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Campfire Voice - 19 Dec 2018


Update April 21, 2019:

We were very sad to hear of the death of Polly Higgins this week after a short illness. The importance of her recent life's work on Ecocide will live on and she will be greatly missed, not just by family and friends.


Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

We’ve drawn inspiration for the HagueTalks on Human Rights Day… the person who fought so hard for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be adopted 70 years ago: Eleanor Roosevelt, a formidable person, who chaired the drafting committee of what’s now the most translated document in the world. What we’ll be exploring is the lived experience of that document, alongside human rights activists, engaged artists, passionate academics, and asking what relevance does the Universal Declaration have today. Many people who don’t live in a country where freedom of expression is limited don’t realise how much work there is still to do to get human rights accepted, enforced, spread.

So what can WE do, to make human rights a bigger part of our conversations? What can WE do to make human rights more universal?


Polly Higgins’ career began as a barrister in London, before taking up the mantle of one client, the Earth. Over the past decade, she has championed Ecocide law, a law to protect the Earth, to stand alongside the existing atrocity crimes. Her current focus is climate ecocide, examining the evidence to establish whether such a crime exists. How do we protect our Earth? The recent IPCC reports that to obtain a 1.5ºC cap shall require “rapid, far reaching and unprecedented changes.” Can law protect our Earth? Polly speaks on how an international crime of climate ecocide meets the challenge of our time, how we can all rise to the challenge and stand as conscientious protectors, and in so doing expedite a law that holds the possibility of averting climate breakdown.

Twitter: @PollyHiggins @mlifeforce @thisisecocide

Facebook: pollyhigginsearthlawyer/ @Ecocide

Instagram: @polly_higgins

HAGUE TALKS is a meeting place for creative minds, peace inventors and game changers in the field of peace and justice. For more info visit

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