Human Rights Approach to Environmental issues
Created on November 14, 2022
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WWGS Human Rights Approach to Environmental Issues
What one word IMMEDIATELY comes to mind when you think about the word ENVIRONMENT?
Think of at least 1 stereotype associated with being 'green'
a Definition of ENVIRONMENT:
The impact of people connect directly to the environment
Environmental impact connects directly to people
People and planet are interlinked.
Right to health, housing, clean water and sanitation...
Environmental issues can impact:
Right to life, and to live in freedom and safety (article 3 UN Declaration of human Rights)
Connecting human rights with environmental issues:A disconnect between people and planet?
The Denial of entanglement
Why the disconnect?
Indigenous peoples: informed custodians of the land
Connecting human rights to environmental issues
Words not mentioned in The UN Sustainable Development Goals
The environment is tied to inequalities
When we dig deeper, we can discover many ways to create and advocate for long lasting change
Joining the dots
Exploring how the world is interconnected
Welcome Sumaya!Climate activist Member of Student Climate Action network (SCAN)
Patrick Kirwan, Irish Schools Sustainability Network. (Teacher, Ardscoil na Mara, Tramore.
Collective action: engaging with the system
Time for action
Time for reflection
Exploring environmental themes: A Human Rights Approach
Questioning our actions - are we using a solidarity approach? (for example, although well-meaning, are we taking a recyclable item and turning it into a non-recyclable in order to raise awareness? (glueing plastic or mixing it with other materials means it’s destined for landfill)
Waste systems: landfills and health
Who can slow and stop the flow of it?
How is plastic connected with other global justice issues?
When and why did we start using so much plastic?
Commodofication of soil
Time for action
Time for reflection
How does biodiversity link with other global issues?
Indigenous communities campaign for the rights of rivers
Indigenous Communities: custodians of land
What impact does biodiverty loss have on people?
Why is biodiversity loss an issue?
What is causing biodiveristy loss?
Exploring environmental themes: A Human Right Approach
Exploring environmental themes: A human rights approach
How lack of access to water can lead to other insecurities and inequalities - loss of livelihood, food scarcity, displacement, increased conflict); Island Nations going under Water - Kiribati , Water collection keeping Girls and Women from school and opportunity.
Is it right that some people don’t have access to water for drinking, sanitation or growing food?Water as a Human Right
what is causing water scarcity? Who can slow or stop this? How is this connected with other Global issues?
Water being denied to local communities as companies divert water for cash crops (Think of examples of this - Avocados, cotton, rice, palm oil, grain and soy for animal feed etc)
Questioning our actions - are we using a solidarity approach? (We can continue to focus on our own water consumption but we must also look at the root cause of some of these issues and see where we can aim our influence towards positions of power - for example boycotting products, creating collective action, raising awareness etc
World Water Day
Thank you :)
Additional slides below(Not used in presentation)
the denial of the limits of the planet
the denial of the immensity of the problem
the denial of entanglement
the denial of systemic violence and complicity in harm
the 4 denials
guiding principles of GCE
neo liberalist policies
Post colonial legacies
What systems and structures are causing this destruction?