I Dare You To Be Great explores Polly Higgins’ story as an Earth lawyer as she discovers how we can create a legal duty of care for the Earth – a law of Ecocide. We have a choice: break our chains and create a greater freedom, or remain enslaved to an era of Ecocide. Polly invites in a conversation of a different kind; firing up a neural pathway of exploration that takes us into the unknown yet expands our vision of what our legacy could be. Sharing her insights, she sheds a light on what is possible – a vision far greater and more beautiful than we have dared before.

Greatness is a quest: one that speaks to all of us. By daring to be great – rediscovering how to use the creativity, passion and power that lie within us – we can find freedom and inspiration to break the cycles of harm playing out in our world. This is the message of a new and inspiring book by prizewinning author Polly Higgins.

I Dare You To Be Great, due out on November 1st, 2014, £6.99.

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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.

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Changing the rules of the game

Earth is our Business 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.

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Contributing Chapters by Polly Higgins

Polly has contributed chapters to a number of books, including Exploring Wild Law: the philosophy of Earth Jurisprudence, edited by Peter Burdon and Small World, Big Ideas edited by Satish Kumar. Polly also contributes to legal and non-legal, academic and non-academic publications.

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Gradido – Natural Economy of Life

by Bernd Hückstädt

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.

This is a book to share; you can download it here or buy it here. Each Sponsor Edition that is bought raises funds for the Gradido Academy and the Earth Community Trust.

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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