Scientific American: “Global Climate Talks Open with Push for Human Rights”

On December 1, 2014, Marianne Lavelle authored an article for Scientific American that stated that the UN climate talks in Peru will focus on climate change’s link to social justice and human rights, a major achievement and step forward for the environmental movement. The article stated that John Knox, UN Independent Expert on human rights and the environment, is optimistic that focusing on human rights’ relationship to the environment will encourage more productive climate negotiations. The article quotes Knox as saying, “As countries bring human rights to bear on climate change, they will find they have more in common than they think . . . There’s no magic wand. These are difficult talks . . . But I do hope human rights will help provide an additional sense of urgency and will make sure that the efforts themselves don’t create new problems for vulnerable communities.”

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