"Climate change is a human rights issue" — Human Rights Commission

"Climate change is a human rights issue" — Human Rights Commission

July 18, 2019

This week the Human Rights Commission made its submission regarding the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill. 

In the submission, the Commission explained how climate change poses considerable challenges for human rights, both in New Zealand and globally. It addresses;

  • The unique human rights challenges of climate change 
  • Why the Zeron Carbon Bill needs to pay particular attention to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and New Zealand's obligations under the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples 
  • How the impact of climate change on health is increasingly evident
  • The relationship between climate change with economic and social rights 
  • The need to assert New Zealand's obligations under the Sustainable Development Goals   

The submission calls for the Government to incorporate a human-rights based approach to its response to climate change through the Zero Carbon Bill.

Click here to download a pdf version of the submission.
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