The inconvenient truth about the greening of human rights

The inconvenient truth about the greening of human rights


Often said among the scholars, experts and academics that environmental issue is human rights and there is interlinked relationship leading to have an issue with vigorous debate. The connection between human rights and the environment are critically important, but are often poorly understood. Why should environmental protection be treated as a human rights issue? Would the Paris agreement be enough? The environmental issues parallel brings plenty of social, economic and individual problems. Increasing environmental pollution threatens fundamental human rights and freedoms including the right to life. That is why the environmental issues are not only the environmental pollutions but also a threat to the basic human rights which are protected by constitution and international agreements.

There is one who said an important lesson in my life. My grandfather values the meaning of life related with the environment. He once mentioned that we all living on this Earth need to learn how to preserve the nature and the resources provided for life which is the paper, water and food. Being a kid I could not understand the whole point when I overly had consumed the toilet paper filling up to the top of whole toilet. My grandfather has shouted at me giving me the point how important is the preservation of our planet Earth that provide the essential support of life for the humanity.  Years go by and I started to learn the importance of our life for this planet Earth.

Accordingly to this point, I would say as Bismarck would quote “politics is not an exact science”. We need an action with a care to preserve the environment and start protecting the human rights. Otherwise, this is where the realism comes in saying many people will have to adapt to a hotter Earth and some of them will need help. The fact is that climate change disproportionately affects vulnerable people, especially in countries with limited resources and fragile ecosystems. It also damages food supplies, spreading disease and creating refugees, and it is poised to become the most massive human rights violation the world has ever seen. We need to consider thinking about the vulnerable poor countries that experience drought, disasters, and heavy heat leaving them no food left to farm with, diseases and migration to big cities and other countries. We need to face the present reality and act upon it.

The good news is that we have created officially the so called document “Paris climate agreement”. I wonder when asking myself a question about this matter wondering whether it would be enough to save our planet from climate change. No one can say for sure. The Paris climate agreement, by contrast is sufficiently loose in its structure and modest in its aims to be able to withstand the countries with biggest carbon emitter. All 195 countries signed to this accord agreed therein to stabilize greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere so as to limit dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system and the maximum rise of 2C was established as the goal of international climate policy. The best is to set a strong policy that would help to sustain the environment which is the carbon tax. Would it be sufficient to prevent further climate damage? A stronger policy and a powerful law is always the best tool to have set for governments, companies and institutions that regulate greenhouse gases.  A scholar said “a human rights perspective on climate change essentially serves to reinforce political pressure coming from the more vulnerable developing state”. On the view set out here, I argue that climate change is regarded in international law as a common concern of humanity, and thus as an issue in respect of which all states have the legitimate concern.