GCU Climate Justice Resource Hub Praised

25 October 2013

Professor Tahseen Jafry

Professor Tahseen Jafry

GCU’s newly launched Climate Justice Resource Hub has been highlighted by the Scottish Government.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse updated Holyrood on the project after its successful launch at the Government’s International Conference on Climate Justice, held in Edinburgh earlier in October.

Mr Wheelhouse told the parliament about three new initiatives announced at the conference, including the new GCU resource hub which will bring academia’s most influential climate justice research to a wider audience, including campaigners, teachers and charities. The other initiatives included bursaries and new written resources.

Mr Wheelhouse said: “The poor and vulnerable will be the first and worst affected by climate change. That is the stark reality.
“These initiatives ensure we remain committed to helping those who have contributed the least to this global problem. It is a moral obligation that we have and one that we will continue to work to improve.”

GCU Honorary Graduate, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former Irish president Dr Mary Robinson – whose foundation supported the creation of the database – said: “Professor Tahseen Jafry and her team at GCU have compiled over 1,000 entries of climate justice research conducted over the past ten years.

“I congratulate Glasgow Caledonian University on taking the initiative to develop this important repository of information which will be an invaluable resource for all of us working on climate justice.”

Professor Jafry said the project came from her own personal drive to address the needs of the most vulnerable communities across the world in particular women and children. “I hope the resource hub will inspire people and continue to grow as it takes the lead in new debates, discussion and dialogue on climate justice.”