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Published on February 21st, 2014 | by Gina Merlino

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Desmond Tutu Declares Climate Change a Human Rights Issue

Photo by Greater Tacoma Community Foundation http://flic.kr/p/9R3ruySouth Africa has notable inspirational figures. Last year we lost one of the greatest, Nelson Mandela. However, there is another leader who continues to spread faith, hope, and peace. Desmond Tutu is an Anglican bishop and social rights activist. He gained fame worldwide for opposing apartheid in the 1980s for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. Tutu is also outspoken on climate change, calling it a matter of justice and a crucial matter rich countries must take action on.

Climate change is a problem that affects everyone on the globe. No region of the world is immune to it. With extreme temperatures and major natural disasters, there is no excuse for ignoring or denying this matter anymore.

Tutu attends conferences and meetings where he encourages taking action to protect citizens and prevent disaster. He attended the first climate change hearing in Copenhagen with individuals from several countries to call attention to the crisis and seek “climate justice”. Although Tutu is retired, he is active in raising awareness, giving speeches at hearings, and being a tireless campaigner for human rights.

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.

Tutu goes beyond a scientific argument to invoke the morality of the issue. He sees how human beings are impacted by changing weather patterns and the repercussions that has for agriculture, infrastructure, and economies around the world. His words are profound and full of deep wisdom. Tutu declares that climate change is a human rights issue and uses the media as a platform to educate and get people involved.

The world’s forests are a shared stolen treasure that we must put back for our children’s future.

Desmond Tutu is a wonderful spiritual leader who invokes humanity into his arguments. Climate change is a matter of human rights and it is having devastating effects around the world. We must unite to tackle the problem and reduce the causes that make weather patterns so erratic. It is imperative for our future on this planet. It might be challenging, but we should have faith that it is possible.

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

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Gina Merlino is a freelance writer who cares about environmental issues. She has a Bachelor's in Philosophy, a Master's in Engaged Humanities, and is an avid reader of the news. You can find me on Twitter.



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