Climate emergency a defining human rights issue for today’s youth says Naidoo

Kumi Naidoo will give fifth international human rights lecture of the Mary Robinson Centre on Friday

Kumi Naidoo travels to Ballina on Friday to deliver the Fifth International Human Rights Lecture of the Mary Robinson Centre.

Kumi Naidoo travels to Ballina on Friday to deliver the Fifth International Human Rights Lecture of the Mary Robinson Centre.

After an extensive period of storms and flooding, the changing pattern of Ireland’s weather is become ever more evident and ever more understood as the effects of climate change on our country.

Shedding light on the challenges and unequal impacts of climate change, social justice campaigner Kumi Naidoo travels to Ballina this Friday, March 6 to deliver the Fifth International Human Rights Lecture of the Mary Robinson Centre. Mr Naidoo’s work focuses on the intersection between human rights and climate justice.

While Secretary General of Amnesty International, Kumi Naidoo wrote to over 30,00 schools around the world, urging them to allow students to join last September’s climate strikes, saying: "The climate emergency is the defining human rights issue for this generation of children. Its consequences will shape their lives in almost every way imaginable."

Amnesty International awarded its prestigious ‘Ambassador of Conscience’ award for 2019 to the ‘Fridays for Future’ student protest movement in recognition of their pivotal role in shaping the future of our world.

Louisburgh’s Theo Cullen-Mouze, who, with his sister Maude organises Mayo’s Fridays for Future protests, shared the stage with Mary Robinson and Greta Thurnberg at last December’s UN COP 25 conference in Madrid.

They, and many other students from Mayo will attend Kumi Naidoo’s upcoming lecture on Friday, showing that Mayo’s youth are engaged and interested in the pressing human rights and climate issues facing their future.

The Fifth International Human Rights Lecture takes place 6 March at 2pm at Ballina Arts Centre and is fully booked. For more information visit www.maryrobinsoncentre.ie

 

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