Polly Higgins, Scottish environmentalist, Died at 50

Polly Higgins died on April 21, 2019 from cancer; she was a Scottish advocate and specialist in ecocide. She presented to the United Nations Law Commission a proposal for ecocide to be recognised as an international crime.

Polly was also the author of Eradicating Ecocide and creator of the first non-commercial trust fund for Earth Protectors.

Polly spent her childhood living on the shores of Loch Lomond in the Scottish Highlands.


Her father was a meteorologist during the Second World War, and the family commitment to climate and green issues influenced her early years.

However, Polly trained as a lawyer and practised for some years. At the end of a long case, she described looking out the window at the Court of Appeal and thinking ‘The earth is being injured and harmed as well and nothing is being, done about it’ and ‘The earth needs a good lawyer’.

Polly Higgins passed away on April 21, 2019, from aggressive cancer at age 50. In March 2019, George Monbiot stated that Higgins was, diagnosed and that cancer has spread through much of her body.

The doctors have told her she has six weeks to live.”