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Environmental lawyer follows the footsteps of Olof Palme

Published torsdag 10 november 2016 kl 16.30
"It's a crime to steal an apple but it's not a crime to destroy our earth"
(5:31 min)
International lawyer and environment campaigner Polly Higgins.
International lawyer and environment campaigner Polly Higgins. Credit: Dave Russell/Radio Sweden

International lawyer Polly Higgins is in Stockholm to continue her fight for a law to make ecocide a crime.

Polly Higgins, from Scotland, defines ecocide as "the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes."

Currently there is no law to protect those who cause serious damage to the biospehere and Polly Higgins has been waging a campaign for several years to introduce an international law against ecocide.

"It's a crime to steal an apple but it's not a crime to destroy vast tracts of our Earth," she tells Radio Sweden.

The international lawyer has met government officials and politicians from 48 countries. On Wednesday, she was in Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, for meetings with officials to discuss ecocide. She says Sweden is at the forefront of supporting such a law and a prominent former prime minister was actually the first to call for it to be outlawed in the 1970's.

"We're putting back in place the missing law that Olof Palme called for all those years ago," she says.

On Thursday, she received Polarbröd's Utstickar prize for what it called "her pioneering leadership for the future our planet".

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