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Tuesday, December 1 • 13:30 - 15:00
Climate change and climate justice

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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)

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Brynn O'Brien

Executive Director, The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR)
Brynn O’Brien is the Executive Director of the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility (ACCR). ACCR promotes better performance of Australian listed companies on environmental and social issues, and especially on climate change. As an active shareholder organisation, ACCR... Read More →

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Tishiko King

Organising Coordinator, SEEDmob
Tishiko King is a proud Torres Strait Islander with strong connections to Masig and Badu Islands and is the Community Organiser at Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network. In addition to her work at Seed, Tish volunteers as an impact coordinator with the Environmental Film Festival... Read More →
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Alex Sen Gupta

Research scientist and Lecturer, Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) at the university of New South Wales (UNSW)
Alex is a climate scientist and oceanographer based at the Climate Change Research Center. His work revolves around the role of the ocean in the climate system. His interests include: how the ocean controls regional climate (like rainfall over land), how climate change will affect... Read More →
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Roberto Eugenio T. Cadiz

Commissioner, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines
Commissioner Roberto Eugenio T. Cadiz was appointed to the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines in 2015, where he now handles Business and Human Rights, Sustainable Development Goals, Crisis and Conflict, International Humanitarian Law, and Peace. He also supervises the... Read More →
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Kate Mackenzie

Consultant on climate, public policy, investment and finance, and Columnist, Bloomberg
Kate Mackenzie is an independent consultant who advises organisations pursuing the Paris Agreement goals on climate change, particularly in relation to finance and economics, strategy, and communication. She is also a regular contributor for Bloomberg Green, where she writes the... Read More →
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Samantha Kuman

Advocacy Officer, Center for Environmental Law & Community Rights Inc (CELCOR), Papua New Guinea
Samantha Kuman is an Advocacy Officer for the Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights Inc, is a not for profit public interest environmental law firm. CELCOR seeks to provide legal advice and assistance to landowners, Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) and NGO’s involved... Read More →

Tuesday December 1, 2020 13:30 - 15:00 GMT+12
Britannia room 1 Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji