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'Climate Justice' conference takes place in Glasgow
A major conference in Glasgow today has heard that the most vulnerable people in society must be protected from the effects of climate change at home in Scotland, and overseas.
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth John Swinney told the Human Rights and Climate Change conference that Scottish Government Ministers will take that message with them when they travel to the United Nations Climate Change summit in Copenhagen next month.
“We have to work together to protect those who are most at risk.”
The conference at the Glasgow Science Centre heard from a wide range of speakers including guests from Nigeria and Bangladesh, from the Eigg Community Partnership, organisations such as SEPA and the Scottish Human Rights Commission, and the former UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Mary Robinson who spoke in a special video message.
The audience of around 250 delegates included 50 young people from two Glasgow schools.
Professor Alan Miller, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, said: “The issue of ‘climate justice’ has never been more pressing.
“Climate change will affect the most vulnerable people disproportionately in Scotland as well as in the rest of the world, and we must recognise that human rights have to be upheld as part of how we deal with climate change. The event today was a landmark first step on that journey.”
Read Alan Miller's address to the conference (Word format)
Other speakers included Professor James Curran of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Nnimmo Bassey of Friends of the Earth Nigeria, Fiona Sinclair from the North Glasgow Food Initiative and Tom Flood from the British Conservation Trust.