The campaign to protect the Earth by criminalising ecocide was the life’s work of UK barrister and visionary Polly Higgins. She spent the last decade making the word “ecocide” globally understood by giving talks, making documentaries and advising governments. Along the way she inspired thousands, from parliamentarians to ecologists and from lawyers to artists. She devoted all her time and unquenchable spirit to one client - the Earth.

When this site was initially launched, Polly was seriously ill with a fast-spreading cancer. She passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday 21st April 2019. Her warmth, determination and positivity remained undimmed to the end, and she lived to see her call for ecocide law being taken up by the growing climate activist movements.



Her legal and campaign teams, now co-ordinated by Polly’s close colleague and co-founder of the campaign Jojo Mehta (speaking below), are fully committed to carrying her work forward - with your help and that of many thousands of Earth Protectors across the world.



Polly’s spirit will live on in all who know it is time for serious harm to the Earth to be named - and prevented. It is our job to Stop Ecocide: Change the Law and ensure that ecosystem destruction becomes a crime. It won’t just be the law that changes then, but the whole course of history.

For more information about Polly and ecocide law, go to

“Why do we wait until someone has passed away before we honour them? I believe we should overcome our embarrassment, and say it while they are with us.
In this spirit, I want to tell you about the world-changing work of Polly Higgins.”

George Monbiot 28th March 2019

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