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2:00 Climate Change and Human Rights
February 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
Climate Change and Human Rights
By 2100, at the latest, climate change is expected to upend most human systems. Increased global temperatures will lead to shortages of food and fresh water, while sea level rise will render many coastal regions uninhabitable. What will the human rights situation look like under such circumstances? People will demand unprecedented action from their governments; will governments reply with relief or repression? What will happen to the tens of millions of refugees fleeing natural disasters and starvation, when our global response to immigration is hardly sterling? Complicating these terrible problems is the fact that our systems are not designed to respond to them. Politics focuses on national or regional problems, not global ones, and the fact that the global economy is too brittle to weather disruptive climate change will only exacerbate the poverty of the most vulnerable. How will we address these new problems?