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Climate Justice: Basic Rights for People & Planet

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3-5 Thorpe Close


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"Environmental security and human rights are profoundly intertwined. The natural environment is our life-support system. Its destruction represents a fundamental erosion of basic human rights." - Environmental Justice Foundation

Climate Justice is a Human Rights issue. Join us for an evening forum of talks, panels, music and spoken word exploring climate change, human rights, and global inequality.

Joining us are:
Amnesty International • Human Rights Consortium • Environmental Justice Foundation • Global Justice Now • Land Worker's Alliance • WaterAid • Via Campesina

• Spoken Word from Mr Gee, Ollie Feather & Wilson Oryema
Food by the Grain Store (Portobello)
Music from Ollie Clark & Band


6:00 - Doors open, food available!

6:30 - 15 minute talks from:

  • Chiara Liguori, Amnesty International, policy advisor on environment & human rights

  • Dorothy Grace Guerrero, Global Justice Now, Head of Policy

  • Damien Short, the Human Rights Consortium, director & Reader in Human Rights

  • Steve Trent, Environmental Justice Foundation, Co-Founder and Executive Director

  • Mala Rao, WaterAid Trustee; Senior Clinical Fellow at Imperial College London; Medical Adviser for Workforce Race Equality Strategy Implementation Team, NHS England

  • Jyoti Fernandes, Land Workers' Alliance & Via Campesina

8:00 - Break

8:15 - Panel discussion + Q&A

9:00 - Spoken Word, Food, Music

10:30 - Event ends


Climate change revolves around global inequality and demonstrates the mass destruction fueled by our consumerist growth economy. It is not ‘just’ environmental. It is an ethical, political and social issue — a matter of justice and human rights. The catastrophe we are witnessing today will affect every one of us and every life-form on the planet. But crucially, it is the weakest and most vulnerable in society who will be affected first and most severely.

Scientists, campaigners and lawyers will give us the inside track into what is happening right now and introduce us to some of the work that is being done around the globe by the people driving climate solutions. From the front-lines of climate change to the corridors of power, we will come to understand what’s what and what we can do about it.

At Advaya we believe that through awareness we evolve. We see crisis as an opportunity for positive change through co-creation and celebration. True to form, the day will be filled with story, music, food and connection.



Policy Adviser, Amnesty International

Chiara is Policy Adviser on Environment and Human Rights at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International. She leads on developing the policy and strategy work on climate change and human rights. She is committed about fighting climate change from a human rights perspective and has been involved in shaping Amnesty's work on climate change and human rights even before being appointed to her current position. Previously she worked as Caribbean researcher in Amnesty’s Americas Program, as Human Rights Officer at the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti and as Programme Officer at UNDP Comoros.



Head of Policy at Global Justice Now

Dottie joined Global Justice Now in January 2017. Her work as organiser, researcher/analyst, educator, and campaigner in social movements and NGOs spans almost 30 years. She works on and writes about climate change and energy issues, impacts of globalised trade and investments on people’s livelihoods in Asia, China‘s new role in the global political economy and other economic justice concerns. Originally from the Philippines, she has worked in the local, regional and international levels and has lived in The Netherlands, Germany, Thailand and South Africa. She previously worked with the Asian regional organisation Focus on the Global South, Asienhaus Deutschland and Institute for Popular Democracy in the Philippines. She also worked as guest lecturer in MA Development Programs in universities in Asia and Germany.



Co-Founder & Executive Director, Environmental Justice Foundation

Steve Trent is co-founder and Director of EJF. He has over 25 years of experience in environmental advocacy and has undertaken field research and undercover investigations, trained environmental advocates and led successful campaigns in over 30 countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Vietnam.

Steve has pioneered EJF’s campaigns on ending environmental abuses and forced labour in cotton production, protecting human rights in seafood production, and reducing the impacts of toxic pesticides on people and wildlife. He has presented evidence to national governments, numerous intergovernmental organisations such as the European Union, World Bank and Interpol, along with multiple UN agencies. Steve also co-founded, and was President of WildAid where he managed programmes tackling illegal wildlife trade in China and India. Prior to this he was Campaigns Director at the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).



Director of the Human Rights Consortium and Reader in Human Rights, SAS, University of London

Dr Damien Short is Director of the Human Rights Consortium (HRC) and a Reader in Human Rights at the School of Advanced Study. He has spent his entire professional career working in the field of human rights, both as a scholar and human rights advocate. He has researched and published extensively in the areas of indigenous peoples’ rights, genocide studies, reconciliation projects and environmental human rights. He is currently researching the human rights impacts of extreme energy processes (e.g Tar Sands and Fracking - see our designated HRC website http://extremeenergy.org) . Dr Short is a regular academic contributor to the United Nation’s ‘Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ and an academic consultant for the ‘Ethical Trade Task Force’ of the Soil Association. He is also Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Human Rights (Taylor and Francis) and Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Human Rights in the Commonwealth (University of London) and convenor of the British Sociological Association’s Sociology of Rights Study Group and an active member of the International Network of Genocide Scholars. Dr Short has also worked with a variety of NGOs including Amnesty International, War on Want, Survival International, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs; and with a range of campaign groups including Eradicating Ecocide, Biofuelwatch, Climate Justice Collective and the UK Tar Sands Network. He currently advises local anti-fracking groups in the UK and county councils on the human rights implications of unconventional (extreme) energy extraction processes such as fracking.



Senior Clinical Fellow at Imperial College London; Medical Adviser for Workforce Race Equality Strategy Implementation Team, NHS England; and Trustee for WaterAid.

Professor Mala Rao is an NHS public health physician by background, her career spanning public health practice, policy and research in the national and global arenas, has included working as Head of Public Health Workforce and Capacity Building for England and Vice Chair of NHS England’s Workforce Race Equality Strategy Advisory Group. Her proudest achievements are in workforce development for improving health, strengthening health systems and environmental health.

Mala has advised internationally on public health and health care and has fostered close links between the UK and health institutions in the developing world, especially in India. Under the aegis of the UK Global Health Strategy, she was the founding Director of the first Institute of Public Health established by the Public Health Foundation of India.

Mala's concern for and understanding of the health impacts of climate change and environmental degradation have grown over the past 3 decades. Deeply committed to health and social equality, she has become internationally recognised for raising awareness of the impacts of climate change on health, especially the health of women and children, and for championing universal access to good quality health care, safe water and sanitation. Determined to make public health everybody's business and responsibility, she has championed the involvement of professions such as urban planning in improving health, and the water and sanitation professions and industry in tackling the global challenges of water scarcity, water quality, extreme weather events and water conservation.

Her publications include the highly commended 2009 book, ‘The Health Practitioner’s Guide to Climate Change’ which she co-edited, and which has been referred to as a 'wake-up call' for the health professions. In 2010, she was invited to lead the writing of the health chapter of Government of India's 4 by 4 Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change and a DFID commissioned study, of the state of preparedness of Indian states to address the health impacts of climate change. In 2015, she was one of 3 global experts invited to join Sanofi’s climate change and health advisory board during its preparation to contribute to the 2015 UN COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris.

In addition to her research, publications and advocacy, she is delighted to be contributing to global public health and environmental sustainability



Chair person and Campaigns Coordinator, Via Campesina & Land Worker’s Alliance

Jyoti is a campaigns coordinator currently working on a campaign to influence DEFRA to adopt more policies to promote food sovereignty. She is also a member of the coordinating committee of the European Coordination of La Via Campesina and works to represent small-scale producers around Europe in the European and Global agricultural institutions. Jyoti is also a Dorset smallholder farmer on a 20 acre low impact holding with Jersey cows, goats, pigs, vegetables and apple juice, cider cheese, and other processed products. She is also a caterer, butcher, and land rights activist (mostly helping people gain planning permission).


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