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
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.