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.