President of the Foundation, Mary Robinson, delivered the 2011 Magnusson Lecture on 7 October at Glasgow Caledonian University entitled Climate Justice - Challenges and Opportunities.
President of the Foundation, Mary Robinson, delivered the 2011 Magnusson Lecture on 7 October at Glasgow Caledonian University entitled Climate Justice – Challenges and Opportunities.
The lecture, the third in a special series in memory of the university’s late Chancellor Magnus Magnusson, was well-attended with an audience of almost 500 people. Following Mrs Robinson’s lecture, there was a Q&A session hosted by television presenter Dr Sally Magnusson.
Mrs Robinson said she is impressed by the leadership Scotland is showing in the area of climate change. She said Scotland is numbered amongst the few countries in the world to adopt climate change legislation “the most meaningful signal of a nation’s commitment to act.
Enshrining your mitigation commitments in law demonstrates not just a desire to act but also a willingness to be held accountable by your citizens and the international community”.
She said that given this leadership by Scotland, she would like to encourage, or even challenge both government and civil society to “come a step further and become champions of climate justice”. Climate justice, she said, “forces us to confront difficult questions and to make difficult decisions – both nationally and internationally”.