‘Climate apartheid’: UN expert says human rights may not survive

June 27, 2019

UN expert condemns failure to address impact of climate change on poverty

The world is increasingly at risk of “climate apartheid”, where the rich pay to escape heat and hunger caused by the escalating climate crisis while the rest of the world suffers, a report from Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, in the new UN report launched yesterday 26th June 2019.

According to this report, climate change will have the greatest impact on those living in poverty, but also threatens democracy & human rights. Philip Alston said the impacts of global heating are likely to undermine not only basic rights to life, water, food, and housing for hundreds of millions of people, but also democracy and the rule of law.

Alston’s report on climate change and poverty was be formally presented to the HRC in Geneva on Friday 21st June 2019.

“Climate change threatens to undo the last 50 years of progress in development, global health, and poverty reduction,” Alston said. Developing countries will bear an estimated 75% of the costs of the climate crisis, the report said, despite the poorest half of the world’s population causing just 10% of carbon dioxide emissions.

The full report is available here: www.srpovertyorg.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/unsr-poverty-climate-change-a_hrc_41_39.pdf

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