In April 2010 Polly Higgins proposed to the United Nations that Ecocide be made a crime. In September 2010 her book, Eradicating Ecocide: Laws and Governance to Prevent the Destruction of our Planet, was published and won the People's Book Prize for non-fiction in 2011. Her second book, Earth is our Business; Changing the Rules of the Game has just been published and Polly won the People and the Environment's 2012 Overall Champion Award.
Ecocide, the 5th Crime against Peace
In 2010 Polly Higgins, international lawyer and award-winning author of Eradicating Ecocide, proposed into the United Nations an international law of Ecocide to prohibit extensive damage, destruction to or loss of ecosystems of a given territory. Ecocide is a law that gives legal weight to the Earth's right to life.