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Polly Higgins – End the Era of Ecocide

What are the tools we can call in to assist with the patterns of harm we see playing  out  globally?  You might  think that existing  tools are not  enough to  prevent and disrupt  our existing norms. What do we have? We have over 500 treaties, conventions, protocols and resolutions  specifically pertaining to the environment – yet none of them is supported by an enforcement mechanism. There is missing law.

Where there is no enforceability provision  in a criminal court of law, there is no accountability. More than that, the state has no legal duty of care to act on behalf of its people. Without the support of new law, we remain disempowered and hidebound by old laws that no longer work.

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