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氣候變遷就是人權議題! Climate change is a human rights issue!

氣候變遷就是人權議題!  Climate change is a human rights issue!


1970 年 4 月 22 日,在美國共有2,000 萬人站了出來(這占了美國人口的 10%!)呼籲加強保護我們的地球,點燃了全球氣候行動主義意識,這一天也成為史上第一個世界地球日。時至今日,每年的 4 月 22 日,氣候活動家齊聚一堂、鼓勵著大家為我們的地球採取行動!地球日就是公民社會的動員行動!





在東南亞地區,海平面上升的威脅迫在眉睫,沿海社區和基礎設施都面臨重大風險。曼谷、雅加達、胡志明市和馬尼拉等首都城市,都可能隨海平面上升而下沉,未來前景堪憂。根據政府間氣候變化專門委員會(Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC)的報告,到2050年,這些首都城市部分地區可能沈入水中,印尼雅加達部分區域甚至可能驚人地被完全淹沒。海平面上升將使越南湄公河三角洲數百萬人流離失所,更嚴重威脅本就飽受沿海洪水之苦的馬尼拉1300萬居民的性命。



Today is Earth Day! Happy Earth Day!

In 1970, 20 million people (consisting of 10% of the U.S. population) came together to call for greater protections for our planet. This became the world’s first Earth Day, igniting a global consciousness for climate activism. Every April 22nd, climate activists come together to empower others to take action for our planet - Earth Day is about civil society mobilisation!

Did you know that climate change also poses a threat to human rights?

As global temperatures rise, agricultural productivity diminishes, exacerbating crop conditions and resulting in decreased yields. Consequently, the scarcity of crops drives prices upward, exacerbating food insecurity and contributing to nutritional deficiencies among vulnerable populations.

Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change impacts due to its low-lying land, increasingly intense and unpredictable weather-related disasters, large populations, and the region's heavy reliance on agriculture.

Southeast Asian countries emit fewer greenhouse gases than the global north but are more severely affected by climate disasters due to inadequate infrastructure and lack of disaster preparedness.

Adoption of Climate Finance has become a focus of the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP), hoping that funds from wealthier countries can assist less developed regions to support both mitigating and adapting to climate change.

The looming threat of sea-level rise puts coastal communities and infrastructure at significant risk, with capitals like Bangkok, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, and Manila facing a uncertain future as they are sinking as sea levels rise. Parts of Jakarta, Indonesia, face the alarming prospect of total submergence. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), by 2050, parts of these capital cities could be underwater, displacing millions in Vietnam's Mekong Delta and threatening the lives of Manila's 13 million residents who are vulnerable to coastal flooding.

In addition, climate change disproportionately affects Indigenous Peoples - with approximately 150 million in Southeast Asia - their lands and livelihoods are put at risk by dwindling water resources and forest fragmentation. Socially and spiritually connected to the land, Indigenous communities face health risks from disrupted traditional food preparation and storage methods, exacerbated by air pollution from forest fires.

As climate change increasingly intersects with human rights, it becomes a pressing issue of climate justice. Let's make every day Earth Day by standing up for both our planet and our human rights!

🌱 APN Science Bulletin: Climate change scenarios over Southeast Asia
🌱 SEI: Indigenous Peoples of Southeast Asia reaffirm their rights
🌱 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)