Climate Justice by Mary Robinson review – power to the people


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The former Irish president’s lucid manifesto argues that grassroots activists offer hope in the face of climate change

Over the past few decades, Mary Robinson has relentlessly promoted gender equality, human rights and social justice across the globe, both in her role as the former president of Ireland, and as the United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights. But as she admits in the opening pages of Climate Justice, she came relatively late to the public conversation on global warming and environmental sustainability.

That changed in 2002 when she set up Realising Rights. The project sought to advance economic, social and cultural rights for developing nations, making sure that fundamental human rights – such as the right to food, safe water, health, education and decent work – are guaranteed alongside promises of political and civil rights.

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Book clinic: which books can help me understand the Irish identity?


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From poetry to Roy Foster’s collections of history, our expert picks the books that illuminate Irishness. First, find a Dublin pub…

I live in London but am about to relocate to Ireland because of Brexit. Which books could help me to understand the soul of the Irish people?
Linda Joy, 50, communications specialist

JP O’Malley, cultural critic, journalist and writer, writes:
Begin in a random Dublin pub. Order a pint of Guinness, alone. Listen to the voices around you, but don’t stray far from your reading list. You’ll need a crash course in Irish history to start.

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