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This website should be considered a pre-2016 archive.
I am currently director and co-ordinator of Stop Ecocide
co-founded in November 2017 with ecocide law expert Polly Higgins
(1968-2019), who is sadly no longer with us.
This hugely exciting and expanding global campaign is more than a full time job, which is why my own website is so woefully out of date right now! A new personal site will replace it if we ever have time to stop for breath.
Indian (Parsi), German, Irish and English. My grandfathers were religious leaders
(one Buddhist, one Christian), my grandmothers were an actress and a radical leftwing doctor, and my parents are musicians, writers and teachers.
I have a first class degree from Oxford (Mod Langs 1996), a masters from London (Anthropology 1999);
I've designed computers, websites, toys, clothing and furniture; I've run companies, educational tours and parents groups and
spent years as an activist and researcher with particular focus on environmental, health and children's concerns.
I believe in freedom based on a principle of "first, do no harm".
I take action where I see it is needed, according to my particular skills. This is something I believe we can all do,
if we only give ourselves permission.
My approach is a bit like Ready Steady Cook: "here are the ingredients available,
you have this amount of time to create and execute a recipe...".
This is how I ended up putting all the MPs on legal notice (see Actions
). I'm also a big believer in following the white rabbit.
Because I care. As I believe many, many of us do.
The moment that got me out of my "activist's armchair" (happily signing petitions and sending emails)
was my discovery of fracking in the spring of 2013.
overheard me talking about it and burst into floods of tears.
"Why do people want to poison the ground and the water, Mummy? Don't they know they will get ill themselves?
You have to call them Mummy and tell them to stop..."
At 5 years old she had a clear understanding that harming the earth means harming ourselves, and wanted to know what I was going to do about it.
I realised I was being invited to step into the ability to respond - to my daughter, but also to her friends, and their friends... because after all
it is from our children that we are borrowing this beautiful Earth. Working to prevent harm to the Earth feels a bit like being a parent - often challenging and frustrating,
but lots of fun, and worth the effort like nothing else.
It also has the same moral imperative.
Harming a child is a crime. Knowingly or
recklessly allowing a child to be harmed is a crime.
I believe that harming the Earth is likewise a crime, and is beginning to be recognised as a crime.
To recognise this is to act accordingly, as we would to protect our own and each others' children - which
is exactly what we are doing.
My dearist wish is to return a thriving Earth to my children - to all our children, and to theirs. I don't consider that an impossible mission, however grim things may look right now.
I consider it my mission... all of our mission, should we choose to accept it. A heartfelt wish is a very powerful thing, if one is prepared to act on it.