HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: “Climate protection and intergenerational justice: Who is responsible?”


Tuesday, 5 December 2023, 7:00 p.m.


Red Bar at the Volkstheater, Arthur-Schnitzler-Platz 1, 1070 Vienna

A top-class panel will discuss climate protection and intergenerational justice.

“We need disruption to end the destruction!” This is how concisely UN Secretary-General António Guterres calls on humanity to combat climate change. In July 2022, the United Nations adopted a resolution that affirms: Everyone has the right to live in a “safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment”. In this way, the international community unequivocally underscores the interplay between human rights and the environment. But what concrete measures are needed to leave a livable planet Earth for future generations? Are disruptive actions or climate complaints an effective means of getting humanity to act? How can a reduction in prosperity in the present be achieved in exchange for future climate security? And who bears the ultimate responsibility: politics, business, the courts or consumers? A top-class panel will discuss climate protection and intergenerational justice.

Welcome Notes

  • Michael Lysander Fremuth, Scientific Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights; Professor of Fundamental and Human Rights, University of Vienna

Keynote (online via Zoom)

  • Ian Fry, UN Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights in the context of climate change

Panel Discussion

  • Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology of the Republic of Austria
  • Michaela Krömer, Lawyer, Krömer Law Firm
  • Christian Piska, Associate Professor, Institute for Constitutional and Administrative Law, University of Vienna
  • Laura Sachslehner, Member of the Vienna Regional Parliament and Municipal Council
  • Lena Schilling, Climate Activist; Founder of the Youth Council

Audience Discussion


  • Sebastian Öhner, Board Member, Austrian League for Human Rights