No world leader should have to plan for evacuation from the land of their ancestors. Mary Robinson was the first woman President of Ireland (1990-1997), and is a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002). Climate justice links human rights and development to achieve a human-centred approach, safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable people and sharing the burdens and benefits of climate change and its impacts equitably and fairly. In many countries and cultures, women are at the forefront of living with the reality of the injustices caused by climate change. The Nansen Initiative, launched in 2012, has been working towards a protection agenda for people displaced across borders in the context of climate change, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction also addresses issues of displacement and human mobility. I think this makes the threat of climate change more tangible. The two are not diametrically opposed. They can play a vital role as agents of change within their communities and must be empowered to do so. The Road to Paris website ran from July 2014 to April 2016. What is the role of climate justice in communicating climate change? For people forced to leave their homeland and flee across a border, there is no protection assured under existing international law. What are the risks if this does not happen? But I think conflating climate change and population growth is somewhat misleading. These principles acknowledge that the responsibility to respect human rights is a global standard of expected conduct for all businesses wherever they operate. The gender dimension of climate change, and in turn climate justice, must be highlighted. IIEA Development Matters Series 2018 supported by Irish Aid; Read more. Could the current refugee crises in the Mediterranean and elsewhere – which of course have a variety of causes – be looked at as a first test of how governments, particularly in rich countries, will react to future climate related displacement? It can also foster more collaboration within and between countries as more practical examples of best practice emerge. During COP18, the Foundation played a crucial role in supporting the ‘Doha Miracle’ gender decision under the UNFCCC which led to a work programme on gender. This will require urgent and unprecedented levels of support – the UNEP Adaptation Gap Report indicates that the global cost of adaptation could be as much as $200 or $300 billion per year by 2050 – but it is right that the rich countries responsible for the problem help to protect the culture, heritage and identity of the most vulnerable communities and countries. The challenge is to end this cycle. 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She has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate and has sought throughout her career to use law as an instrument for social change, arguing landmark cases before the European … These countries also have the least responsibility for climate change. Firstly it compels us to understand the challenges faced by those people and communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. President Tong has purchased land on Fiji as an insurance policy, should climate change drive his people from their island home. To avoid this, we must begin a global transition to a zero carbon economy immediately, and all countries must be enabled to take part. Often the people on the front lines of climate change have contributed least to the causes of the climate crisis. Some argue that we can’t solve climate change and poverty if we do nothing to stop population growth. Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, 10 things we learnt from the New York climate talks, Sharing what’s left of the carbon pie just got a little easier, Laudato Sii: 5 key facts about the environmental encyclical, Behind the scenes of the Guardian’s divestment campaign: Q&A with Francesca Panetta, Q&A with Klaus Dodds: the geopolitics of the Arctic. • Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future by Mary Robinson is published by Bloomsbury (£16.99). These advances must now be built upon so that there are robust legal measures in place to protect those people on the front lines of climate change. Climate justice also informs how we should act to combat climate change. It’s a slim, important book highlighting the work being undertaken by women around the world, pulling together to force governments and power holders to take climate change seriously. Mary Robinson—Climate justice is a moral argument in two parts. Women’s voices must be heard and their priorities supported as part of climate justice. It was only afterwards, when I was leading an organisation called ‘Realizing Rights’, that I met many farmers across Africa – mostly women – who would tell me that the seasons were no longer predictable.