Glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, cloud forests are dying, and wildlife is scrambling to keep pace because of Global Climate change. Climate change is one of the biggest crises that humanity is facing. As a result of climate change there are more intense storms, more rain followed by longer and drier droughts (a challenge for growing crops), changes in the ranges in which plants and animals can live, and loss of water supplies that have historically come from glaciers. Climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. It is already affecting society in far reaching ways. In fact most human activities have an effect on and are influenced by environmental and climate change factors. Evidence for climate change abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans. Certain type of extreme weather events like Rising Sea levels, Floods, Heat Waves, Droughts, Desertification, water shortages, the spread of tropical and vector borne diseases have become more frequent and/or intense. These and other aspects of climate change affect the enjoyment of Human Rights by people throughout the world including – right to life, right to health, right to housing, right to an adequate standard of living, right to food, right to water, right to property, right to self-determination and also damaging some sectors of our economy. The present paper focuses on the Climate change and its impact on Human Rights. Climate change has emerged as one of the major threat to Human Rights of our generation. Climate change poses an enormous threat to the lives and well-being of individuals and communities across the world. The negative impacts caused by climate change are global, simultaneous and increasing exponentially according to the degree of climate change that ultimately takes place. Climate change, therefore, requires a global rights-based response. One reason for the attention to the relationship between climate change and human rights is the recognition that climate change is having an uneven impact across the world.
Climate change, emissions, human induced warming, right to food, right to health, UNFCCC