University hosts first World Forum on Climate Justice

Thu, 30 May 2019 16:23:00 BST
Professor Tahseen Jafry
Professor Tahseen Jafry

Final preparations are under way for the first World Forum on Climate Justice which takes place on campus in Glasgow from the June 19-21. The event is being hosted by the Centre for Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University  in partnership with global analytics firm Elsevier

"We cannot place our faith in future technologies to fix this problem," said Professor Tahseen Jafry, who is Conference Chair and Director of the Centre for Climate Justice. "Addressing this widening disparity and the resulting climate injustice requires a concerted, collaborative effort across disciplines and I believe this Forum will help deliver that. I am excited to bring together so many leading researchers from the international scientific community and NGOs. We have been overwhelmed by the interest in this new event and it will be an important platform for fostering collaboration, networking and wider engagement in climate justice."

The inaugural conference brings together an outstanding line-up of international speakers, led by keynote speeches from Dr Mary Robinson and Dr Kerry Kennedy, who are both Honorary Graduates of the University. They will contribute to the difficult conversations the event is expected to generate around the current and future impact of climate change on the world's societies and economies. The Forum will also discuss how to promote collaboration and outline the latest science and thinking as to how this can be tackled.

Over three days, around one hundred short talks will cover the diverse challenges posed by climate change, from its impact on fair access to food and water to the spread of diseases like malaria, the growing vulnerability of communities to extreme weather events and the resulting challenges on migration and population displacement. The Forum is bringing a diverse range of expertise in the emerging field of Climate Justice together for the first time to consider the impact climate change is already having on people and their communities across the world.

WATCH a video about the Centre for Climate Justice

Follow: @GCUclimatejust and the conference Hashtag #ClimateJustice2019

Centre for Climate Justice blogs on climate change topics

Full programme information can be viewed here.