EPA Climate Change lecture series continues

Date released: Nov 23 2010

Reshaping the Debate on Climate Change

EPA Climate Change Lecture Series Continues

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) climate change lecture series continues today, Tuesday 23rd November, at 6.30pm in The Mansion House with the lecture Reshaping the Debate on Climate Change by Mrs. Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.

Speaking before the event, Dr Mary Kelly, Director General, EPA said,

“Climate Change is acknowledged as one of the most serious threats facing humanity.  Responsibility for dealing with this threat falls to this generation. Fundamental and far-reaching changes across all sectors of society will be required if we are to halt  the growing impacts of climate change and allow ourselves and others, who are more vulnerable, to manage the impacts that we cannot now avoid.”

  Mary Kelly continued,
“It would be easy to lose sight of climate change objectives at this time of economic crisis for the Irish economy.  We must not let this happen and we must ensure that when economic growth returns it is a low carbon growth based on a sustainable model for the economy and for the environment.”

Echoing these sentiments, Mary Robinson’s public lecture will focus on reshaping the debate on climate change to focus on justice in the developing world and how addressing the issue of climate change must address the issue of justice also.

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations and most recently Head of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization initiative has established the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice. The Foundation is a centre for thought leadership, education and advocacy on the struggle to secure global justice for victims of climate change who are usually forgotten – the poor, the disempowered and the marginalised across the world. The Foundation will be based at Trinity College, Dublin.

Further information: Emily Williamson, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours) or email media@epa.ie

Editor’s Notes:

The EPA climate change lecture series will continue in 2011.

Tuesday, 1st February 2011, 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Climate Change – The Transport Challenge
Speaker: Prof. Julia King, Aston University.
Venue: The Round Room, The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Tuesday, 15th March 2011, 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Climate Change & Agriculture : ensuring food production is not threatened
Speaker: Dr. Wendy Mann, Food & Agriculture Organisation, U.N.
Venue: The Round Room, The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Attendance at all lectures is free, but advance booking is essential due to the demand. 

To book, please contact Clara Clark at: clara@claraclark.ie.

Detailed information on the lecture series is available from the EPA website and on www.claraclark.ie/climatechangelectures.