APB’s Mary Robinson Makes Headlines as She Takes on the Climate Crisis with The Elders
28 Jan 2020
Former President of Ireland and APB speaker Mary Robinson is the Chair of the Elders, an independent group of global leaders working for peace and human rights, founded originally by Nelson Mandela. In her capacity as Chair of the eminent council, she recently took part in the annual unveiling of their signature "doomsday clock" in Washington, D.C. Used as a metric that measures the existential and global level of threat to humanity, the 2020 clock is set at 100 seconds to midnight, which is the closest to midnight it has been since 1947. This is a sobering wake-up call to pressing issues of our time, notably climate change and nuclear arms controls.
Robinson stated at the unveiling: “The science of the climate crisis makes it imperative that we take urgent action in 2020.”
One of the world’s most respected advocates for climate justice Robinson leads the Mary Robinson Foundation—Climate Justice, a center for thought leadership, education and advocacy for the poor and disempowered in the world that are disproportionately threatened by climate change. A sought-after speaker whose TED Talk received a standing ovation, President Robinson has moved audiences around the world with her passionate and hopeful call for all nations to work together to fight for a sustainable future.