Call for Contributions: Human Rights, the Environment and Climate Change

Are you passionate about human rights and the environment? Do you have experience dealing with climate issues? We want to hear your view! We are looking for academics, activists and practitioners working in the fields of human rights, environmental protection and climate justice, who are interested in contributing a post on Rights!.

In recent years, the footprint of human activity on the environment and the global climate has been progressively acknowledged both by the scientific and the international community. The Paris Agreement of 2015 marked the beginning of a global compromise, aiming to reduce greenhouse emissions from 2020 onwards following a variety of methods. If at least 55 countries that represent 55% of greenhouse emissions ratify the text, the agreement will become a legally binding instrument which takes care of climate justice. Recent rollbacks of existing climate regulations are however being planned, threatening progress. It is time to take action and raise awareness on the issue. Moreover, the interest in the environment and its link with the enjoyment of human rights is gaining more and more ground. Local communities are rising to stop the State and corporations from seizing part of the territory for exploitation purposes. As local environmental protection struggles to start bearing fruit, efforts by the opposition also intensify, resulting in an increase in the harassment, threats, and murders of environmental protection activists. 

We welcome a variety of approaches, including legal, political, institutional and social analysis. We especially welcome contributions that offer a practical perspective on the links between human rights, the environment and climate change. The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible topics:

-The effects of climate change on the enjoyment of human rights

-Climate change-induced migration

-The role of the UN Human Rights Council and other international institutions in the field of human rights and climate change

-Environmental vulnerability and poverty

-Human rights obligations and environmental law

-Environmental activism

-Indigenous rights and natural resources

-The right to a healthy environment

-CSR, business and the environment

 Guidelines for submission

-Deadline: 28 February 2017

-Lenght: 1500 words maximum

-Please follow the blog’s guidelines on style and references

-Include a short professional bio

-Send it to:

Submitted posts will be reviewed and selected by the editors of Rights!. We will let authors know by late March if their post will be published. For any queries, please write to

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