US Climate and Health Alliance

Climate Change: A Human Rights Opportunity


A restaurant near Shanghai is charging customers a “clean air fee” to breathe unpolluted air. This is a response to air pollution levels hitting “red alert” status. It begs the question: is a healthy living environment a human right or a commodity?Last December, I attended the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) to study the role of public health in the climate change movement. At this conference of over 30,000 global leaders and concerned citizens, there was a rift between those who valued a profit-driven approach and those who valued a human rights approach to deal with climate change.

Resource Type
Blog Post
The Huffington Post
Resource URL
February 1, 2016
Organization Type
Climate and Environmental Impact
Climate and environmental justice/health equity

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