Climate Justice Network

Connecting researchers, policy makers, business, communities and students interested in climate justice.

Based at the University of Tasmania, Australia.

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Voices of the Future

Expert Workshop | Community Forum | Youth Workshop

Representing future generations and young people in climate change planning

27-28th June 2019
University of Tasmania

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Imagining a Different Future

8-10 February 2018
Hobart, Australia

A multidisciplinary conference examining the barriers to responding to climate change, implementing climate justice, and proposing ways forward.

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Voices of the Future

Future Generations & Climate Change

27-28 June 2019

Young people and future generations will suffer most from the impacts of climate change. Yet their interests are not reflected in climate change decision-making, planning or law. Experts on sustainability, human rights, and institutions will look at possible models to address this gap for Tasmania and more broadly on 28 June at the Faculty of Law at the University of Tasmania.

The public and young people are invited to have their say at 2 free public forums on Thursday, 27 June at the Hobart Town Hall. Visiting experts from Wales and New Zealand and a local panel will lead a lively discussion 6.30 to 8.30. The Youth Workshop is 3.30-5.30 and pre-registration is essential. We acknowledge the support of the Tasmanian Government and the Hobart City Council for these forums.



29 May 2019

UTLR Special Issue on Climate Justice

We are delighted to announce the Climate Justice Special Issue of the University of Tasmania Law Review is now available. This Special Issue is entitled 'Imagining a Different Future: Overcoming Barriers to Climate Justice’ and grew out of our climate justice conference in 2018. It is vol.37 number (2) 2018 and is available in print and also free online to ensure wide dissemination given of the urgency of climate change and the importance of justice considerations. 


  1. Introduction to the Special Issue: Imagining a Different Future, Overcoming Barriers to Climate Justice by Nicky van Dijk, Jan Linehan and Peter Lawrence

  2. Imagining Different Futures through the Courts: A Social Movement Assessment of Existing and Potential New Approaches to Climate Change Litigation in Australia by Danny Noonan

  3. Justice and Climate Transitions by Jeremy Moss and Robyn Kath

  4. Ecocide and the Carbon Crimes of the Powerful by Rob White

  5. Individual Moral Duties Amidst Climate Injustice: Imagining a Sustainable Future by Steve Vanderheiden

  6. Lawfare, Standing and Environmental Discourse: A Phronetic Analysis by Brendon Murphy and Jeffrey McGee

  7. Climate, Culture and Music: Coping in the Anthropocene by Simon Kerr (Non-Peer Reviewed Article)

Peter and Jan edited the Special issue and thank all the contributors and the student editors Kathryn Ellis, Frances Medlock, Rose Mackie and Taylor Bachand for their editorial and administrative assistance. 

An electronic copy of the special issue is available on the University of Tasmania Law Review website.

15 May 2019

Voices of the Future

Future Generations & Climate Change


Young people and future generations will suffer most from the impacts of climate change. Yet their interests are not reflected in climate change decision-making, planning or law. This situation raises issues of fairness and justice and places the burden of inaction on young people and future generations. There are models in other countries that address some of these issues, such as parliamentary commissioners or independent administrative officers. More research and public discussion is needed to find appropriate and effective climate change institutions and governance models, including ones that represent the interests of future generations.

Voices of the Future is a series of three events aimed at discussing the best way to represent the issues of future generations and young people in climate change planning in the context of Tasmania, and more broadly. Voices of the Future is centered around a meeting of experts from around the world on intergenerational justice and environmental and human rights governance at the University of Tasmania’s Faculty of Law. This meeting will be preceded by a community forum and a youth workshop aimed at connecting experts in this area with Tasmanians and raising awareness about these issues.

Expert’S Workshop

28 July 2019
(By invitation only)

Youth Workshop

27 June 2019
Hobart Town Hall

Please note change of time to 3.30
Sign up here.

Community Forum

27 June 2019
Hobart Town Hall

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10 October 2018


The Next Frontier of Climate Change Policy?

The University of Tasmania is hosting a public panel & forum on potential geoengineering climate interventions and their and governance. It will involve leading local and visiting scientists, philosophers and community representatives.

Hosted by Australian Forum for Climate Intervention Law and Governance, and supported by the Faculty of Law, IMAS and the Climate Justice Network.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM AEDT
University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus

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10 February 2018

What Next?

Imagining a Different Future: Overcoming Barriers to Climate Justice involving more than 80 speakers and 125 participants has come to a close. In 2018, we are focussing on uploading the video and audio recordings of talks from the conference to this website, contributing to a special edition of the University of Tasmania Law Review on climate justice, and thinking about the next steps, and events.  

Stay tuned for more.

01 february 2018

Imagining a Different Future

Overcoming Barriers to Climate Justice


8-10 February 2018
Conference, Community Forum, Town Hall Talk, & Concert
University of Tasmania & partners, Hobart

Find out more and download the programme from our event page here.

Knowledge Hub

The videos and audio recordings from our events are uploaded to our Knowledge Hub as they become available.

Steve Vanderheiden - Town Hall Talk

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Has AnyBody Seen My Glacier

World premiere performance of a song cycle for soprano and string quartet by Tasmanian composer Owen Davies, with Helen Thomson, soprano, and the Pillinger String Quartet.

More climate music

External Resources

If you are interested in different aspects of climate justice, intergenerational justice, environmental justice, equity, ethics, transitional justice, or climate law, you can learn more at these sources: