Have you heard of #ClimateApartheid and #ClimateRefugees?

Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur to the UN, published a report yesterday highlighting the effects and impact of climate change on human rights, especially concerning people living or near poverty.

Summary Highlights:

  • Climate change will have devastating consequences for people in poverty.

  • Hundreds of millions will face food insecurity, forced migration, disease, and death.

  • Staying the course will be disastrous for the global economy and pull vast numbers into poverty.

  • States are giving only marginal attention to human rights in the conversation on climate change.

  • Climate change represents an emergency without precedent and requires bold and creative thinking from the human rights community, and a radically more robust, detailed, and coordinated approach.

Climate change and human rights

According to the report, the last five years have been the hottest ever recorded. Global carbon dioxide levels began to rise after levelling off in 2017. Icecaps are melting, there is trash in the ocean suffocating sea life, and we are seeing wildfires, floods and hurricanes. There is so much data that validates that the Earth is beginning to