Law of Ecocide – Polly Higgins Continues

QPOLLY HIGGINS Installment 2 Conversation 

Polly Higgins – Lawyer for the Earth

 

HANDS OFF MOTHER EARTH

 

INVESTING IN HARM, LEGAL PERCEPTION

At the moment it is perfectly normal to invest in something that causes a little harm but “it is a necessary or good harm” !! Well Criminal Law does not recognize the difference between good and bad harm.

Criminal Law starts on the premise that it is ‘a harmʼ, then you decide just how bad that harm is. We do not make provision for something that is a “good harm” because there is not such thing as a “good harm”.

Whereby at the moment we have been lulled into a false sense of security that some harm just has to be necessary so that we can continue on with the energy and the extraction practices that we want. Criminal Law does not recognize that so, if it is causing harm, it must stop.

INTERNATIONAL ECOCIDE LAW AND APPLICATION TO THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY

ANNA CROZIER There are aspects of this disconnect in our research and educational bodies who are still turning out individuals who are tutored in chemical farming practices, our research textile domains, our man made and chemically managed textiles.

These chemicals morph into the body and disrupt the neurological pathways, endocrine pathways . It is difficult to find any areas of our human experience that is not engaged in harmful chemicals. People are unaware of these silent killers that are either on their tongue or against their skin in the textiles they wear. So chemical management of soil to the chemical management of our textiles is an entanglement that is dramatically affecting this precious vehicle called the human body.

The textile industry is known to be the most polluting industry on the planet.

Do you feel that these areas of chemically managed lands to chemically managed textiles can be addressed by Ecocide Law?

POLLY HIGGINS Yes, without a doubt. What the most important thing here is that the use of a group of chemicals is causing extensive damage and destruction to our loss of ecosystems and when we look at the human body as an ecosystem and look at it collectively so you are looking at society at large you are, of course, looking at the accumulative impact not just in isolation. So long as you can bring the evidence to bear for this to be tested in a Court of Law then you begin to start having a process that you can put in place that allows objective analysis of what is causing significant harm and if it is, then it is outlawed.

This is very important because at the moment there is no avenue to do this.

So, yes, I would say that this is one particularly industry that will be radically transformed by the Law of Ecocide.

ANNA CROZIER Yes. More than 90 percent of our textiles today are chemically managed.

UNIVERSITIES, NEGATIVE EARTH INVESTORS AND ECOCIDE LAW

ANNA CROZIER What about the Universities? Can they be addressed for their alliances to chemical companies and the wrong education for the future managers of our Earth?

POLLY HIGGINS Yes: So often what we are seeing are that Universities are bought out by certain industries. At the moment the financing of Universities are vastly compromised today by companies that are undertaking ecocidal activity. Once those companies are no longer able to operate under harmful conditions then the financing flows from those companies that reinvent themselves as non harmful or by the new companies that step into their place. So also by Law these Universities shall become research centres for the innovation in the other direction.

IT WILL BECOME UNTENABLE THAT THEY SUPPORT RESEARCH CENTRES THAT HAVE BECOME A CRIMINAL, INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY.

So we will see a turnaround in the financing of the research in the established academic world.

It has huge long term implications at every single level of the flow of finance and money and investment. Really, the power of the Law of Ecocide is that it really triggers transformation right across the board.

ANNA CROZIER This brings me to the next question on Research Bodies They have chemical hats and so they are protecting their position and vocational training of young people in the same adverse actions.

POLLY HIGGINS What is so interesting is that the focus on research will change radically as well, by Law. So if it is research into something that is contributing to the harm this is going to shift because it is going to be research into something that is going to create harmony.

We are fundamentally shifting the spectrum from harm to harmony so no longer does it become acceptable to invest in and finance and support at a State and private level that which is disruptive. I am going to give you an example.

THE BUSINESS OF WAR BECOMES A CRIME

POLLY HIGGINS Weapons of mass destruction A lot of investment goes into weapons of mass destruction on the basis of State Security. So looking at nuclear weapons. At the moment in the UK, Britain is a signatory to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty where it says that we shall not proliferate, we shall not buy and sell nuclear weapons but, we do.

In fact we even have an annual fair held in London every year where we invite in representatives from all countries of the world to buy and sell weaponry not just nuclear weapons. A lot of money is made out of the business of making these weapons because it is not a crime to be in that business.

We may have signed up documents to say we will stop the proliferation but there is no enforcement mechanism. Now, you could argue that of course, the use of nuclear weapons causes mass damage and destruction because it is Ecocide. So suddenly you are criminalizing the big business of making those weapons. You are also criminalizing the State decision to have them made as well.

SO, SUDDENLY YOU HAVE A MINISTER OF STATE SAYING “I AM NOT GOING TO SIGN UP ON THIS. I CANNOT DO THAT BECAUSE I PERSONALLY CAN BE HELD TO ACCOUNT IN A CRIMINAL COURT OF LAW.” NOW, THAT IS VERY POWERFUL.

SO THIS IS ALL ABOUT GOING TO THE HEART OF THE BUSINESS OF WAR.THERE IS A LOT OF MONEY TO BE MADE OUT OF WAR. IT IS CRIMINALIZING THE ACTUAL BUSINESS OF WAR ITSELF WHICH, AMAZINGLY, IS NOT A CRIME TODAY.

In gratitude to Polly Higgins:

ANNA CROZIER Polly, you really are the butterfly that is sending the right waves all the way around our Earth so, this threat of Ecocide Law becoming International Ecocide Law. It is the pause, the void, that we all need so all the innovations and the solutions for this Earth can enter and be applied for a wisdom based, Earth integrated existence.

Polly I love that you have arrived and that you have listened to Earthʼs voice and responded to Her in such a profound way and committed to Her as your only client. When I say “thank you” I know that this is coming from Earth and all the species that are Her inhabitants.

Love and Spirit Anna

Anna Crozier

 

Canberra. ACT. AUSTRALIA

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