Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Climate change as a human rights issue

This very good Reuters article by Deborah Zaberenko gives a background on Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier and her efforts to make climate change a human rights issue.

The argument is simple: human induced climate change is depriving Inuits and other indigenous people of the right to live amongst the ice and snow as their culture has done for thousands of years.

The article points out that simply getting a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States is a victory. The real struggle is connecting climate change to human rights. And the article is free of any global warming deniers or people talking about the "winners and losers".

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