Magnusson Lecture 2011

10 October 2011

Magnusson Lecture 2011

Dr Mary Robinson

Scotland can lead the world in the campaign for climate justice, according to climate change campaigner and former President of Ireland Dr Mary Robinson.
The former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was delivering the
Glasgow Caledonian University Magnusson Lecture 2011 before an audience of nearly 500 people.
Dr Robinson spoke of her recent visit to Somalia and her anger that famine was being declared in the 21st century world. 
She called for action from countries which have benefited most from fossil fuel-based economic growth to help the most vulnerable nations address climate change.
Dr Robinson said: “Scotland is numbered amongst the few countries to adopt climate change legislation. Enshrining your mitigation commitments in law demonstrates not just a desire to act but also a willingness to be held accountable by your citizens and the international community.
“You are investing in the transition from oil to renewables, showing what can be done and carving out a future for your industry and your citizens. I see the potential to share these advances with those in the developing world that have yet to benefit from a life with electricity.”
Dr Robinson said it was vital to take a ‘human rights and developmental approach’ to combating climate change.
She said: “The countries that have yet to benefit from strong economic growth have the right to do so. The least developed countries aspire to higher levels of GDP, greater prosperity and improved service provision for their citizens.
“The challenge they face, and that we as members of the global community have to help find a solution to, is to develop and grow without reliance on greenhouse gas emitting fossils fuels. We have the technology, the skills, the innovators but we need to match this with a vision and investment for the long term and a commitment to more ethical and equitable globalization.”

Scotland can lead the world in the campaign for climate justice, according to climate change campaigner and former President of Ireland Dr Mary Robinson.

The former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was delivering the Glasgow Caledonian University Magnusson Lecture 2011 before an audience of almost 500 people.

Dr Robinson spoke of her recent visit to Somalia and her anger that famine was being declared in the 21st century world. 

She called for action from countries which have benefited most from fossil fuel-based economic growth to help the most vulnerable nations address climate change.

Dr Robinson said: “Scotland is numbered amongst the few countries to adopt climate change legislation. Enshrining your mitigation commitments in law demonstrates not just a desire to act but also a willingness to be held accountable by your citizens and the international community.

“You are investing in the transition from oil to renewables, showing what can be done and carving out a future for your industry and your citizens. I see the potential to share these advances with those in the developing world that have yet to benefit from a life with electricity.”

Dr Robinson said it was vital to take a ‘human rights and developmental approach’ to combating climate change.

She said: “The countries that have yet to benefit from strong economic growth have the right to do so. The least developed countries aspire to higher levels of GDP, greater prosperity and improved service provision for their citizens.

“The challenge they face, and that we as members of the global community have to help find a solution to, is to develop and grow without reliance on greenhouse gas emitting fossils fuels. We have the technology, the skills, the innovators but we need to match this with a vision and investment for the long term and a commitment to more ethical and equitable globalization.”

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