Human rights and climate change: a fresh perspective

● By Karen Elizabeth McNamara ● Climate change has been considered under many lenses – economic, geopolitical, diplomatic and developmental. However, human rights are rarely considered. Instead, they are a peripheral concern for the diplomats, researchers and policy-makers working in the climate change field. This is a major oversight. Last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its Fifth Assessment Report, recognised it is now beyond doubt that the global climate system is warming as a result of greenhouse gas emissions. How is climate change affecting the basic right of people to sustain their livelihoods across the planet? Climate change may bring sea level rise, increasing extreme weather such as flooding and drought, unpredictable seasons, the increasing spread of both water and vector borne diseases, greater water shortages and rising concerns over food security. All of these gravely threaten people’s human rights: access to safe and adequate food and water, and the rights to information, justice, security, and culture. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, along with the eight international and legally-binding human rights conventions, protect human rights. For instance, the right to livelihoods and subsistence is enshrined in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights in Article 25, which states that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services”. This makes clear that people should not be deprived of their livelihood. In 2008 the United Nations Human Rights Council said climate change “poses an immediate and far-reaching threat to people and communities around the world” ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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