Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, global advocate for indigenous rights and health, and a leader focused on the impact of climate change on human rights, will present a keynote address at the Right Here, Right Now Global Climate Summit at the University of Colorado Boulder in December.

In 2005, Watt-Cloutier launched the world's first international legal action on climate change: a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights alleging that fossil fuel emissions from the United States—a large contributor to global warming—violated Inuit cultural and environmental human rights.

“Throughout her work as an innovative leader, author and speaker, she has inspired bold new thinking for building solutions to the climate crises that affect us all,” said S. James Anaya, a Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado Law School and chair of the Right Here, Right Now summit steering committee.