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Environmental rights, justice and climate change

Lewis, Bridget (2009) Environmental rights, justice and climate change. In Weber, Estelle (Ed.) Environmental Ethics: Sustainability and Education. Inter-Disciplinary Press, Freeland, Oxfordshire UK, pp. 63-79.

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Abstract

The human rights implications of climate change are increasingly gaining attention, with wider international acknowledgement that climate change poses a real threat to human rights. This paper considers the impact of climate change on human rights, looking particularly at the experiences of Torres Strait Islanders in northern Australia. It argues that human rights law offers a guiding set of principles which can help in developing appropriate strategies to combat climate change. In particular, the normative principles embodied in environmental rights can be useful in setting priorities and evaluating policies in response to climate change. The paper also argues that a human rights perspective can help address the underlying injustice of climate change: that it is the people who have contributed least to the problem who will bear the heaviest burden of its effects.

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ID Code: 29511
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: All materials made available as eBooks are copyright The Inter-Disciplinary Press. No reproduction is permitted. (from publishers website)
Keywords: environmental justice, human rights, environmental governance, climate change
ISBN: 9781904710745
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Human Rights Law (180114)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > International Law (excl. International Trade Law) (180116)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Inter-Disciplinary Press
Deposited On: 07 Jan 2010 07:52
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2010 00:16

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