Polly Higgins is a barrister with a mission. She visits the RSA to set out a route-map for changing the minds of CEO's and business by the creation of a new law for the Earth.
She argues that in fact Earth is all of our business and now more than ever we can emerge into a new paradigm where people and planet are put first.
Polly Higgins is a lawyer who has dedicated her life to one client - the Earth.
Polly Higgins 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.
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.