Helen Mitcheson (GDL student, and forthcoming LPC student at BPP Liverpool) and author of the article “Integrating human rights law into the international climate change regime” in the forthcoming Human Rights Journal will be taking part in the Great North Run on September 11th in order to raise money for ‘Action on Global Poverty and Global Warming’.
Helen has an LLM in Environmental Law and prior to her transition to a career in law, she worked as an environmental scientist and environmental consultant. An area of great interest to Helen, both professionally and personally is the change in climate, and in particular, how it impacts upon the fulfilment of human rights.
Helen will be running the for the Jubilee Debt Campaign, in order to support their global ‘Drop the Debt’ campaign, and Tearfund’s campaign to ‘Stop Climate Chaos’.
In 2000, world leaders committed to “spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanising conditions of extreme poverty” (UN Millennium Declaration). Inextricably linked to this, millions of people throughout the world are increasingly suffering from the impacts of climate change. Urgent action is required to tackle this issue, as “never have we faced a graver threat” (Lord Robert May, President of the Royal Society).
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was set up under the authority of a UN convention, signed by all the world’s governments. It is headed up by the world’s top climate scientists from every country and its work represents the greatest international, collaborative endeavour in the history of science. The award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 could not have been more richly deserved.
The panel has produced five reports since 1990 with the most recent being in 2014. In it’s 2001 report, the IPCC considered the causation of global warming by greenhouse gas emissions to be “likely”, i.e., with a probability of 60%. However, by 2007, it was “very likely” (i.e., more than 90%), and by 2013, that had become “extremely likely” (95-100% probable). The evidence for global warming, and for its causation mainly by the burning of fossil fuels, is now overwhelming and undeniable. It is essential that we take action now in order to ensure a healthy climate for future generations.
More information about these campaign’s can be found here:
Jubilee Debt Campaign will keep half of all the funds donated, and will send 40% to Tearfund and 10% to the Climate Coalition, both of which campaign for urgent action to curb climate change and work to support those already suffering from it.
If you would like to sponsor Helen, you can do so here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/helenmitcheson1