Polly Higgins

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Polly Higgins is a Scottish advocate and expert in ecocide. She presented to the United Nations Law Commission a proposal for ecocide to be recognised as an international crime. Higgins is also the author of Eradicating Ecocide and creator of the first non-commercial trust fund for Earth Protectors.[1][2]


Higgins spent her childhood living on the shores of Loch Lomond in the Scottish Highlands. Her father was a meteorologist during the Second World War and the family commitment to climate and green issues influenced her early years. However, she trained as a lawyer and practiced for some years. At the end of a long case she describes looking out the window at the Court of Appeal and thinking ‘The earth is being injured and harmed as well and nothing is being done about it’ and ‘The earth is in need of a good lawyer’.[3]


Higgins is the 2017 prizewinner of the Slovakian Ekotopfilm Award;[4] she was ranked as number 35 in Salt magazine’s 2016 Top 100 Inspiring Women of the world list,[5] she was the 2016 recipient of Polarbröd‘s Utstickarpriset for Future Leadership and holder of the 2013/14 Honorary Arne Naess Professorship,[citation needed]Oslo University (non-academic). She gave the keynote Rachel Carson Speaker for the 50th Anniversary Memorial Lecture (both in London and in the Netherland. A recipient of the Honoris Causa Business Doctorate from the Business School of Lausanne, Switzerland, winner of the People's Book Award (non-fiction) for Eradicating Ecocide (2nd Edition published in 2015) and author of Earth is our Business. She is regarded as ‘One of the world’s top ten visionary thinkers’ by the Ecologist Magazine.[6] She is a founder of the Earth Law Alliance.[7]


  1. ^ "About Polly". eradicatingecocide.com. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  2. ^ "Interview: Polly Higgins, lawyer and campaigner". Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  3. ^ "Interview: Polly Higgins, lawyer and campaigner". Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  4. ^ "Honour of Ekotopfilm | Ekotopfilm". www.ekotopfilm.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  5. ^ Salt. "#35 Polly Higgins | Salt". www.wearesalt.org. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  6. ^ "Visionaries: Polly Higgins". The Ecologist. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  7. ^ "What we do - Earth Law Alliance". Earth Law Alliance. Retrieved 2018-05-20.