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Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson: ‘Climate change denial is not just ignorant, it is malign, it is evil’

March 27, 2019

MARY ROBINSON: First woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Chair of The Elders; a passionate advocate for gender equality, women’s participation in peace-building, human dignity and climate justice.

Excerpt: It beggars belief that there are still some supposedly serious people in public life who deny that climate change is a reality. Let me speak bluntly here: I believe that climate change denial is not just ignorant, it is malign, it is evil, and it amounts to an attempt to deny human rights to some of the most vulnerable people on the planet. 

The evidence about the effects of climate change is incontrovertible, and the moral case for urgent action indisputable. This is because climate change is not just an issue of atmospheric science or plant conservation; it is also about human rights. Climate change undermines the enjoyment of the full range of human rights—from the right to life, to food, to shelter and to health.

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