Climate Change and the Voiceless

Protecting future generations, wildlife and natural resources
Join us for this enlightening talk by Randall S. Abate, Endowed Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy, and Professor, Department of Political Science and Sociology at Monmouth University.

Future generations, wildlife, and natural resources – collectively referred to as “the voiceless” in this presentation – are the most vulnerable and least equipped populations to protect themselves from the impacts of global climate change. Domestic and international law protections are beginning to recognise rights and responsibilities that apply to the voiceless community; however, these legal developments have yet to be pursued in a collective manner and have not been considered together in the context of climate change and climate justice. This presentation first identifies the common vulnerabilities of the voiceless in the Anthropocene era. It then proposes how the law can evolve to protect their interests more effectively through a stewardship-focused and rights-based system derived from the mandate inherent in the concept of sustainable development.

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