Climate crisis activist and lawyer to give keynote at MA Conference

Simon Stephens, 11.07.2019
Farhana Yamin will speak to theme of Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World
The climate crisis activist and environmental lawyer Farhana Yamin is to give a keynote at the Museums Association (MA) Conference & Exhibition in Brighton this October.

The theme of this year’s event is Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World. Yamin, who joined the Extinction Rebellion climate action group in 2018 as coordinator of its political team, advocates for the use of peaceful mass civil disobedience. She was arrested earlier this year for gluing herself to the London headquarters of oil giant, Shell.

As an environmental lawyer, Yamin has advised leaders and countries for nearly 30 years. She is an associate fellow at Chatham House, a trustee for Greenpeace UK and Julie's Bicycle, and is on the programme committee of WWF-UK. 

She is also a founder of Track 0, a not-for-profit organisation that acts as a hub to support those “transitioning to a clean, fair and bright future for future generations around the world compatible with the goals set out in the Paris Agreement”.

Also delivering a keynote on the first morning of the conference is Heledd Fychan, the head of policy and public affairs at Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales) and the chair of the MA’s Ethics Committee. Fychan is also a board member at the MA and sits on its Nations Committee.

Earlier this month, National Museum Wales won the £100,000 Art Fund Museum of the Year Award for the redevelopment of Sain Ffagan Amgueddfa Werin Cymru (St Fagans National Museum of History).

The MA Conference & Exhibition runs 3-5 October at the Brighton Centre. Early-bird rates are available until 31 July