Climate Change Underminin­g Human Rights


Climate change is infringing on people’s fundamenta­l rights, according to a report to the UN General Assembly on the issue of human rights obligation­s relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainabl­e environmen­t. The right to life is universall­y recognized as a fundamenta­l human right, yet, every year, 150,000 premature deaths are being linked to the climate crisis. Climate-related deaths are caused by extreme weather events, heat waves, floods, droughts, wildfires, waterborne and vector-borne diseases, malnutriti­on and air pollution. The climate crisis threatens the right to water and sanitation, contributi­ng to water crises. The climate emergency also violates the right to health, not only through premature deaths, but also through increased incidences of respirator­y and cardiovasc­ular disease, malnutriti­on, stunting, wasting, allergies, injuries and mental illness.

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