In Eradicating Ecocide: laws and governance to prevent the destruction of our planet, international environment lawyer and barrister Polly Higgins sets out to demonstrate how ‘compromise’ laws have caused the problem and why we can destroy the Earth without consequence. The solution offered is to create a law of Ecocide, the 5th Crime Against Peace. Such a law will hold to account heads of corporate bodies as well as other ‘natural persons’ in positions of superior responsibility.
The opportunity to implement this law represents a crossroads in the fate of humanity; Higgins argues that we can accept this one change and in doing so govern our Earth for future generations, or we can continue to destroy it, risking future wars over disappearing resources. Eradicating Ecocide is a crash course on what laws work, what doesn’t and was the 2011 winner of the People’s Book Prize for non-fiction.
Earth is our Business: changing the rules of the game takes forward the proposal of Polly Higgins’ first book, Eradicating Ecocide. This book examines in greater detail the missing law of Ecocide. Polly advocates that law and carbon trading mechanisms are not enough: Polly advocates a new form of leadership which places the health and well-being of people and planet first. This book demonstrates how law can provide the tools to build the bridge to a new way of doing business. She argues, in fact, that Earth is the business of us all, not the exclusive preserve of the executives of the world’s top corporations.
Earth is our Business is groundbreaking; no other book proposes law that comprehensively changes the rules of the game. Ecocide is a law that will transform our economies, energy supplies and political landscape. The implications of Polly Higgins’ proposal are far-reaching and profound. Like her award-winning first book, Earth is our Business is written for anyone who is engaging in the new and emerging discourse about the future of our planet.
Contributing Chapters by Polly Higgins
“The Gradido is the solution which learns from nature – and which economists have unknowingly been waiting for! I commend Bernd Hückstädt’s thought-provoking book for the visionary journey he takes us on, for its easy accessibility and for the Gandhian simplicity of his suggestions. It is a concept which provides adaptable tools for some of the most complex situations of our time, which avoids the separation of environmental, social, economic and spiritual issues.” Diana Schumacher OBE, co-founder of the Schumacher Society, the Gandhi Foundation UK, New Economics Foundation (nef) and the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF)
Gradido – Natural Economy of Life by Bernd Hückstädt is a book for a new world. Setting out a path to a new economy, it looks to nature as a guide to building harmonious economies. Polly Higgins has written the opening for the Special Wish20 Sponsor Edition. In it she explores how we can end the existing economic model and how a law of Ecocide can bring to an end our current economic crisis.
Gradido – Natural Economy of Life is a monetary and economic model patterned on nature. It proposes a basic starting income for every person, an ample national budget for every country and an additional Equalisation and Environment Fund for decontaminating the environment. The self-regulating system keeps the money supply, and hence prices, stable. Bernd Hückstädt demonstrates how modelling economics on nature can ease previously impoverished countries and the so-called industrialised nations into a system that promotes peace. You can become part of the Gradido economy by entering their online marketplace here.
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