Climate crisis is world’s greatest risk to human rights, says UN

Tuesday 17th September 2019 | Jake

The UN rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, has warned that the climate crisis will have a disastrous impact on human rights. Bachelet pointed at an increase in civil wars and continued disruption and destruction of indigenous people as indicative of degrading human rights globally.

Speaking to the UN human rights council in Geneva, Bachelet said the world “has never seen a threat to human rights of this scope”. Bachelet also spoke at length about the current crisis in the Bahamas, where hurricane Dorian has caused immeasurable damage, and taken the lives of at least 44 people.

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro 

She told the council island states like the Bahamas were in acute danger. Their inhabitants fast losing their rights to adequate housing, food, health, sanitation, water and work because of climate change. The UN has called for international action over the climate crisis, and particularly more coordination over the defence of the Amazon. This resulted in Bachelet angering Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro has told Bachelet to stop meddling in Brazil’s affairs.

A growing number of civil wars are linked to the climate crisis, with the UN estimating 40% of them being attributable to climate breakdown.