Pittsburgh, PA, March 24-28, 2015
Organized by: Sara E. Alexander (Baylor University)
Linking Human Rights and the Environment in the Context of Climate Change
Climate change continues to threaten the fundamental interdependence that exists between human rights and environmental quality. Without a habitable environment, human rights may become either unattainable or meaningless. Humanity’s absolute reliance on a healthy and healthful environment makes a right to such an environment a prerequisite to the enjoyment of other basic human rights. The issue of the indivisibility of human rights is also relevant and adds arguments to the strong linkage between human and environmental rights. Local populations not technically indigenous are most vulnerable because they have actually received less entitlement, through international law, to natural resources or a particular environment. Climate change exacerbates challenges to populations who are unable to claim basic human rights such as the right to self-determination, autonomy, or the recognition of traditional land rights. The papers in this session explore how human responses to climate cha
nge are playing out in terms of shifting value systems, changing worldviews, adjustments in how certain human rights are conceptualized, and redefining goals for the future.
If you are interested, please send your paper title and abstract to me at firstname.lastname@example.org