CLIMATE CHANGE AND FALSE ENERGY SOLUTIONS.

Updated: May 14, 2019


Climate Change implies a systemic violation of the Rights of Mother EarthThe Rights of Nature Tribunal has heard evidence for this case in the four International Tribunals: Quito (2014), Lima (2014), Paris (2015), Bonn (2017)

The affects of climate change our planet is experiencing includes:

•  Increased levels of the ocean •  Acidification of the ocean •  Loss of biodiversity •  Affects on the water cycle •  Desertification of land •  Forest fires •  Increase in extreme events



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Expert witnesses testified about how corporations such as Exxon not only profit from activities which they know cause dangerous climate change, they have also deliberately promoted false solutions to climate change (e.g. nuclear energy and gas from fracking operations) and are impeded the introduction of renewable energy and other climate change mitigation measures. In some cases corporations have spread false propaganda about indigenous peoples and others opposing the fossil fuel industry.


The Tribunal heard disturbing evidence from witnesses about the severe health impacts of living in places polluted by the coal, oil and gas industries.

Evidence was presented about how energy industry operations had contaminated water, air and ground in many parts of the world in violation of the rights of Mother Earth and of human rights. Witnesses from Mauritius and Texas gave evidence of the impacts of severe hurricanes and cyclones caused or exacerbated by climate change. For example, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, homes were damaged, environmental restrictions were suspended and people had to breathe toxic fumes.


The Tribunal found that gas extraction by means of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), nuclear energy and carbon markets are all false solutions used to delay the transition to low-carbon societies. For example, fracking “breaks the bones of the Earth” and only perpetuates the destructive dependence upon oil, and gas. Carbon trading commodifies nature and allows the wealthy to buy the right to exceed national emission limits. The Tribunal decided that promoting and undertaking these activities violates the rights of Nature, including the right to integral health.


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