We are not safe

anymore: climate

change as a human

rights challenge for

the people of Vanuatu

By Karen McNamara and Rachel Clissold (The University of Queensland), Ross Westoby (Griffith University), George Koran, Stephanie Stephens and Willy Missack (Vanuatu Climate Action Network
19 / 07 / 2022
Sweet potato, Port Vila Vanuatu. Image Credit: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Human rights framings of climate change impacts can be important for amplifying the voices and interests of those that are often side lined, evoking greater moral urgency, and helping mobilise political action for climate justice. It is critical that Pacific Islanders are portrayed not as ‘victims’ or ‘proof’ of climate change, but as real people with dignity and dreams for the future. This study from Vanuatu Climate Action Network (VCAN), the University of Queensland and the Griffith University seeks to support climate justice framings and efforts to amplify the voices of those most affected by loss and damage, especially in international forums.

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