Climate Change and Climate Justice

Tuesday 1 December | 1.30 PM – 3.00 PM  FST

1 December 2020

From extreme storms, to rising sea levels and scorching temperatures, communities and countries across the Pacific region are already experiencing the devastating physical impacts and human rights consequences of our rapidly warming climate. In this session you will hear from communities, governments and business across the region who are ‘not drowning, but fighting,’ using a range of strategies, from diplomacy and adaptation, to legal tactics and protest, to confront climate change.

Responsibility for the primary causes of climate change – the extraction and burning of fossil fuels – is highly asymmetrical across the region, making this a thorny geopolitical issue. Companies active in countries like Australia and Papua New Guinea, aided by governments, continue to expand fossil fuels production, at the expense of human rights across the region. This session will address that asymmetry through the lens of climate justice.

This session aims to:

  • Highlight the connections between corporate activity, atmospheric conditions and human rights impacts;
  • Build solidarity across the region among communities and countries leading the fight for climate justice;
  • Share knowledge of different strategies and tactics being used to seek protection and respect for human rights in a climate change context, and pursue remedy;
  • Reinforce the need for business to work with communities and governments across the Pacific region to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Session organized by Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR)





    Brynn O’Brien | Executive Director, The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR)


    Samantha KumanAdvocacy Officer, Center for Environmental Law & Community Rights Inc (CELCOR), Papua New Guinea

    Tishiko King | Organising Coordinator, SEEDmob

    Alex Sen Gupta | Research scientist and Lecturer, Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) at the university of New South Wales (UNSW)

    Roberto Eugenio T. Cadiz | Commissioner, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines

    Kate Mackenzie | Consultant on climate, public policy, investment and finance, and Columnist, Bloomberg

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