For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

2009-10-13

UW Law Students Take Climate Justice to Stanford, Europe

Jen Marlow and Jeni Krencicki Barcelos Jen Marlow and Jeni Krencicki Barcelos

Two UW School of Law students have brought the issue of climate change as it relates to human rights to the forefront and are on the road presenting their work this week at Stanford Law School and next week in Europe. Third-year law students Jen Marlow and Jeni Krencicki Barcelos were invited to present at Stanford Law School on October 15, one day prior to the school's conference focused on social and environmental justice, "Shaking the Foundations." From California, Marlow and Barcelos travel to Geneva, Switzerland where they will meet with the United Nations Human Rights Council and other NGOs and U.N. agencies. The two will then travel to Bergen, Norway, where they have been invited to present ideas and results from a conference they coordinated, Three Degrees: The Law of Climate Change and Human Rights Conference last May, a law student-led effort to develop a legal system addressing the impacts of climate change on human rights. The City of Bergen invited Marlow and Barcelos to talk at a conference convened to develop the Bergen Charter of Climate Change and Human Rights.

"We are very excited to participate in this exciting and ambitious collaboration in Bergen," said Marlow.

Marlow and Barcelos presented "Climate, Water, Ethics and Equity: Imagining a Three Degree World" at the First International Undergraduate Conference on Climate, Water, Weather and Society last July at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. Information from their presentations is being incorporated into a slideshow for The Climate Project (TCP), Vice President Al Gore's grassroots organization, as a result of the Three Degrees conference. Barcelos, a Gates Public Service Scholarship recipient, is a current TCP presenter who was trained by Gore to deliver a slide show based on his Academy Award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

Marlow and Barcelos are currently working on drafting recommendations to present to international policy makers at the United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 2009 (COP 15) later this year.