Speakers: Mary Robinson, Professor Lord Stern


  • Sharan Burrow, Secretary General of the International Trade Union Confederation
  • Luisa Dias Diogo, Former Prime Minister, Mozambique
  • Caio Koch-Weser, Vice Chairman, Deutshe Bank Group
  • Marvin Nala, Climate and Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace, East Asia
  • Sheela Patel, Founder-Director, Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres
  • Henry Shue, Senior Research Fellow at Merton College and Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford
  • Dessima Williams, Former Ambassador of Grenada to the United Nations

Chair: Professor Conor Gearty

Synopsis: LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment hosted an innovative public session which explored who constitutes the innocent, how they are impacted by climate change and how they lack access to power. It considered if these issues can be overcome and suggest ways in which they can.

The session was framed by a discussion with Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute and President of the British Academy and Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and currently President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.

This was followed by interventions from a panel comprising representatives of the Innocent: the marginalized, the poor, youth, workers and future generations. Panellists representing the political world and the corporate voice responded to the issues and concerns raised by the Innocent, outlining both the challenges of political office and the realities of the corporate world.

The audience had an opportunity both to make observations and to put questions to the panellists regarding what can be done to find solutions to the problems identified.




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