Archive | June, 2009

Climate Change and the Social Justice Dilemma

10 Jun

“Our coasts are already under siege. Our beaches are already eroding.  Our land is already being washed away. Our coral reefs, and the marine life that they support, are already dying. Our homes, way-of-life and culture are already at risk. Our human rights are already being compromised, and our very lives are already being imperiled.”

–    H.E. Mr. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, President of the Republic of Maldives, in his address to the UN

Beach Erosion in the Maldives

Beach Erosion in the Maldives

In a December 7, 2005 petition to the Inter American Commission on Human Rights from a diverse group of Inuit from across Canada and Alaska made a dramatic charge: “The effects of global warming constitute violations of Inuit human rights, for which the United States is responsible.” The petition continued, “because of their close ties to the land and environment, the effects of global warming violate the Inuit’s right to enjoy the benefits of their culture.”

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