OPINION: Mary Robinson on how tackling climate change can have positive outcomes for justice, gender and economic development

Author: Mary Robinson, in interview with Climate & Development Knowledge Network, Published on: 8 November 2013

… As weather shocks…impact on the basic human rights of those affected, it is clear that the poor and vulnerable people who have done the least to cause climate change are those who suffer most from its impacts…Business and developed country governments have tended to focus primarily on mitigation. But this is changing…companies identify extreme weather and climate change as current or future business risks…The smart investor will already know that the corporation that remains over-reliant on fossil fuels won’t be worth their long-term investment…As the public becomes increasingly cognisant of how their products are sourced, and more motivated to act due to the rise of social media, the need for companies to be accountable for their actions grows…Sustainability needs to be viewed as a sustained societal value…

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