20. Grant B

    So when she’s appearing on Q&A?

  21. Ant

    For some reason I suspect Polly is going to be leeching (very handsomely) off taxpayers in one form or another until her dying day.

  22. Stephen of Glasshouse

    Her first port of call can be China. The ecocided peasants will welcome her with open arms

  23. .

    For years now, her love of the environment and the law has set her on a path working towards an international law of Ecocide, to hold those responsible for the destruction of the world’s eco-systems to account.

    So that means all the so-called “scientists” who opposed Peter Andrew’s ideas of natural sequence farming will voluntarily put themselves in gaol?

  24. cynical1

    Hundertwasser.

    Must be satire.

    Austria’s own Flannery shouting ” Ve vill be Hunderwasser if das climaten changen continues”.

    Polly is a cracker…

  25. Baldrick

    The proposed Ecocide Act can be found here … and you thought Stalin was bad!

  26. duncanm

    Gabrianga, from your link.

    Oh, and she was expelled from her Jesuit school for punching the art teacher

    What a nice piece of work.

    Peace for me (and the earth), but not for thee!

    And thanks for the barf bag warning. My takeaway quote:

    “migrate from the logic of our minds”

  27. duncanm

    Alf:

    So, a professional works in a field of interest to her and speaks publicly about her work – big deal. Isn’t that what Professor Sloan does?

    Well, yes.

    .. but I think the point is that we are free to mock Polly’s “professional … field of interest”.

    We are also free to Mock Ms Sloan’s professional interests. However, they appear to be slightly more reasonable and less open to enormous belly laughs.

  28. .

    Baldrick
    #1204664, posted on February 26, 2014 at 10:47 am
    The proposed Ecocide Act can be found here … and you thought Stalin was bad!

    The stupid bint refers to corporations as “fictional persons”. If she thinks this is a workable law, she is an even bigger crackpot than we suspected.

    Honey you don’t let your angry left wing bias write the law, because what you have here is utter garbage.

  29. South Australians don’t have skeletons in their closets – they have bodies.

  30. Alf

    .. but I think the point is that we are free to mock Polly’s “professional … field of interest”.

    Of course you are – and some of it really is begging to be mocked.

    We are also free to Mock Ms Sloan’s professional interests.

    Indeed.

    However, they appear to be slightly more reasonable and less open to enormous belly laughs.

    That’s a matter of opinion.

  31. .

    Yes, comparing a Ph D in economics and being a successful director is no better than dreaming up totalitarian law.

    Alf – is there any left wing idiocy you won’t defend?

  32. Fibro

    CEDA: Commitee for Economic Development
    Polly Waffle: Committed to Zero Development

    At least it’s not my dough

  33. Fred Furkenburger

    Now Judith look at the positive side. She will attract a large group of our nutters to one place. This will at least make it easier to round them up for treatment.

  34. handjive

    When Ms Polly Higgins is “off the grid“, then she might be taken seriously as an eco-laywer for the planet.

    As to ‘un-subscribing’, you wouldn’t have this material to work, with delivered to your email, if you did that, Ms. Judith.

    For example, when the government closed the Climate Commission servers, much reference material of failed global warming predictions was deleted, much to the detriment of history, accountability and future comedy.

    For example: Saturday 22 Feb, 2014 was the projected arrival of Ragnarok, a day that Vikings predicted all their gods would fall and our world would become engulfed in water.

    I survived that climactic Armageddon. Get your t-shirt here.

  35. Squirrel

    An international law of Ecocide would, in practice, be ignored by big powerful countries (so not much use to those suffering air and water pollution in China), and smaller developing countries would typically get a free pass (as they have with “climate change” measures) so the law would likely only be pursued with any vigour against small and middling countries which were on the nose for other reasons (unacceptable government/regime etc.) or which were not so fashionable…….like Australia.

  36. Beertruk

    Alf
    #1204717, posted on February 26, 2014 at 11:28 am
    .. but I think the point is that we are free to mock Polly’s “professional … field of interest”.

    Of course you are – and some of it really is begging to be mocked.

    We are also free to Mock Ms Sloan’s professional interests.

    Indeed.

    However, they appear to be slightly more reasonable and less open to enormous belly laughs.

    That’s a matter of opinion.

    Opinions are like arseholes Alf, everybody has one.

  37. .

    Squirrel
    #1204764, posted on February 26, 2014 at 12:22 pm
    An international law of Ecocide would, in practice, be ignored by big powerful countries (so not much use to those suffering air and water pollution in China), and smaller developing countries would typically get a free pass (as they have with “climate change” measures) so the law would likely only be pursued with any vigour against small and middling countries which were on the nose for other reasons (unacceptable government/regime etc.) or which were not so fashionable…….like Australia.

    Because fuck white men who speak English, that’s why!

  38. wazsah

    “CEDA: Commitee for Economic Development”
    actually Commitee for Economic Development of Australia
    http://www.ceda.com.au/
    I thought CEDA people were more rational – than to be associated with such GreenLeft twaddle.

    Enjoy the fallacies -
    http://pollyhiggins.com/

  39. .

    She got a TED Talk?

    I’m over TED talks. I went to CEDA once – it was bullshit.

  40. YYY guy

    Polly! Put the kettle on. Only don’t use electricity.

  41. oh dear indeed

    “‘Catallaxy’ is a word that the great libertarian philosopher and economist Friedrich Hayek coined from the Greek verb “katallattein”, which means not only “to exchange” but also “to admit in the community” and “to change from enemy into friend” – well there’s irony for you, given the tone of and commentary on this piece. The post is barely a line or two of derision, aside from the copying and pasting of text from the event invite.

    If it isn’t obvious that our economic prosperity rests on how we take care of the natural systems that is the foundation of that prosperity, and if ad hominem attacks and puerile banter is what passes for informed debate with those whose views differ to yours, then you lot are not fulfilling your own stated purpose. What an embarrassment to yourselves.

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