The Right To Be Cold: Human rights and our changing climate

January 28, 2016 - 2:00am to 4:00am

The Right To Be Cold BannerClimate change is transforming the Arctic and creating a massive challenge for meeting the new Sustainable Development Goals. Those living in the Arctic face the most extreme consequences of globalization and of climate change. Though we often hear about melting ice and threatened wildlife, it is the human story that can truly galvanize the world to “action for people and planet.”

In this globe-spanning talk, join Inuit advocate and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier to understand the crucial connection between climate change and human rights. Going beyond the science and the politics, Sheila shares her firsthand experience living in the Arctic and leading change on the global stage. Drawing on her ancient culture and speaking from a position of strength, Sheila helps audiences find common ground with those most impacted by our changing climate.

About Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision makers for over a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She speaks with passion and urgency on the issues of today—the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability—not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole.  At a time when people are seeking solutions, direction, and a sense of hope, this global leader provides a big picture of where we are and where we're headed. 

In 2007, Watt-Cloutier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work in showing the impact of global climate change on human rights—especially in the Arctic, where it is felt more immediately, and more dramatically, than anywhere else in the world. Watt-Cloutier is also an Officer of the Order of Canada. She is also the recipient of the Aboriginal Achievement Award, the UN Champion of the Earth Award, and the Norwegian Sophie Prize. 

From 1995- 2002, she was elected the Canadian President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). She was later elected in 2002 to become the International Chair of the ICC, representing the 155,000 Inuit from Canada, Greenland, Alaska and Russia; she held this post until 2006. 

Watt-Cloutier is the author of the memoir, The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet, published in 2015.

Your Chance To Win


Support the Campus Food Bank and Green Grants. Bring a donation to the evening event and you will be entered into a draw to win a $50 gift card to Carbon Environmental Boutique.

Non-perishable food, toiletries and monetary donations accepted.


Post a photo to Instagram or Twitter showing what you value most about winter. Include @greenuofa and #RightToBeCold in your photo description to enter.

The winner will be contacted by January 25, 2016.


Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (CCIS) Room 1-430
University of Alberta
T6G 2E9 Edmonton , AB