Climate change deals with a long-term change in the earth’s climate. This change is usually a result of an increase in atmospheric temperature. A familiar example is the fact that glaciers are melting in arctic areas where melting should not be occurring.
When you hear ‘human rights’, what words do you think of immediately? I think of words like responsibility and equality. A human right can be defined as a right that belongs justifiably to every person. Regardless of one’s nationality, where they may reside, gender, religion, and so on, we are all entitled to human right without argument.
These two things – climate change and human rights – are more closely related than we may think. One directly impacts the other in ways that may not cross our minds regularly.
It is no secret that Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, but it is somehow the least populated as well. Due to their size they have the opportunity to enforce laws to protect their environment, but since it is least populated there are external forces that are using their land and deforestation is one of the main issues regarding this. One of the human rights is the right to life. Nicaraguans are being robbed of this right when companies come in and destroy their land. This land is used to supply not only food, but shelter as well. Without food or shelter, what quality of life does one have? These construction areas are also causing pollution, which essentially adds to the problem of climate change. We can now see how closely, yet again, human rights and climate change are interlinked. When they are being robbed of the right to food and shelter, they are being robbed the right to life. When they are being robbed the right to life, they are being robbed the right to have human right. The actions these construction companies are taking have an impact that reaches far beyond just simply cutting down trees.(http://www.fsdinternational.org/country/nicaragua/envissues)
Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey reflects on her travel experiences and the several encounters she had with wisdom keepers across the globe. She stresses the importance behind what our elders say and I feel that we should, as newer generations, hold true to our traditions. Times are evolving and we live in a highly globalized region; therefore, older customs and traditions are dying out. The importance of human rights has been brought to light more so in recent years, but have we lost our original ways? How did we lose our ways? Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey asks who is society to us to determine whether or not we are worthy depending on how we look or how much is in our bank accounts. This is where we have lost sight of our true human right and begin conforming to society. By conforming to society, we engage in business plots and often forget about the planet that we live on. Climate change is a direct result of our poor decisions. Our actions are finally reaping the consequences and we are slowly, but surely reminded how we have forgotten our ways and have become engulfed in the wrong things. She states, “it’s as though we are being sold a lifestyle, when what we want most is life”. Society has done a mind blowing job at making us feel like we may not be enough. This is their strategy. We buy products and services that make us feel the opposite. These are the very things that cause us temporary happiness while harming our planet and we do not think twice about it. We are the reason our very human rights are being tested because no one is responsible for climate change but us. Even now, since the issue has gained a lot more attention than in the past, there are still many people who either do not care what is happening or do not believe it is happening since they are not yet directly affected by it. Do people care about the quality of life their future generations will have or do they sleep well at night knowing they will not live long enough to see the traumatic effects take place? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrmZUqcVdow).
When Farish Noor refers to eurocentrism, he is referring to the tendency of individuals and cultures to view themselves as well as the environment around them from the perspective of their own culture, values, and beliefs. His main point that he makes is that Western domination of culture is now slowly globalizing. The west can be referred to as a melting pot, and in order for this region to succeed, it must adapt to the many different cultural backgrounds the people who reside in the area retain. Adapting to this sort of change is ideal in order for a nation of this stature to survive. Globalization of the west is a good, and very necessary, step towards progress.