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In Conversation: What does climate change have to do with human rights?

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  • WA Museum Boola Bardip
    Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Should climate change policies incorporate human rights principles? 

The effects of climate change potentially threaten a broad range of internationally accepted human rights, such as the right to food, shelter, and work. Some of the policies designed to address climate change will likely have a detrimental impact on human rights, particularly of those who are disadvantaged.

This session will explore these impacts and consider why climate change policies should incorporate human rights principles.


Sophie McNeill

Sophie McNeill is the Australia researcher for Human Rights Watch, based in Western Australia. She was formerly an investigative reporter with ABC TV’s Four Corners program and a foreign correspondent for the ABC and SBS in the Middle East.


Dr. Helen Brown

Dr. Helen Brown is a Health and Environment consultant with expertise across environmental and public health. She is the Chair of the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Network Asia Pacific and has widespread experience in climate change adaptation and health in both training and research. Helen was the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for HIA at Curtin University from 2014 to 2021.

Sarah Davies

Sarah Davies is an artist and author-illustrator who is passionate about science, the environment and helping diverse kids find their voices though art and literature. Sarah is a participant in the project Connecting the Dots – Disability and Climate Change, a partnership between the Climate Justice Union and People with Disabilities WA aiming to identify the links and connections between Disability and Climate Change.

In Conversation: Human Rights

In Conversation is a monthly series of thought-provoking topics exploring big questions, ideas and human narratives. Curated in collaboration with The Museum of Freedom and Tolerance (MFT), this series brings human rights stories to the foreground.