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“Dare to be great”

  • by JW

at the Stroud Book Festival:

Polly Higgins called for Ecocide to be made an international crime.


Back in 2012, the green campaigner Polly Higgins gave a talk at TEDx Exeter:

Ecocide: the 5th Crime Against Peace

Homicide against people, genocide against population, we need a new language to describe what is happening against the earth – ecocide. Can we make ecocide into a crime?

Polly Higgins – TEDxExeter

And in 2014 she was at the Schumacher College at Dartington:

Polly Higgins has called for Ecocide to be made an international crime and to create a legal duty of care. 

Earth Talk Video: I Dare You To Be Great – Polly Higgins | Schumacher College

She died last year:

Polly Higgins – Wikipedia

Polly Higgins, lawyer who fought for recognition of ‘ecocide’, dies aged 50 | Environment | The Guardian

But her last book has been republished:

Dare to be Great — Stop Ecocide

And this week, it was being considered at the Stround Book Fesitval:



Join us to celebrate both the publication of “Dare to Be Great” and Polly’s extraordinary legacy, with the help of three writers who have taken inspiration from Polly and her work to Stop Ecocide across the globe.

Jini Reddy is an award-winning journalist and the author of “Wanderland: A Search for Magic in the Landscape”, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Wainwright Prize.

Jonathon Porritt is a renowned writer, broadcaster and campaigner on sustainable development, and the co-founder of Forum for the Future. His latest book is “Hope in Hell: A Decade to Confront the Climate Emergency”.

Maddy Harland is a pioneer of permaculture and regenerative practices. She co-founded Permanent Publications in 1990 and Permaculture Magazine in 1992 to explore traditional and new ways of living in greater harmony with the Earth. She is the author of “Fertile Edges: Regenerating Land, Culture and Hope”.

Chaired by: Anita van Rossum In association with Stop Ecocide; Sponsored by Flint Books

DARE TO BE GREAT: A Tribute to Polly Higgins – YouTube

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