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Earth is Our Business: Changing the Rules of the Game [Paperback]

Polly Higgins
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8 Aug 2011
Earth is our Business takes forward the argument of Polly Higgins' first book, Eradicating Ecocide. This book proposes new Earth law, but it is also about something more than law: it advocates a new form of leadership which places the health and well-being of people and planet first. Polly Higgins shows how law can provide the tools and be a 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. Expanding on the proposal in her first book to make Ecocide an international crime, this book sets out the institutional framework for sustainable development and international environmental governance. It proposes new rules of the game to transform our economies, energy supplies and political landscape in a radical, but practical, way. 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. Instead of merely examining the problem, Earth is our Business sets out a solution: new rules of the game. They are, says Polly Higgins, a new set of laws based on the sacredness of all life. Included as appendices are a draft Ecocide Act, a proposal for revising World Bank investment rules, and the indictment used in the mock Ecocide Trial held in the UK Supreme Court in September 2011. Polly Higgins, barrister and international environmental lawyer, proposed to the United Nations in April 2010 that Ecocide be classed as the 5th Crime Against Peace alongside Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, Crimes of Aggression and War Crimes. In June 2012 world leaders will meet in Rio for the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Summit to discuss global governance mechanisms for creating a green economy. Making Ecocide a crime will be among the issues raised. Eradicating Ecocide won The People's Book Prize for non-fiction in 2011. '...the book isn't another wild diatribe against business - rather it is an examination of international law and how environmental protection has somehow been left by the wayside ...[ It] asks everyone to re-examine the legal framework within which we are attempting to accomplish this, and provides business leaders with a golden opportunity of making it happen.' corporate-eye.com

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Shepheard-Walwyn (Publishers) Ltd (8 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085683288X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856832888
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At this critical juncture in history, it is vital that we set global standards of accountability for corporations in order to put an end to the culture of impunity and double standards that pervade the international legal system. Polly Higgins illustrates how this can be achieved." --Bianca Jagger, social and human rights advocate

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Polly Higgins, barrister and international environmental lawyer, proposed to the United Nations in April 2010 that Ecocide be classed as the 5th Crime Against Peace alongside Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, Crimes of Aggression and War Crimes. In June 2012 world leaders will meet in Rio for the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Summit to discuss global governance mechanisms for creating a green economy. Making Ecocide a crime will be among the issues raised.

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A brilliant book which has totally changed the way I look at the world. This book should be read by everyone - from all Heads of State to every activist around the world. This book is so refreshing because it clearly outlines how our system can be totally restructured and finally allow the preservation of the Earth to be at the centre of international politics. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book of extraordinary relevance 5 Feb 2014
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In this book Polly Higgins deals with the problem of ecocide caused by the incompatibility of our global economic paradigm with ecological stability. She explains with clarity why ecocide should be classified as a crime against Peace in the International Criminal Court. She likens our state of consciousness regarding ecocide as similar to that of society immediately prior to the abolition of slavery in the UK. At that time Business and Economists predicted collapse of the economy if slavery was illegalized. This did not happen and the economies evolved and slaves were freed. Higgins is passionate and very well informed, making her subject fascinating to the concerned global citizen. Her solutions inspire realistic hope despite our deep concern as we progress on our path towards Earth's tipping point.
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