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Integrating Youth Perspectives: Adopting a Human Rights and Public Health Approach to Climate Action.

  • Academic Journal
  • Gasparri G; Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 9EP, UK.
    Tcholakov Y; Department of Epidemiology Biostatistics and Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, QC H3A 1G1, Canada.
    Gepp S; Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Corporate Member of Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 10117 Berlin, Germany.
    Guerreschi A; Department of Humanities, University of Ferrara, 44121 Ferrara, Italy.
    Ayowole D; Department of Medicine and Surgery, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife 220101, Nigeria.
    Okwudili ÉD; Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Abuja 900103, Nigeria.
    Uwandu E; Concerned Group for Environment, Population and Development in Nigeria (N-COGEP-D), Owerri 460242, Nigeria.
    Sanchez Iturregui R; School of Medicine, Faculty of Human Medicine, Antenor Orrego Private University, Trujillo 13009, Peru.
    Amer S; Plus1Vote, New York, NY 33301, USA.
    Beaudoin S; Department of Politics and International Studies, Faculty of Human, Social and Political Science, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 9DP, UK.
    Sato M; Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness, Samuel Belonging Lab, Toronto, ON M4W 2C1, Canada.
  • International journal of environmental research and public health [Int J Environ Res Public Health] 2022 Apr 15; Vol. 19 (8). Date of Electronic Publication: 2022 Apr 15.
  • English
  • Climate change is a multidimensional issue that affects all aspects of society, including public health and human rights. Climate change is already severely impacting people's health and threatening people's guaranteed fundamental rights, including those to life, health, self-determination, and education, among others. Across geographical regions, population groups and communities who are already marginalized due to age, gender, ethnicity, income, and other socioeconomic factors, are those who are disproportionately affected by climate impacts despite having contributed the least to global emissions. Although scholars have been calling for a human rights-based approach and a health perspective to climate action, the literature looking at this multidisciplinary intersection is still nascent, and governments have yet to implement such intersectoral policies. This commentary begins to reflect on the relationship between climate change, human rights, and public health from the perspective of young people engaged in climate action and discourse at the national and international levels. It presents a way forward on what we, as youth climate advocates and researchers, believe is a priority to bring intersectoral integration of human rights and public health approaches to climate change to fruition. First, scholars and practitioners should examine and support youth-led climate interventions that tackle human rights and public health violations incurred by the climate crisis. Second, participatory approaches to climate change must be designed by working synergistically with climate-vulnerable groups, including children and young people, practitioners and scholars in public health and human rights sectors to holistically address the social, health, and environmental impacts of the climate crisis and root causes of injustice. Finally, we recommend more holistic data collection to better inform evidence-based climate policies that operationalize human rights and public health co-benefits.
Additional Information
Publisher: MDPI Country of Publication: Switzerland NLM ID: 101238455 Publication Model: Electronic Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 1660-4601 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 16604601 NLM ISO Abbreviation: Int J Environ Res Public Health Subsets: MEDLINE
Original Publication: Basel : MDPI, c2004-
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Keywords: climate change*; co-benefits*; human rights*; intersectionality*; public health*; youth engagement*
Date Created: 20220423 Date Completed: 20220426 Latest Revision: 20220716

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