For their human rights and climate change symposium The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) explored how climate change threatens the exercise of key Human Rights such as the right to life, liberty and security of person, the right to an adequate standard of living and the right to property. At a minimum, people have a moral entitlement to be protected from such threats. Current policies and actions grossly violate this entitlement. Especially those who have contributed very little to climate change but are or will be severely impacted by its effects are thus morally entitled to support in adapting to changing by climatic conditions. The more greenhouse gas emissions a country or individual emits and the wealthier she is, the larger her responsibility is to provide this support and to fight the causes of climate change.
• Professor Dr Christian Baatz, Professor of Climate Ethics, Sustainability and Global Justice, Kiel University, Germany.
• Claire Doole, Communicator and former BBC Correspondent (Chair).