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Why the human rights and environmental movements must be allies not adversaries

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Michael Meacher MP, former minister of state for the environment, and barrister David Wolfe will participate in a roundtable discussion on human rights and environmental movements on Thursday 19 January at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Human rights is a subject defined by its focus on the person. A commitment to protection of the environment appears at first glance to be the opposite, a concern for what lies around us rather than for the rights we believe we should have. With the environmental challenges facing the world now starker than ever, the need for a coalition between environmental and human rights activists has never been more obvious. But is it intellectually and organisationally possible?

Michael Meacher MP was minister of state for the environment from May 1997 to June 2003. David Wolfe is a barrister at Matrix Chambers and has particular expertise in environmental law.

Professor Conor Gearty, Rausing Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE, will chair this discussion.

Why the Human Rights and Environmental Movements Must Be Allies Not Adversaries is on Thursday 19 January at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk|

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Reference to the Michael Meacher and David Wolfe public lecture Why the human rights and environmental movements must be allies, not adversaries at LSE. 

16 January 2006

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