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Friday 18th June 12pm | Taliesin

with Adetola Onamade, Jojo Mehta, Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Scarlett Westbrook and Jane Davidson (Chair), and a creative provocation by Cheryl Beer.

‘Please stop breaking our world.’  — Placard held by a five-year-old on the Fridays for the Future march in Cardiff, 2019

The seventh event in Taliesin’s Everything Change programme will explore what roles law and justice might play in helping us reach a low-carbon, sustainable future. What are the consequences of Ecocide becoming an international crime against humanity? How and where should responsibilities for tackling the climate and ecological crises fall across countries and generations? These are just some of the questions our panel will be addressing in this vital discussion on climate, racial, gender and intergenerational justice. If our laws are a framework for our morals and our principles, then how should they be changing in a world at threat of climate collapse, and how might they provide us with the guidance and powers we need to avert it?

 

This event will be broadcast live and include a Q&A session where audiences will be able to join in the discussion.

Booking is essential to access this free, online event.  Live English-language captioning will be available.

 

Jane Davidson is Chair of the Wales Inquiry of the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission and Pro Vice-Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. From 2000-2011, she was the Minister for Education, then Minister for Environment, Sustainability in the Welsh Government, where she proposed a law to make protecting future generations the central organising principle of government; the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act came into law in 2015. She introduced the first plastic bag charge in the UK, and her recycling regulations took Wales to third best in the world.  She created a Climate Change Commission for Wales, the post of Sustainable Futures Commissioner, One Planet Developments and the Wales Coast Path.  Photo credit: Aled Llewelyn.

Syeda Rizwana Hasan is a lawyer of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and the Chief Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) that is promoting environmental justice in Bangladesh. Rizwana and BELA have received many prestigious awards including the Global 500 Roll of Honors (UNEP; 2003), the Goldman Environmental Prize (2009), the Ramon Magsaysay Award (2012), the TANG Rule of Law Award (2020). Rizwana has been named as one of the 40 Environmental Heroes of the World by Time Magazine.

Adetola Onamade is a student involved in anti-racist, anti-capitalist and decolonial movements, including university climate and social justice campaigning as well as decolonisation through alternative education. She is a trustee of Plan B.

Jojo Mehta co-founded Stop Ecocide International in 2017, alongside the late barrister and legal pioneer Polly Higgins, to support the establishment of ecocide as a crime at the International Criminal Court.  As executive director and key spokesperson, she has overseen the remarkable growth of the movement while coordinating between legal developments, diplomatic traction and public narrative.

Scarlett Westbrook is a leading climate justice activist and is currently the youngest person in the world to have an A-Level in Government and Politics, which she attained at age 13. She specialised in environment and education policy, informing the work she does today as a member of the U.K. Student Climate Network (UKSCN), the organisation behind the school climate strikes. She is also an opinion writer, with words in the Independent, i-D, the Metro, and gal-dem, amongst others. Scarlett has been named as one of Greenpeace’s 30 under 30 activists and is the 2020 recipient of both the Women of the Future Young Star award, and the IPPR Big Ideas award.

Cheryl Beer is a hearing impaired environmental sound artist and musician, who has created award-winning projects exploring the relationship between sonic place and the poetics of humanity.  Currently, she is repurposing hearing aid technology to widen sonic access through the senses by transposing and notating biorhythms of the natural world.

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