Polly’s diagnosis, your help…
We didn't expect to be writing this, and you may perhaps have heard the news through the grapevine. To begin with let me say that Polly, in her uniquely practical and positive way, is seeing this as a challenge, not a tragedy. Please bear with us and read with an open heart - and please also see "Polly's Million Protectors" at the end of this mail.
Last week Polly was diagnosed with advanced and pervasive cancer (lungs, spine, liver, sternum, oesophagus) and a startling medical prognosis of around 6 weeks to live. It was pretty much the surprise to us that it is to you - she'd had a bad chest infection which led to pneumonia on one side, but we thought she was firmly on the mend, only to be told this.
Now if you know anything about Polly, you will know that she has never been stopped by anybody's expectations or predictions.
We're treating this as the biggest intention experiment we've yet undertaken. Given, within the framework of western medicine, there is literally nothing to be done, Polly has nothing to lose by taking a completely different approach.
Since we first told our local friends, a fast-growing and international community has responded with advice, practical support and many offers of healing, and she is already embarking on a dynamic anti-cancer diet protocol and several alternative kinds of therapy.
if you would like to join our Healing Pollyexperiment, you can do so in a very precise way: at 6pm UK time every day (set an alarm on your phone!) “tune in” and hold the following intention for 10-12 minutes:
Our intention is that Polly (Pauline) Helène Higgins be permanently and completely free of all cancer, infections and inflammations, that her immune system be strong and healthy, and that she be healthy and well in every way.
We already have hundreds of people tuning in - it's quite incredible. You can also ask to join the Facebook group Extrapollydocious on which people can post messages for Polly, so that she can go there from time to time when she has the energy. You can also check this group for updates on how she is doing - it will give you a sense of the extraordinary degree to which Polly is loved and valued by so many.
Please do not try to contact Polly directly as she is not able to deal with personal communications right now.
The legal work continues...
Climate Ecocide as a Crime Against Humanity?
We fully expect Polly to defy medical prediction and return to the helm - but even if she does not, our expert legal team of criminal lawyers and evidence experts is continuing undeterred.
The particular focus this year is to prepare and submit a prosecution test case file for climate ecocide under provision 7.1k of the Rome Statute: Crimes Against Humanity ("other inhumane acts"). This is the natural continuation of the investigative work that began last autumn and led to our event in The Hague in December.
An excellent independent summary of this approach recently appeared in the Jacobin by journalist Kate Aronoff, whose extremely well-informed piece can be read HERE.
This approach will test the boundaries of the existing remit of the Rome Statute. We have plenty of evidence that climate ecocide is indeed an atrocity crime. What we aim to test is whether a case can be legally made that it can be tried under Article 7.1k. If so, we have discovered the first major criminal-law tool to address climate breakdown. If not, we have highlighted the clear need for a standalone crime of ecocide. It's a win-win - stay tuned.
Clarifying our messaging
Our online presence will this year be moving in two distinct directions. Over the next 3 months or so, the international legal side of things will migrate to OneEarthOneLaw.org and address the legal world, which is where it truly belongs. The campaigning side will focus on the Earth Protector movement, with the aim of building from our current few thousand to a million Earth Protectors... this will create the visibility that ecocide crime needs - so that those wishing to derail the process cannot sweep progress under the carpet or try to bribe small states to keep away from it. Signup will be via IAmAnEarthProtector.org. Both the above domains are already active (though redirecting for now), so there will be no difficulty migrating when the time comes.
Polly's million protectors
We aware that the odds are stacked against Polly right now. And if there is one thing she would dearly love to see happen, it is a huge upswell of public support for ecocide law.
Polly would love to live to see a million Earth Protectors.
Will you set yourself a challenge to help make that happen? You can now forward the link IAmAnEarthProtector.org which goes straight to the signup form - and all it takes for your friends to sign up is 2 minutes and a fiver. It seems so little, but it's a declaration of where you stand - of what you stand for: a healthy planet safe from harm. A small act to help bring about a big change.
May the lifeforce be with us all, & may Polly's own Lifeforce win through.