Voices of the Future

Representing Future Generations and Young People in Climate Change Planning in Tasmania and Beyond

Hobart, Tasmania
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. 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 are needed to find appropriate climate change institutions and governance models, particularly to represent future generations.

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

Expert Workshop

28 June 2019
(By invitation only)

Community Forum

27 June 2019
6:30-830PM
Hobart Town Hall
Facebook event

Youth Workshop

27 June 2019
3-5PM
Hobart Town Hall
Facebook event

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Expert Workshop

A day-long meeting on 28 June of experts from Tasmania and overseas looking at the experience of different institutions with sustainability or human rights mandates which consider the interests of younger people and future generations and exploring the possible models for Tasmania, and other jurisdictions. This meeting is not open to the public, but we will post a report on this website afterwards.


Public Events

Youth Workshop

Time: 3-5pm
Date: 27th June 2019
Venue: Hobart Town Hall
Facebook event
link

Want a chance to learn how to represent the interests of young people and future generations in climate change planning in Tasmania and elsewhere? Join us for an afternoon in the Town Hall, where you will learn from experts and engage with other young people to contribute to giving the future a voice.

The event is free, but you need to SIGN UP here (limited spots available!). Stay on for snacks and join the free community forum at 6.30pm.

Can’t make it in the afternoon? Come along at 6.30pm to have your say in our Public forum.

Community Forum

Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Date: 27th June 2019
Venue: Hobart Town Hall
Facebook event
link

An opportunity for the community to talk about how best to represent the interests of young people and future generations in climate change planning and other issues.

Hear from experts about how young people and future generations are represented in other countries. Have your say about how we could implement something similar in Tasmania and nationally.

Hobart Town Hall

 

Conveners, Climate Justice Network

Dr Peter Lawrence researches in the field of climate change, international law and justice. He is author of ‘Justice for Future Generations, Climate Change and International Law’ (2014). Peter is also a baritone whose climate change activist songs can be heard on YouTube.

Jan Linehan is an international lawyer and former international negotiator, who researches on international law, gender, and climate change. She is particularly interested in law reform, community engagement, and the arts in the areas of climate change and human rights.

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Organising Committee

  • Peter Lawrence (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania)

  • Jan Linehan (Adjunct Researcher, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania)