Former UN high commissioner for human rights and special envoy for climate change Mary Robinson denounced climate change denial as "not just ignorant, but 'malign and evil,'" The Guardian reports. Failure to recognize climate change, according to Robinson, denies the most vulnerable people on the planet of their human rights because they are the ones most affected.
The former UN commissioner also called for fossil fuel companies to transition to clean energy. Robinson was awarded the Kew International Medal for her “integral work on climate justice” and will give a speech at the Royal Botanical Gardens in London about the immediate threat of climate change.
Robinson told the newspaper that she supports climate protests, including school strikes. "There is room for civil disobedience as a way of communicating, though we also need hope," she said. Robinson serves as chair of the Elders, an organization of global leaders created by Nelson Mandela that fights for human rights around the world. “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," she will say in her speech.
“Climate change undermines the enjoyment of the full range of human rights—from the right to life, to food, to shelter and to health. It is an injustice that the people who have contributed least to the causes of the problem suffer the worst impacts of climate change.”