13th February 2016, 7.30pm
The Earth’s Lawyer follows Polly Higgins and her ‘earth guardians’ on their missions throughout 2015. This militant lawyer combines compassion and charm with conviction and decisiveness. In special sessions she teaches people how to use their own talents in a practical way for a sustainable planet.
Our world knows four international crimes: war crimes, genocide, torture and crimes against humanity. Both Spanish examining magistrate Baltasar Garzon and Scottish lawyer Polly Higgins believe that this list of serious violations of international law should be expanded with a fifth: ecocide. Will Garzon and Higgins eventually succeed in gaining enough support to get recognition for ecocide, truly putting the large scale destruction of our ecosystems high on the international political agenda once and for all?
‘The Earth’s Lawyer’ will be followed by a short talk from Lucy Rees from the ‘End Ecocide on Earth’ campaign. There will then be an opportunity for discussion over tea and locally-made cake.
The event takes place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RH. Entry is free, but we will ask for donations after the film to help us cover costs.