Climate Change and Peace

 

I am not without hope. When we, humans, walk together in pursuit of a righteous cause, we become an irresistible force.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

It is no coincidence that the Nobel Committee has twice awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to individuals working on the environment and climate change. The link between climate change, peace and human rights is an inextricable one.

The need for oil to power our booming economies has underpinned many of the armed conflicts of the last century, even contributing to the escalation of World War II. As our world shifts and precious resources, such as water, become more scarce, these too will become sources of armed conflict.

If, as human beings, we have a universal right to life, liberty and security of person, and the very means of the survival of future generations are being squandered and polluted by our living habits, how are we not depriving the next generations of their most basic rights?

We are proud to bring you some of the voices of change working to wake the world up on its destruction of the very ground under our feet, while we honor some of the social entrepreneurs and others who are taking this challenge seriously and working to make positive change.

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