Earth is our business: International Speaker Polly Higgins
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CEDA, together with the University of Adelaide will lead a critical discussion around Environmental Law with international environmental Lawyer Polly Higgns.
Polly Higgins, International Lawyer
Ian Lowe, the Climate Commission
Allan Holmes, CEO Dept of Environment
InterContinental Adelaide, Adelaide, SA
afternoon tea (3pm for 3.15pm to 5pm)
Join CEDA for a critical discussion about the development of
environmental law and accountability.
Polly Higgins, describes herself as a "lawyer for the earth".
For many years Polly has campaigned for an international law
of Ecocide to hold those responsible for the destruction of the
world's ecosystems to account. Recently Polly submitted a proposal
to the United Nations to recognise the Crime of Ecocide, arguing
that it is a fifth Crime against Peace that should be recognised
alongside genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes
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 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 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.
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