Climate Justice: Rights for People & Planet

The Westbank, notting hill • thursday 28th February 2019, 6.00-11.00pm

Amnesty International • Global Justice Now • Human Rights Consortium • Environmental Justice Foundation • WaterAid • NHS England • Land Workers’ Alliance • La Via Campesina



  • 6:00 - Doors open, food available

  • 6:30 - Event Intro & Spoken Word by Wilson Oryema

  • 6:45 - 15 minute talks from:

    • Chiara Liguori, Amnesty International, Policy Advisor on Environment & Human Rights

      • Framing Climate Change as a Human Rights Issue. Why is it so important?

    • Damien Short, The Human Rights Consortium, Director & Reader in Human Rights

      • The Ecological Crisis, Human Rights and Human Responsibilities

    • Steve Trent, Environmental Justice Foundation, Co-Founder and Executive Director

      • The Need for Environmental Justice

    • Dorothy Grace Guerrero, Global Justice Now, Head of Policy

      • Climate Change & Social Justice: Supporting Systemic Alternatives

    • Jyoti Fernandes, Land workers Alliance

      • Agroecological Farming Systems: Adapting to and mitigating climate change

    • Mala Rao, WaterAid; Imperial College London; NHS England

      • The Health Impacts of Climate Change: Addressing the health and well-being impacts of climate change through collaboration

  • 8:15 - Ollie Feather - Spoken Word - Break

  • 8:40 - Panel discussion and Q&A

  • 9:20 - Mr Gee - Spoken Word, Food, Music

  • 10:30 - Event ends

An evening of talks, panels, food, drinks, music and spoken-word exploring the human rights implications of the environmental crisis. We will explore: ecocide, globalisation, the growth-based economy, extreme energy, corporatisation, public health, and much more.

Climate change revolves around a question of global inequality and demonstrates the mass destruction fueled by our consumerist growth economy. It is not ‘just’ environmental. It is an ethical, political and social issue — a matter of justice and human rights. The catastrophe we are witnessing today will affect every one of us and every life-form on the planet. But crucially, it is the weakest and most vulnerable in society who will be affected first and most severely.

Scientists, campaigners and lawyers will give us the inside track into what is happening right now and introduce us to some of the work that is being done around the globe by the people driving climate solutions. From the front-lines of climate change to the corridors of power, we will come to understand what’s what and what we can do about it.

At Advaya we believe that through awareness we evolve. We see crisis as an opportunity for positive change through co-creation and celebration. True to form, the day will be filled with story, music, food and connection.

Climate Justice: Rights for People & Planet is kindly supported by Eco Soul Hostel, a hub and hostel where people who share values of social change, sustainability and inner wellbeing can connect and inspire each other.


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Head of Policy at Global Justice Now

Dottie joined Global Justice Now in January 2017. Her work as organiser, researcher/analyst, educator, and campaigner in social movements and NGOs spans almost 30 years. She works on and writes about climate change and energy issues, impacts of globalised trade and investments on people’s livelihoods in Asia, China‘s new role in the global political economy and other economic justice concerns. Originally from the Philippines, she has worked in the local, regional and international levels and has lived in The Netherlands, Germany, Thailand and South Africa. She previously worked with the Asian regional organisation Focus on the Global South, Asienhaus Deutschland and Institute for Popular Democracy in the Philippines. She also worked as guest lecturer in MA Development Programs in universities in Asia and Germany.

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Professor Mala Rao OBE MSc MBBS FFPH PhD Hon FFSRH,

Senior Clinical Fellow at Imperial College London; Medical Adviser for Workforce Race Equality Strategy Implementation Team, NHS England; and Trustee for WaterAid.

Professor Mala Rao is an NHS public health physician by background, her career spanning public health practice, policy and research in the national and global arenas, has included working as Head of Public Health Workforce and Capacity Building for England and Vice Chair of NHS England’s Workforce Race Equality Strategy Advisory Group. Her proudest achievements are in workforce development for improving health, strengthening health systems and environmental health.

Mala has advised internationally on public health and health care and has fostered close links between the UK and health institutions in the developing world, especially in India. Under the aegis of the UK Global Health Strategy, she was the founding Director of the first Institute of Public Health established by the Public Health Foundation of India.

Mala's concern for and understanding of the health impacts of climate change and environmental degradation have grown over the past 3 decades. Deeply committed to health and social equality, she has become internationally recognised for raising awareness of the impacts of climate change on health, especially the health of women and children, and for championing universal access to good quality health care, safe water and sanitation. Determined to make public health everybody's business and responsibility, she has championed the involvement of professions such as urban planning in improving health, and the water and sanitation professions and industry in tackling the global challenges of water scarcity, water quality, extreme weather events and water conservation.

Her publications include the highly commended 2009 book, ‘The Health Practitioner’s Guide to Climate Change’ which she co-edited, and which has been referred to as a 'wake-up call' for the health professions. In 2010, she was invited to lead the writing of the health chapter of Government of India's 4 by 4 Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change and a DFID commissioned study, of the state of preparedness of Indian states to address the health impacts of climate change. In 2015, she was one of 3 global experts invited to join Sanofi’s climate change and health advisory board during its preparation to contribute to the 2015 UN COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris.

In addition to her research, publications and advocacy, she is delighted to be contributing to global public health and environmental sustainability

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Co-Founder & Executive Director, Environmental Justice Foundation

Steve Trent is co-founder and Director of EJF. He has over 25 years of experience in environmental advocacy and has undertaken field research and undercover investigations, trained environmental advocates and led successful campaigns in over 30 countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Vietnam.

Steve has pioneered EJF’s campaigns on ending environmental abuses and forced labour in cotton production, protecting human rights in seafood production, and reducing the impacts of toxic pesticides on people and wildlife. He has presented evidence to national governments, numerous intergovernmental organisations such as the European Union, World Bank and Interpol, along with multiple UN agencies. Steve also co-founded, and was President of WildAid where he managed programmes tackling illegal wildlife trade in China and India. Prior to this he was Campaigns Director at the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

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Dr damien short

Director of the Human Rights Consortium and Reader in Human Rights, SAS, University of London

Dr Damien Short is Director of the Human Rights Consortium (HRC) and a Reader in Human Rights at the School of Advanced Study. He has spent his entire professional career working in the field of human rights, both as a scholar and human rights advocate. He has researched and published extensively in the areas of indigenous peoples’ rights, genocide studies, reconciliation projects and environmental human rights. He is currently researching the human rights impacts of extreme energy processes (e.g Tar Sands and Fracking - see our designated HRC website . Dr Short is a regular academic contributor to the United Nation’s ‘Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ and an academic consultant for the ‘Ethical Trade Task Force’ of the Soil Association. He is also Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Human Rights (Taylor and Francis) and Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Human Rights in the Commonwealth (University of London) and convenor of the British Sociological Association’s Sociology of Rights Study Group and an active member of the International Network of Genocide Scholars. Dr Short has also worked with a variety of NGOs including Amnesty International, War on Want, Survival International, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs; and with a range of campaign groups including Eradicating Ecocide, Biofuelwatch, Climate Justice Collective and the UK Tar Sands Network. He currently advises local anti-fracking groups in the UK and county councils on the human rights implications of unconventional (extreme) energy extraction processes such as fracking.

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chiarai liguori

Policy Adviser on Environment and Human Rights, Amnesty International

Chiara Liguori is Policy Adviser on Environment and Human Rights at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International. She leads on developing the policy and strategy work on climate change and human rights. She is committed about fighting climate change from a human rights perspective and has been involved in shaping Amnesty's work on climate change and human rights even before being appointed to her current position. Previously she worked as Caribbean researcher in Amnesty’s Americas Program, as Human Rights Officer at the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti and as Programme Officer at UNDP Comoros.



Chair person and Campaigns Coordinator, Via Campesina & Land Worker’s Alliance

Jyoti is a campaigns coordinator currently working on a campaign to influence DEFRA to adopt more policies to promote food sovereignty. She is also a member of the coordinating committee of the European Coordination of La Via Campesina and works to represent small-scale producers around Europe in the European and Global agricultural institutions. Jyoti is also a Dorset smallholder farmer on a 20 acre low impact holding with Jersey cows, goats, pigs, vegetables and apple juice, cider cheese, and other processed products. She is also a caterer, butcher, and land rights activist (mostly helping people gain planning permission).

Spoken Word & Music



Wilson is a writer and multidisciplinary artist based in London working across various mediums, including, film, photo, text, and sculpture. His works primarily explore human behaviour and its effects on the planet, through several themes, such as, consumption. His inspiration for this primarily came from self-reflection on his consumption and what he gave energy to. As well as that, Wilson also was spurred on by the collective unsustainable consumption habits we, as humans, employ, which are having grave effects on the planet.

Wilson's first book Wait is an expansion on this work around the topic of consumption and its effects on the planet. The book serves as a commentary on various types of consumption we engage with on a day-to-day basis. As well as the polarising extremes these can bring about. Expressed through short stories and poems, the book aims to provide a more relatable understanding of consumption for its readers.



Mr Gee: Sony award winning Radio Presenter and Poet Mr Gee has been a Spoken Word poet for 20 years. He presented the series 'Bespoken Word', 'Poetic Justice" and 'Rhyme and Reason' on Radio 4 and his poetry has been featured in The Times, The Guardian and the New Statesman. He was also one of the resident poets on Radio 4's 'Saturday Live' and was a featured expert guest on BBC 2's BAFTA winning program 'Poetry in the Margins'. He is perhaps best known as the poet laureate on 'The Russell Brand Radio Show' and has supported the comedian on several world tours. "A charming and politically articulate street poet" - The Times



Ollie Feather is a poet and musician from South London. After having written music and lyrics for two highly acclaimed and sold out Edinburgh Fringe musicals and as frontman of blues outfit The 1945, he’s taken back to the stage this year with a new music-backed spoken word project. With material based around growing up in the city and the ebb and flow of relationships that fall in and out of our lives, his rhythm driven verse and melodic choruses are winning over audiences across the city.

At the beginning of 2019 he performed his piece ‘Circles’ at The Playhouse Theatre in London for Platform Presents’ fundraiser for their 'Playwrights Prize’ alongside James Massiah, Tobias Menzies, Juliet Stevenson, Denise Gough, John Standing, Dougray Scott, Jaime Winstone, Jade Anouka and many more.



Ollie mastered the art of the guitar at an early age and his passion for wide varieties of music drives him to discover new techniques and styles. He has experience in music production, and plays the drums, piano, saxophone, bass guitar and clarinet. His performances stagger even the most veteran of guitar players.