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United Nations says addressing climate change is a human rights issue

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Posted: Tuesday, July 4, 2023. 10:08 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Monday, U.N. human rights chief, Volker Turk urged world leaders to think long term when dealing with the climate crisis.

Turk noted that climate change threatens to deliver a “truly terrifying” dystopian future of hunger and suffering, the AssociatedFrench Press reports.

Turk says that extreme weather events were wiping out crops, herds and ecosystems, making it impossible for communities to rebuild and support themselves.

“More than 828 million people faced hunger in 2021. And climate change is projected to place up to 80 million more people at risk of hunger by the middle of this century,” Turk stated.

“Our environment is burning. It’s melting. It’s flooding. It’s depleting. It’s drying. It’s dying,” he added.

“Addressing climate change is a human rights issue… there is still time to act. But that time is now,” he said.

“We, the generation with the most powerful technological tools in history, have the capacity to change it,” Turk further commented.

He called on world leaders to act and to “shun the green-washers” as well as those who cast doubt on climate science.

 

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