How is the changing environment impacting on human rights? Leading experts will debate the issue at the Australian Human Rights Centre's symposium, Securing the Environment: the challenge of protecting human rights in a changing environment to be held at UNSW.

The speakers, including the Shadow Minister for Climate Change, the Hon. Peter Garrett, will explore the environmental, health and legal consequences of climate change. Speakers will highlight research demonstrating that climate change and environmental degradation present critical challenges to the protection of human rights and the overall security of the nation.

Speaking with Mr Garrett at the symposium are Professor Matthew England, UNSW Climate Change and Environmental Dynamics Laboratory, Dr Jane McAdam, UNSW Faculty of Law, and Dr Hilary Bambrick, ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health.

"This symposium provides an outstanding opportunity to hear experts discuss this new and potentially problematic area of human rights. Debate now could allow us to avert an impending rights crisis," says Associate Professor Andrea Durbach, director of the AHRC.

The symposium is being held to celebrate the AHRC's 21st anniversary.

When: 6.30pm, Wednesday 2 May

Where: Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building

RSVP: Please call 02 9385 1803 or email AHRC to book tickets or for more information. Tickets are $25/$10 concession.