Summary of Why Climate Change Is a Threat to Human Rights

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Former president of Ireland and UN high commissioner for human rights Mary Robinson confesses that she didn’t focus on climate change during her terms in office. In the ensuing years, however, solving climate change has become her passion. Robinson warmly shares the personal journey that led her on her quest for “climate justice” and emphasizes the importance of achieving zero emissions by 2050. getAbstract recommends her poignant, eloquent talk to world citizens concerned with climate change, “climate action” and climate justice.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why climate change is a human rights issue,
  • What massive changes are necessary to mitigate climate change and
  • Why “climate justice” is as important as “climate action.”

About the Speaker

Mary Robinson is a former president of Ireland and a former UN high commissioner for human rights. She heads Climate Justice, a foundation that endeavors to secure justice for those who are most vulnerable to climate change.



When Mary Robinson served as president of Ireland and later as UN high commissioner for human rights, she was a champion for human rights, but she wasn’t concerned with climate change. It wasn’t until several years after her terms in office that Robinson began to see the connection. She learned how ...

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