Farhana Yamin (Global Agenda on Climate Change, World Economic Forum)
On 16 April this year, I super-glued my hands to the pavement outside the headquarters of the oil company Shell in London, surrounded by dozens of policemen. Once unstuck, I was arrested for causing criminal damage… Let’s be honest with ourselves. Our summits and 24 years of COPs have not delivered the bold action vulnerable countries and communities were asking for so long ago.... We must acknowledge our role in not going fast enough. The way we respond to the climate and ecological crisis unfolding before our eyes, personally and professionally, is going to make or break our chance to stay on the Paris pathway. What we need is not system change or personal change — it’s both. This is why I chose to break the law and become an activist. Like all parents, I’ll do whatever it takes to keep my children safe. Right now, that means rebelling against a way of being that is destroying their future. Join me!
Farhana Yamin is an internationally recognised environmental lawyer and climate change and development policy expert specialising in international law, disruptive legal strategies, coalition building and fundraising. She has written numerous books, articles and was nominated by the UK government as a Lead Author for three assessment reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. After working in global climate philanthropy, she founded Track 0 which co-created a global campaign to unify the climate movement focusing on a full phase-out of greenhouse gas emissions to zero in line with climate science. Her work is widely credited with getting the goal of net-zero emissions by mid-century into the 2015 Paris Agreement. She is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House and has a number of advisory roles including as a Trustee for Greenpeace UK and Julie's Bicycle, and being on the Programme Committee of WWF-UK. She joined Extinction Rebellion (XR) in 2018.
"Why I Broke the Law for Climate Change" is part of the Visual Cultures Public Programme Autumn 2019 organised by Wood Roberdeau and Lynn Turner with the support of the Critical Ecologies research stream.
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