Human Rights Defender Launch - Climate Justice Special Issue

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This special issue of Human Rights Defender reminds us that we all have power to make progress on the issue of climate justice.

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The scale of achieving climate justice may seem daunting, and never more so than in this year of pandemic.

This special issue of Human Rights Defender reminds us that rather than be overwhelmed, it is critical that we all focus on what we individually can do.

The Climate Justice issue brings together stories of the actual and potential impacts of climate change - from Torres Strait Islands to the highlands of the Andes - and highlights some of the tools available to pressure governments and corporations to change their policies and practices.

To launch the issue, ABC TV presenter Craig Reucassel is joined by Guest Editor Andy Symington and special guest contributors to the magazine for an online discussion that will include first-hand accounts of climate change impacts, and consider change through grassroots activism, legal and political reform.

Speakers:

• Zali Steggall, Independent Member of Parliament who is pushing for a binding Australian target on emissions

• Greg Mullins, Former New South Wales fire chief and global expert on bushfires who advocates for climate action

• Yessie Mosby, Torres Strait Islander who has taken a complaint about Australia’s lack of action on climate issues to the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee

• Andy Symington, PhD candidate at UNSW and Guest Editor, who argues that we all have power to make progress on the issue of climate justice.

Moderator: Craig Reucassel, presenter, prankster and planet promoter who hosts the popular ABC Television programs War on Waste, The Fight for Planet A: The Climate Challenge and Big Weather (and how to survive it).

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5pm-6pm AEDT (Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra)/ Calculate your local time here.

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Cover image:

Rebecca Mayo, Habitus 2017

Installation view Heide, Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, for CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 festival.

For this installation, Rebecca Mayo reflected on the history of the Heide site to create imagery for a series of cloth sandbags. Printed with dyes made from indigenous and introduced plants gathered locally by the artist, they were stacked to form a wall in the exhibition space, symbolising the crisis point of climate change and highlighting the cumulative impact of everyday and habitual activities.

Curator: Lesley Harding, Heide Museum of Modern Art

Photo: Matthew Stanton

Reproduced with the kind permission of the artist, Heide and CLIMARTE

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