Film of the Bristol Green Week Schumacher Lecture 2012: The Politics and Ethics of Change

The Politics and Ethics of Change, Speakers: Caroline Lucas MP (Leader of the Green Party), Patrick Curry (author, Ecological Ethics) & Polly Higgins (Eradicating Ecocide). Caroline, Britain’s first Green Party MP, reflects on how major environmental issues fare in the political world; Patrick advocates an ethical approach to nature and Polly updates us on the major piece of global lawmaking she has initiated with her campaign to eradicate Ecocide.


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Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas is leader of the Green Party as well as its first MP, representing Brighton Pavilion. She served as an MEP from 1999 until 2010 and as an Oxfordshire councillor previously.

She is Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fuel Poverty, as well as Vice Chair of the Animal Welfare, Public and Commercial Services, Sustainable Housing and CND All Party Parliamentary Groups. She is also a member of the Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee.

Caroline continues to be an active campaigner on a range of issues and has been voted the UK’s most ethical politician in 2007, 2009 and 2010 by readers of the Observer. She is also in the Environment Agency’s Top 100 Eco-Heroes of all time.

Patrick Curry

Patrick Curry is a writer and independent scholar living in London. Formerly a lecturer at Bath Spa University and the University of Kent, he earned his PhD at University College London.

He is the author of several books of cultural history, most recently a revised edition of Ecological Ethics: An Introduction (2011). Patrick reviews books for History Today, New Statesman, The Guardian, The Independent and (most often) the Times Literary Supplement; appeared on two television programmes; and taken part in two programmes on BBC Radio Four. He also appears in interviews of two of the three extended New Line DVD’s on The Lord of the Rings.

Polly Higgins

Polly Higgins is a barrister, author and creator of new laws to protect the Earth. Voted by the Ecologist as one of the Worlds Top 10 Visionary Thinkers, Polly advanced to the United Nations the proposal for Ecocide to be made a crime, the 5th Crime Against Peace, to sit alongside Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes and Crimes of Aggression.

Polly has received various nominations and has been named The Planet’s lawyer by the 2010 Performance Awards. She was identified as one of the top unreasonable people’ in the world by the cult US online magazine Planet Green for refusing to accept the norm and hailed by The Guardian as one of their Green Heroes working for the right kind of environmental change.

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