Climate change and human rights at COP26

Date & time
7–8.30pm Tuesday 2 November 2021
Venue

Online via Zoom Webinar

Contact
ANU College of Law

Presented by ANU Law Reform and Social Justice (LRSJ) and Amnesty International

Webinar
Climate and Human Rights at COP26

The Amnesty-ANU Eminent Speakers series is back! Join ANU Law Reform and Social Justice (LRSJ) and Amnesty International in this discussion on climate change and human rights at COP26.

At the end of October 2021, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) will convene in Glasgow in what the hosts describe as “the world’s best last chance to get runaway climate change under control”.

Climate change represents one of the greatest threats to human rights of our generation. What is decided at COP26, and what countries do or fail to do in the years ahead, is therefore of critical importance. In this panel discussion, we will discuss Indigenous rights, climate change displacement, youth activism and strategic litigation.

On the panel:

  • Tony McAvoy, Australia’s first Indigenous Senior Counsel
  • Sanjula Weerasinghe, independent consultant
  • Annika Reynolds, CEO and founder of GreenLaw
  • Folole Tupuola, Pacific Climate Warriors coordinator

Peta Bulling, a Bachelor of Environmental Studies/Laws (Hons) student at ANU and project lead at GreenLaw, will moderate the session.

Speakers

  • Tony McAvoy »

    Tony McAvoy is Australia’s first Indigenous Senior Counsel and has written on the notion of Indigenous rights in Australia, and the impacts of those rights in a climate change policy vacuum.

  • Sanjula Weerasinghe »

    Sanjula Weerasinghe works at the intersection of international law, humanitarian crises and displacement. Based in Geneva, she has consulted for UNHCR, the IOM and the Brookings institute on the international protection needs of those fleeing natural disasters and environmental harm.

  • Folole Tupuola »

    Folole Tupuola is a storyteller and artist of Samoan descent. Advocates for climate and social justice through a lens of cultural resilience and artistic healing with and for Oceania. Folole brings to light mental well-being, activism and decolonisation as a young Pacific diaspora youth in so called Australia. She is the Pacific Climate Warriors Coordinator in Victoria, Australia.

  • Annika Reynolds »

    Annika Reynolds is a young Queer* leader in the environment movement, advocating for a more inclusive vision of climate justice. They founded GreenLaw in 2019 and are its ongoing CEO, as well as the inaugural Youth Chair of the Environment and Human Rights Sub-Committee of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. GreenLaw is a youth-led legal research institute leveraging the expertise and imagination of the next generation of lawyers to tackle the climate crisis and the systemic injustices that contribute to ongoing environmental degradation.

    Annika is a current Laws (Honours)/International Security Studies student at the Australian National University, with a minor in Korean. In 2019 - 2020 they were a Research Assistant at the ANU College of Law and appointed as a legal research consultant to the Australian Conservation Foundation. They are a published researcher on public interest environmental litigation, the environment and human rights, and climate change topics.

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