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Issue Focus: Climate Justice and Human Rights

Dear Readers: I am focusing the blog on these issues for a time because I want to show the deep interconnection between environmental justice and human rights There are a few Buddhist human rights organizations, such as Buddhist Peace Fellowship, which champion domestic human rights in the US, and cover climate issues, but they don’t make clear the connection between climate and international human rights. On the other hand, environmental organizations, like One Earth Sangha, are strong on climate justice but don’t articulate the interconnection with international human rights. Environmental justice and human rights cannot be separated; they are intimately connected. We have to understand how people are connected to the land and inseparable from it.

In fact, few if any Buddhist organizations (that I know of) focus on international human rights, e.g. the victims of war and violence, and the mass migration of millions of refugees fleeing war and starvation, for which catastrophic climate change is a primary cause. Refugees are fleeing from the Global South, where climate change has already had catastrophic consequences, to the Global North, where they face racist, xenophobic populations that exclude, dehumanize and criminalize immigrants. All these issues: climate change, starvation, conflict, war, mass migration, racism, xenophobia, criminalization and the police state are all intricately connected in a chain of interdependent causation. I will be focusing blog posts on Engage to illuminate these connections.


One comment on “Issue Focus: Climate Justice and Human Rights

  1. Paula Shields

    You got to remember, not all the elitist live in the US. But, with the ice caps melting, Bangladesh will suffer the most in the near future. All of their land will be consumed by water.

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