Human Rights Day: Climate change is also a human rights issue

Speaking ahead of International Human Rights Day on December 10th, the Spokespersons of the European Green Party have called for much greater recognition of the fact that protection from the most catastrophic effects of climate change is a basic human right, particularly by the world leaders meeting in Copenhagen in the next 2 weeks for the COP 15 Climate negotiations.

EGP Co-Spokespersons Philippe Lamberts and Monica Frassoni said:

“Climate Change was not an issue when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. However, we can now see that it is already having a range of implications, both direct and indirect, for the human rights of millions of people, particularly in the world’s poorest countries. If we look at the scientific data provided by the IPCC and other studies, as well as analysis of recent extreme weather events, we can see that climate change-related effects threaten many basic human rights, including the right to safe and sufficient food and water, adequate housing and security in the place where you live, good health and protection from diseases. At the crucially important UN climate negotiations taking place in Copenhagen,the world leaders meeting there must act in accordance with their moral and legal responsibilities to protect and further human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

“For us as Greens, the full impact that climate change is already having and will continue to have on the lives of people is best seen in a global context. And it is our role to get organised so as to better govern this issue at global level, beyond lengthy diplomatic conferences by getting civil society to have a greater impact on the decisions taken. The fight to stop climate change will not be over in Copenhagen.That is why one of the events in Copenhagen which we are most looking forward to is a Public Forum on Sunday December 13th organised by the Global Greens, the worldwide movement of Green political parties. This event will include contributions from key Green politicians from all over the world, including former Brazilian Environment Minister and potential Presidential candidate for the Brazilian Greens, Marina Silva, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai from Kenya, Senator Christine Milne, Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and Elizabeth May, leader of the Canadian Greens. “

NOTE FOR EDITORS: The Global Greens ‘public forum entitled Copenhagenand beyond: delivering a meaningful deal on climate change - the Global Green perspective”, will take place on Sunday 13th December from 18.00 to 21.00. The venue is Klimaforum09, DGI-byen, Tietgensgade 65, 1704 København. The full programme can be found here:

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