March 4, 2007

Global warming a human rights issue

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, an Inuit and winner of the United Nations' Champions of the Earth inaugural award in 2005, has said that global warming constitutes a violation of human rights for indigenous people in low-lying areas throughout the world.

How hot is it? So hot that Inuit people around the Arctic Circle are using air conditioners for the first time. And running out of the hard-packed snow they need to build igloos. And falling through melting ice when they hunt.

Read her others speeches over the years here.

By the way...what would be Bush's message to the Inuits? Adjust and adapt i.e. get used to it! After all, only those that adjust and adapt will survive. Didn't that Darwin guy say something like that? Ok.. I'm just saying this tongue-in-cheek, but that was pretty much the response when some people brought up the issue of the adverse effects oil drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge would have on animals in the area. (citation needed.. had read this somewhere but cannot seem to find the article. Will link when I do)

Not sure if calling it a human rights issue is provocative hyperbole but climate change is no doubt as big if not a far greater threat to the world in the long run as international terrorism.. but guess where the billions are going!

Reference: My compilation post with various links on Global Warming and the Environment.

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