Fighting Climate Change to Protect Human Rights

iStock_000001811989_Large

When I was 7 years old, as I was living in Mexico, I believed myself to be a reckless Indiana Jones. I would always think about incredible adventures and journeys I could experience the world. At numerous times, I tried to escape from school and from my grandma’s house in the search of adventure and discoveries. The day I succeeded my escape, I ran to the closest park seeking a forest. Unfortunately, I got caught by my mom who went out for tortillas. My mom explained to me that I could not keep running away. I then argued, “but mami I want to travel the world on my own just like you did” and she answered the most interesting thing. She said “no mi vida you cannot. You are too little for now, and until then, I have the right to stop you and the responsibility to take care of you!”

Those words still resonate in my mind. How could she stop me? In some way, that right gave her power over me and over the way I wanted to live my life at 7 years old. It was at that moment I understood the power of having rights. Rights are more than a simple authorization because they are inherently yours. To use them you do not need any permission. In some countries, a “right” can seem to be a privilege instead of a collection of entitlements which a person may have that are protected by courts and laws that are inherent to a human being. However, the most curious thing about rights it’s that it comes with obligations.

Similarly, if we use and benefit from nature’s gifts and resources, we also have the responsibility to respect nature. Our right to feed and drink from earth comes with the responsibility of keeping the environment healthy to assure its sustainability. This responsibility is shared among all humans and should be reinforced by states and governments in a legal point of view.  States have guaranteed some rights that have been put at risk by climate change. Among the human’s rights threatened by climate change, the most at risks are notably: the right to life, the right to security and protection, as well as the right to health. Climate change is a real phenomenon in which the ecosystem and the environment change at the long term. This is especially due to an increase in the average global temperature. These changes are already a source of pain, death for many humans and animal species. Warm temperature corals have greatly suffered and died over the past decades, economic wars for natural products have even emerged. The rising sea-level is threatening coasts’ security as well as many islanders from becoming stateless. The fight against Climate change is a fight for all those you love and for brighter future. Defend and promote this movement. Let authorities know that we will stand for the protection of human rights!

“Our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all human kind.” – President Barack Obama, June 25, 2013”

“This is not a question of one nation or two nations. This is a question of humanity. Our world is our home,” Dalai Lama, 20 October, 2015

 


This blog post was written by a CCLA-PBSC RightsWatch student. Views

expressed do not necessarily reflect the view of the CCLA or PBSC.

 

About the Author

Jennifer Blackaller Ruiz
Jennifer Blackaller Ruiz is a first year law student who aspires to become an international lawyer for environmental and animal rights. Very engaged in the community, Jennifer has done over 300 hours of volunteering through out her studies. She is a passionate, enthusiastic, ambicious and hard-working women.