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Eradicating Ecocide: Exposing the Corporate and Political Practices Destroying the Planet and Proposing the Laws Needed to Eradicate Ecocide Paperback – December 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shepheard-Walwyn (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856832758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856832758
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,139 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. . . . Polly Higgins illustrates how this can be achieved in her invaluable new book."  —Bianca Jagger, founder and chair, Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation Advocate for Crimes Against Present and Future Generations

"The book in general is a thorough exposition of the litany of seemingly mindless pollution and destruction that no one can deny is happening."  —Real Reform

"ForeWord Reviews is pleased to announce the 2010 Book of the Year Awards list of finalists. Representing more than 350 publishers, the finalists were selected from 1400 entries in 56 categories. These books are examples of independent publishing at its finest!" —ForeWord Reviews (March 2011)

"Higgins believes that the 'law as it currently stands is not fit for purpose.' In short, Eradicating Ecocide is a call to arms, an appeal to the protection of the environment in the face of wanton and needless destruction." —Amelia's Magazine (March 2011)

About the Author

Polly Higgins is an international environmental lawyer and an activist. She was voted one of the “World's Top-10 Visionary Thinkers” by the Ecologist Magazine.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Publius on January 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
"To eradicate ecocide means to forcibly remove the systems that are killing and destroying our habitat." (at xi)

Positive: The suggestions for legal reform are reasonable and well articulated. For example, the "Law to Prevent Ecocide": (1) Amend all compromise treaties, law, rules, and regulations: (i) replace with prohibition of all damaging and destructive practices; (ii) include provisions to enable restoration of damaged territories to be prioritized over existing practices that are premised on financial penalty alone. (at 57, 167 w/7 more principles). Climate change is a major thread weaved throughout the larger concepts.

I took a lot of notes from this -- I've read thousands and thousands of pages of climate literature, but I found lots of new information here, which made it impossible to put down and a very quick and "enjoyable" read.

Note: This book would be most useful for UK residents because it makes many references to UK laws, legal development, and UK terms of art, which are different in the U.S. Even though this text is pregnant with legal terms and sources, it is, nevertheless, accessible to anyone interested in political science and this important subject (how and why to prohibit large-scale environmental destruction).

Negative: This book, like the vast majority of political science books, notes that the major barrier to implementing the very practical and necessary changes it suggests, is corporate/money/profit interests corrupting government policy making. The need to reform lobbying is briefly discussed (at 99-104), but even with transparent processes, corporate dominance would prevent change and I am left feeling (predictably) unsatisfied: will national and international laws of ecocide ever realistically be implemented?
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